ROOM 567 Pim Top
The work by Pim Top is probably more influenced by his studies at Erasmus University (Cultural Science, Philosophy, Art History) then by his brief stint at the art academy. Every image he makes comes from studies examining the way we perceive 2d images and the way we have, since the beginning of times, translated our reality to a flat surface and how this is used for communication. That is why his work could be referred to as a kind of hermeneutic realism and can be seen more as a formal study in image making and language in general. His work asks the viewer to be more mindful of the way he or she perceives his or her own reality in regard to aesthetic assumptions and the different types of value that can be attributed.
Using techniques such as focus stacking and using a technical camera he creates images that are both incredibly sharp and of very high resolution. By making images in this fashion it is the human eye that can choose what is worth looking at within the frame and in the process of looking creating its own depth of field because of the size of the images. It also makes it possible to cut and paste details of images on top of each other to bath the subject in its true self.
The labour intensive techniques used to show his subjects in minute detail further invite closer examination of these subjects. Not only what is depicted, but also the image as a whole, the composition in which the object is rendered and their textural appearance. These techniques also lend themselves perfectly for commissioned work as shown by the growing list of designers, galleries and others that want something done well and don’t mind taking the time for it.