Opening 2 april 17.00 - 20.00
Ruth van Beek - Eleni Kamma - Emmeline de Mooij
Curator Christine van den Bergh
Opening 2 april 17.00 - 20.00
Soledad Senlle Gallery is pleased topresent the group exhibition ‘Picturing Nature' featuring three emerging artists. These artists question with a sense of humor and criticism the opposition of nature and culture, the real and the artificial. They bundle all of these elements with their wishes and desires and with that trigger themselves and the viewer. Their work is related to the human imagination of associative thinking and perception. Similar characteristics in their work are: lightness, layers, vitality and construction.
Ruth van Beek collects all sorts of photographic images. She cuts them out and removes them from their original context. The images, consisting of family photo's, news paper pictures, images from books and leaflets, together form her archive. From this archive she composes new images in which the physical character of the picture is emphasized. By arranging and placing different images next to each other, she constructs a new, ambiguous ‘story' in which truth and fiction are no longer distinguishable. In the exhibition 'Picturing Nature' she presents collages of animals and landscapes. These collages are subtle, direct with a strong visual language and they make the viewer think about changing meanings of things and situations placed in a new context. Ruth van Beek [1977,NL] studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums amongst others at van Zoetendaal, Foam in Amsterdam and Season gallery in Seattle. Until 17 April her work is shown at Noorderlicht in Groningen.
In her drawings, books and videos Eleni Kamma researches a future architecture that rejects oppositional philosophies. She searches for the acceptance of other visions. By analyzing systems of classification, she unravels how the stereotype is formed and how the meaning comes into being. In a seductive manner, Kamma sheds new light upon the structures of our society, our surroundings and our architecture. Kamma repeatedly reconstructs the spaceand rearranges historical and characteristic layers of meaning of an object. By processing the objects into a new context the meaning also changes. The artist thus challenges the spectator to draw on its own knowledge and experience andhence reflect upon the work. In the work PLANT, 2009, every print is produced by the juxtaposition of an actual plant and the architectural ground plan of a nuclear factory (power plant). The piece is a reflection of nature versus present-day culture. Eleni Kamma [1973,GR] lives and works in Maastricht and Brussels. She studied fine art in London, Athens and at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht. She exhibited amongst others at Wiels Project Room in Brussels, gallery Nadja Villene in Luik, Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht and the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens.
The work of Emmeline de Mooij has a strong philosophical background. Her installations, performances and photographs deal with the contradiction between complex modern life, which is filled with material things and the nostalgic primitive. Inspired by the position of men in the present society, she often uses nature to research who we actually are. The artist wants to realize a certain public awareness on the condition humaine. De Mooij's installations are built up with daily materials such as clothing, every day artefacts and plastic bags, but also mud and plants. These unusual materials play an essential role in herwork. Her photography pieces balance between performance and documentary because of the experimental approach towards the medium photography. A recent development in her work is to introduce fictional stories. By doing so, de Mooij consciously creates obscurity about the fictional or non-fictional character of her stories. The artist is convinced that authenticity is a relative concept. Emmeline de Mooij [1978, NL] studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. She exhibited in Stockholm, Berlin, Los Angeles and in New York where she had a solo exhibition at Capricious Space.