The Landscape is Alive, Long Live the Landscape!
Clicking a green spot [
] on the map, moves you to another hall. You are in the hall with the red spot [
It goes without saying that the landscape changes, just as nature changes. The world changes, even the climate changes, but we actually call that movement.
Artist always have tried to record this. Ruysdael, Jongkind, Monet and De Staël
up till Jan Voerman, they will keep doing it, just because it fascinates them.
‘Rustic, plowing, sowing and harvesting’ the work will be expressed in matter and it will attract or repell the viewer. Sometimes these works are not meant to be viewed, but just to document.
But the city is expanding and it looks like it is swalowing the landscape. The industry with is office boxes covers its environment so slowly, you will get accustomed to it.
And the farmer, he quits farming, leaves it to process of enlargement and the government that, at least so it seems, suffers a democratic paralysis. What will happen next to our landscape?
Maybe there is an alternative. The counterculturist with his ideas about recycling, constantly advancing insight and knowledge of ecology. Or only be fully alive of the beauty, the ‘ everlasting beauty’, as described by Gombrich, who for the first time made look at things in a different way.
This exhibition will witness of this process and we are the witnesses.
March 12 2007