Wooden Dimensions project
In old China an artwork was kept in a safe place and it was only shown on special occasions.
Because the artwork was only viewed once in while, it kept it’s capacity to trigger a refreshing experience. This idea appealed to Rudolf Boogerman, and as such, it became the foundation of the Wooden Dimensions Project.
The artist also wants to question the well known taboo that art shouldn’t be touched.
Especially for three dimensional art, it’s an important part of the experience to feel an artwork. Since the visitor can play around with the doors, it is possible to change the look of the artwork.
“We take light for granted while we forget about shadow.
Nothing exists without the positive and the negative.”
Shadow is indeed an important asset of Wooden Dimensions. Due to the often asymmetrical elements, especially the moving parts, intriguing shadows may fall upon the walls or elements of the artwork itself. This is often more apparent in videos then in reality because we tend to reason away shadows as irrelevant information in real life.
Because video is per definition 2-dimensional, we may notice shadows more easily.
Since 2017, the artist no longer creates new full scale Wooden Dimensions. Instead he presents concepts in cardboard which can be made in recycled wood upon commission.
On the right, you find the videos of the Wooden Dimensions project.
Willy Coomans wrote the following about the Wooden Dimensions project:
Gateways in wood, doors to a world of engagement wherein Rudolf winks with his eye, but at the same time stabs with a dagger. His work is a witness to the natural instincts in every human being, the longing to hunt, to hunt down, to shoot like the photographer and the “star”, like the footballer in the goal, like the rockets that can contain satellites but weapons of destruction as well. The hunter in Little Red saves our heroine, the hunter in Rudolf’s work shoots for pleasure at anything that moves. Humanizing this hunter’s instinct with a shooting stand, humanizing our longing to kill another living creature…is that a contribution towards art?
Exhibition Le chaperon rouge, July 2003 – St Hubert