Overview participating exhibitions
For his hypnotising video Crops, Gerco de Ruijter looked for images on Google Earth taken by aerial cameras. Each selected image is one of the countless fields in the southwest of the United States which are sprayed by means of centre pivot irrigation. De Ruijter cropped the photographs in such a way that the fixed pattern of a circle in a square remained in all of the images. He then placed them in a four-minute-long animation. The colours change with the season and the cultivated crops while the irrigation machine divides the plots into different strips like the hand of a clock. The mesmeric haze of the work, compiled from over a thousand images, is emphasised by the lingering, stuttering electronic music of Michel Banabila.
In BAUMSCHULE Gerco de Ruijter plays with the sharply defined agricultural landscapes of tree farms. Small deviations stand out in the rigid rhythms of the rows of trees – and it is precisely these deviations which assure that we are again aware of nature. ALMOST NATURE was done in an evergreen nursery in Boskoop, South Holland. Each plant there is a clone, so that each colour represents a different original source. They are, De Ruijter observes, the equivalent of the photographic pixel.
Gerco de Ruijter (Netherlands, 1961) graduated with distinction from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam. Since 1993 he has participated in countless solo and group exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. His work is included in various public and private collections.
Price EUR 15,00