TJALLING VISSER & RODERICK HIETBRINK

DUO EXPOSITION
Rotterdam
11.03.2007 - 12.05.2007

Tjalling Visser (1980, Utrecht) makes objects from a minature world with big city allure. These objects seem like the last surviving remnants of a bygone civilisation. He constructs the urban environment: on scale cities complete with everyday surface life and underworld, a refuse, a personal parallel universe. There is an obsessive quality in this world. It is a game that is played with passion. Utopian images merge with the hard reality of urban sprawl. The magnificence of this environment penetrates the installation, seamlessly imbuing itself in its dynamic, self-constructed world. The installation is a natural process of construction and degeneration. Ideas about how the world could look are realised. It signifies a reinterpretation of the Western world, injected with foreign influences.

Visser´s installations evoke feelings of chaos and desperation through an overload of materials and composite parts, unnerving flashing lights and the noise of falling water droplets. It is a vision of earth on the brink of extinction. It a metaphor for mans obsessive compulsion to break every natural law so to bring the world in line with his needs.

Aside from these objects, recent photographic works will be shown. These pieces include enlarged details of his objects.

Central to the work of Roderick Hietbrink (1975, Gorssel) is the nature/ culture relationship and the role of humans within this. Particular focus goes to the human requirement to regulate and to forego the unpredictability of nature. Hietbrink is fascinated by what people create so as to satisfy this need and, in his work he attempts to exploit this drive to control.

The video installation entitled "The Fringing Forest" consists of a seven minute loop showing images of a forest on a summer day. The sounds that surround the audience in the exhibition space consist of various breeds of bird from the woodlands across Europe. The comfortable atmosphere that these audio and video elements conjure up is slowly penetrated by an airy sound, followed by a low rumbling. Through the branches and leaves, an oil refinery becomes slowly more visible. All birds silence their song. After a minute the installation takes us back into the woods, and the situation steadily returns to its previous state.

Aside from this video installation, recent photographic work by the artist will also be exhibited. In these examples the viewer is confronted with contrasts of space and scale: within spaces are access points to other spaces, so that the impression of the whole suddenly becomes very open.

Work