Still/Life Contemporary Dutch Photography Art Exhibition
FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam and The Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art co-sponsored the exhibition Still/Life - Dutch Contemporary Photography. In this exhibition, all the works are from the contemporary photography artist of Netherlands, which is a series of photography group exhibition about the concept of still life. From the flowers and fruits of the classical period to the minimalist industrial products of the modernism period, the theme that still life is as a prop for supporting life and in order to symbolize the metaphor of life is constantly re-interpreted as a photography classic type. Focusing on still life gives younger generation photographers of Holland a way to think the forms of contemporary visual concept. Here are discussions of the image of the object viewed, and also the deep thoughts on the contemporary issues and formal language. It is a combination of space, entity, images, color, light, and geometric abstractions. Then it converts from the life field to the image of the art scene. And through the combinations of video, installation, exhibition site, it uses humor and witty ridicule creating an obvious and fresh style of Dutch photography visual ID. It also attracts more attentions and more gained international honors for the Dutch photographers' creative influence.
Still life paintings are praised as the genre paintings of everyday life. It is a spiritual traditions and cultural heritage of Dutch art since a very early time. From the beginning of 17th century, Dutch paintings have been continued with such values. When democracy and freedom get rid of the shackles of the church and the court, the artists pay more investment to praise the secular life, human freedom and liberation. When the vessel shell flower fruit are no longer the embellishment background for the character, and they are no longer just the food of the saints, then they become independent existence still life subject, and they earn praise aesthetic freedom and life affirmation again. The love and passion for secular life is just as strong as the blooming of Dutch Golden Tulip. Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer are the most prominent representative of artists of Dutch school since the 17th century. They uphold the history of Flemish painting history, and they were influenced by Rubens and Bruegel. Portraits, still life painting and landscapes custom painting are the best expression of the Dutch people to their national temperament. They are optimistic, kind, brave, happy and romantic, and they are enjoyable to praise and feel pride to extraordinary things. The level of aesthetic culture to the things is beyond the moral dimension of ethics, so that it makes the things out of the subsidiary everyday things and gains an independent value of subjectivity. Potatoes, this kind of still life photography works even remind us of the famous Dutch painter Van Gogh’s painting: The Potato Eaters, this painting is a continuation of the work style of the same strain of the Dutch custom painting in real life concerns of history. And it become a realistic allegory, potato, this trivialization of life is treated as carefully as a contemporary classic fine jewelry products. It is a accidental guide for people, and a non-poetic presence gaze attention, so that the everyday objects of mediocrity which contains beauty can return to life site and regain the respect for the secular.
Whether the inside of still life photography is the concretization or abstract thing to find goodness truth of life, the inheritance to the details, the process-oriented and embrace life and reflect on life and contemporary society is maintaining the reality of the real concerns associated and the study of visual specific artistic language, and it maybe the heritage aesthetic attitude and life wisdom from golden age of Dutch art from the 17th century and then brought to our time.
Blommers & Schumm
Fleur van Dodewaard
Krista van der Niet
Lernert & Sander
Scheltens & Abbenes
Anne de Vries (Den Haag, 1977) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2002. Previous to that he followed an exchange program at the prestigious Cooper Union Art academy in New York. In the course of the years his work has been shown in various art and fashion related exhibitions, books and magazines, including Foam, W139 in Amsterdam and the Scope Hampton Video Festival in New York. He guest curated the Arnhem Mode Biennale in 2007. His work is included in several collections, such as the collection of Foam and Photo museum Winterthur.
Anne de Vries: Eye Candy, 2007
Maurice Scheltens 和 Liesbeth Abbenes在一起工作，组成了艺术家二人组。在过去的11年中他们在很多地方展览过自己的作品，2000年在阿姆斯特丹市立博物馆，2004年在紫罗兰画廊，2006年在海牙市立博物馆，2008年在阿姆斯特丹W139画廊，2010年在阿姆斯特丹Arti et Amicitiae艺术中心，还有很多其他的地方。另外，他们的作品发表在很多杂志上，比如《Wallpaper》, 《Volkskrant Magazine》, 《Dazed & Confused》以及《Fantastic Man en l’Officiel》。他们一起为很多客户创作过作品，例如阿迪达斯，爱马仕，耐克，汤米·希尔费格和维克多&罗尔夫。
Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes work together as an artist duo. During the past eleven years they exhibited work in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2000, Galerie van Zomeren in Amsterdam in 2004, GEM in Den Haag in 2006, W139 in Amsterdam in 2008, Arti et Amicitiae in Amsterdam in 2010, amongst others. Their work is published in magazines such as Wallpaper, Volkskrant Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Fantastic Man en l’Officiel. Scheltens & Abbenes realized assignments for clients such as Adidas, Hermes, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Viktor & Rolf.
Qiu Yang（北京，1981）于2007年毕业于阿姆斯特丹格瑞特雷伏德学院，他在很多杂志上发表了自己的作品，例如《Capricious》, 《Livraison》 和《Photonews》，并且在很多地方展出过他的作品，2010年在阿姆斯特丹摄影中心，2009年在柏林的MK画廊，2008年在温特图尔摄影博物馆，2006年在阿姆斯特丹W139画廊。
Qiu Yang (Beijing, 1981) graduated the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2007. His work has been published in magazines such as Capricious, Livraison and Photonews and exhibited in the ACF (Amsterdam Centre for Photography) in 2010, the MK Galerie in Berlin in 2009, Photomuseum Winterthür in 2008 and W139 in Amsterdam in 2006