In this clip, artist Frank van der Salm, whose work is included in the Nature as Artifice exhibition, discusses his early influences from the New Topographics and how his work has since progressed to being less straightforward and more diverse in its intentions. He further describes his current processes working with architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron on photographing their designs in the contemporary Dutch landscape.
Then, artist Edwin Zwakman, also included in the exhibition, describes his process of building maquettes depicting futuristic forms commonly seen in the landscape and then photographing them in his studio. He talks about how he gains his inspiration and shows sketches prior to building the models he photographs. His models address the social contexts of the landscape and how it is always evolving into a cultural landscape or a place for human interaction.
The exhibition Nature as Artifice: New Dutch Landscape in Photography and Video Art, curated by Maartje van den Heuvel and on view at Aperture Gallery from September 10 until October 15, 2009, is a major survey of new work by contemporary Dutch artists who, over the past twenty years, have taken contemporary Holland as their point of departure.
In keeping with the golden age of Dutch landscape painting four hundred years ago, a new visual statement on the landscape has emerged from the Netherlands. Expressed through the modern mediums of photography and video art, this new imagining of the Dutch landscape is urbanized and altered, depicting the Netherlands as the most artificial country in the world.
The exhibition features the work of Hans Aarsman, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Driessens & Verstappen, Marnix Goossens, Arnoud Holleman, Gert Jan Kocken, Jannes Linders, Cary Markerink & Theo Baart, Hans van der Meer, Gábor Ösz, Bas Princen, Xavier Ribas, Gerco de Ruijter, Frank van der Salm, Hans Werlemann, and Edwin Zwakman.
On September 12, 2009, Aperture hosted a symposium at the School of Visual Arts’s new Visual Arts Gallery in New York City. Artists Jannes Linders, Frank van der Salm, and Edwin Zwakman, presented their work, followed by a panel discussion led by writer Tracy Metz and featuring curator van den Heuvel and Alison Nordstrom, of the George Eastman House, discussing the significance and implications of the art works exhibited.
The Aperture Gallery exhibition of Nature as Artifice is made possible, in part, by the Mondriaan Foundation and the Consulate General of the Netherlands.