The Studio Sculptures

Jaya Pelupessy

November 25, 2017 - January 6, 2018
With opening speech by curator of FOAM Kim Knoppers

The Studio Sculptures by Jaya Pelupessy is a work in progress and will be shown in three different locations at three different times. The first opening was on the 25th of November at Galerie Caroline O’Breen where a site-specific installation was shown, the second presentation will be at Art Rotterdam and the third at Unfair Amsterdam.

From the series The Studio Sculptures, edition Galerie Caroline O’Breen, 2017, framed C-print, 95 x 142,5 cm

In The Studio Sculptures, Pelupessy continues his exploration into the field of reproduction and takes it a step further into the physical object. The gallery space is reproduced in a detailed scale model on a 1:5 scale. The images that are made for this series are images that (almost literally) put the process of photography on a pedestal. Tools that where used for creating that very same image. These works are photographed in the scale model and enlarged. Those works will be presented at the gallery. Creating a loop for visitors of the exhibition whom will physically be standing in the space. A space they are also looking at reproduced in the works.

Pelupessy on his work:
“In my work I blur the boundaries between research and end product, allowing both an equal footing. Moving between coexisting positions to gain new perspectives, I create visual illusions before undermining them in my role as researcher. Central to my work are the processes that lead to autonomous images; can examining the method itself –and making that process visible – reinforce, invalidate, or even give life to new autonomous images?”

Art historian and Foam curator Kim Knoppers wrote a text about The Studio Sculptures.


Jaya Pelupessy studied Photography at the HKU. After graduating with honors, Pelupessy won the Steenbergen Stipendium 2013. The work Traces of the Familiar, which he made with Felix van Dam, was presented in Foam 3Hand in FotoForum in Innsbruck. His photobook SET-PUT-RUN, published by Fw:Books was one of the Best Photobooks 2016 by the Volkskrant.


The Studio Sculptures is made possible by the generous support of: