NICKY ZWAAN at GM8
FIRST CITYSCAPES EXHIBITION at GM8 SUPERSPACE
23 March to 27 April 2012 Cityscapes Gallery presents the first exhibition at GM8 SuperSpace: NICKY ZWAAN, TRYING TO CATCH UP WITH MY MOLECULES. GM8 is a new cultural hotspot, located in the former Huishoudschool at the Museumplein; now a temporary hideout for various artists and creative enterprises.
TRYING TO CATCH UP WITH MY MOLECULES
Cityscapes Gallery is proud to present at GM8 two recent installations by artist Nicky Zwaan in which she investigates how we ‘materialize’ the world around us through the perception of light.
The way Nicky Zwaan uses iridescent mirrors to unravel the beauty of our urban environment reminds off the use off mirrors to discover the ‘picturesque’ beauty of the natural environment in the 18e century. Like her picturesque predescessors Nicky Zwaan pictures the world in mirror image. Only the mirrors changed, so did the world.
LOCATION: GM8 SuperSpace, Gabriel Metsustraat 8 Amsterdam
DATES: 23 March 2012 – 26 April 2012
PRESENTATIONS: 23 March, 06 and 26 April, 20.00 – 22.00
Silent Spring is a light installation consisting of three parts: Cut-Away,- Ghost,- and Exploded View. The first part consists of a video projected on a fan. The image is like a cut-away view which reveals the inside of a machine integrated with its surface. The second part of the installation shows the image like a ‘ghost view’. The video projection shining through the fan, is caught by a circle of ‘broken’ mirrors. It is fragmented in several different directions and reflects off each of the shards at a different angle. The third part is simultaneously showing the whole and its constituent parts. In this world a flying bird doesn’t need to bridge time and space to go from one fragment to another.
WORDS BREAK THE WORLD IN PIECES
In this installation a projection materializes as spatial pixels. Light literally connects the viewer with the object, thus something is made visible which normally is not. ‘An object in space is only visible when light bounces off it and enters our eyes as a light wave. The object materializes in our brain, not on the table. We think we see it in front of us, when in reality it is hiding in our head’.