Exhibitions at Van der Mieden Gallery
For Adam Jeppesen there is no "either/or". Things simply are. For better or worse.
In recent years, Jeppesen has been exploring various materials and printing techniques, out of a desire to get even deeper into the process and break with the smooth surface of photography. This was seen in his last solo exhibition X at the Van der Mieden Gallery in 2014, where desolate landscapes were translated into a series of photogravures, in which the same motif slowly faded out through the ser… more
A photographer that builds, a builder that takes photographs, or an architect in disguise? The artist identity of Filip Dujardin (b. 1971, Ghent) encompasses and at the same time rejects all of these descriptions. Rather than who he is, the artist himself prefers to describe what he is engaged in: a multimedia exploration of the essence of architecture. Dujardin began this visual research in 2007 with the series Fictions. This ongoing series consists of photo montages made up partly of images of… more
"Can you turn off the lights? Or are you too lazy?" An elderly lady appears from behind stacks of boxes filled with old paper. Her entangled hair sticks out in every direction, she wears three aprons which she has knotted on top of one another and smiles with a teasing look in her eyes. Photographer Hanne van der Woude looks up, staggered. After having shot test portraits of the retired graphic artist Ben in his impressive home, a previous school building in de Betuwe, he encourage… more
CAIO REISEWITZVida EscondidaOctober 28 – December 03, 2011Opening: October 27, 6-9PMThere is obviously not one truth. There are many versions of the same reality. Caio Reisewitz ‘s Hidden Life series deals exactly with that. There is always something in his landscapes that our eyes won’t see right away. A favela hidden in the midst of a luxurious green forest for example. You have to really look deeply… it’s small, but it is there. Just like in real life, when w… more
PABLO PIJNAPPELStudio N°02October 28 – December 03, 2011Opening: October 27, 6-9PM‘A strange madness has overcome the working classes from nations where the capitalist civilization reigns. This madness brings social and individual miseries that have tortured humankind for two centuries. This madness is the love of work. This moribund passion for work pushed out all the vital forces from the individual and his progeny until they were hollow. In lieu of reacting against this mental… more
Photography always puts reality into frames. The photographer takes a picture of something and thereby decides to leave everything else out of it, whereas it might well be possible that the things left out are far more important than the objects in the picture. We tend to object to this by saying that photography violates or undermines truth and reality because it distracts us from the essential events happening at the same time. In a way, that is a valid objection: a picture evidently will neve… more
In Wild Signals (2007, 9:42 min), a video by Canadian artist Kevin Schmidt (1972), a concert stage is installed in the center of an uninhabited and snowy landscape. Suddenly, out of nowhere, music starts and colored light beams start flashing. It's the theme sound that was used to communicate with aliens in Spielberg's classic Close Encounter of The Third Kind' (1977). Spielberg was inspired by 19th century scientific sound and light research, like the musical language Solresol, created by Jean-… more
Christian Noirfalise (°1979, Laken, België), who majored in painting, creates portraits, landscapes and still lifes, classical themes which constantly reappear. However, his work is anything but classical: he doesn't work on canvas but uses a camera and Photoshop. Christian doesn't hide the fact he works with Photoshop because his work isn't about creating the perfect photograph. He uses pieces of photographs as strokes of paint as it were. With a painter's eye, he applies light and shadow, v… more
Still life, landscape, portrait. All classical themes in art history, but also still important for today's artists. Instead of paint, Christian Noirfalise uses his camera. He combines these three themes with his own images. One work sometimes contains over three hundred images from his personal archive. It is important for him that the images used come from his own archive or from the person that he portrays. This to guarantee that there’s a story behind every detail that is part of the big pi… more
Born in São Paulo Brazil, in 1967, Caio Reisewitz is a photographer who portrays the attendance of the sublime in nature, in its most classical denotation. In Reisewitz's grandiose photos, the indisputable protagonists are mighty thickets and plains, rivers and meadows, in which the human being seems to have hardly interfered. Nowadays, these nearly Utopian, pristine natural scenes are hard to spot in their attempt to defend themselves from human actions.
His landscapes seem secret places, com… more