LISANNE SLOOTS & CHRISTINA DELLA GIUSTINA
Opening friday November 30, 2007 at 5 pm
Nature, especially trees, light and reflection, both Lisanne Sloots and Christina Della Giustina transform these natural elements in their own specific way and work. Grey, black and white absorb the colours of our surrounding.
Lisanne Sloots collected for these works the burnt remains of a 16th century smithy found during an excavation in Hoorn (Noord-Holland). She collected the visual impressions and the experience from the excavation as well as the burnt material and transformed the past into the present: from reduced (burnt) material into a new image. In spite of the raw material, this work shows vulnerability also because of the transparent cloth and thin paper used as underground. Burnt material is used as pigment and combined with arabic gum to make paint, making the works appear both dusty and vulnerable. By using the black material her work also refers to graphic art. The impressions become imprints, taking us back to another time and place, like echo’s from the landscape. Ash is like shadow: grey-black. Both shadow and ash are a result of light energy. Ash is a stable material, it doesn’t bleach in the light, it gives its colour away during the warmth of the fire.
Christina Della Giustina 'tree studies'
‘tree study 03’ builds a connection between a detail of the actual environment in front of the exhibition space and the Soledad Senlle’s Gallery space: a live camera transmits from within the gallery a real-time image of its surroundings. Since the image is inverted, the viewer entering the room and passing the live camera appears on screen too as a white silhouette, together with its black shadow produced by the very light of the video projector. Sometimes the viewer’s white silhouette and its black shadow meet on screen.
In these transformed reflections, we see the surroundings together with ourselves from another point of view. In generating a ‘way of saying’ for this very site ‘tree study 03’ suggests encounter, disclosing and addressing the power and intimacy of our presence.
Together with ‘tree study 03’ as live video installation, ‘tree study 01’ and ‘tree study 02’ are shown as single channel videos, with audio tracks by Aliona Yurtsevich.