Arno Nollen – Door Jouw Ogen Kijken

from Saturday, February 1st, 2014 to Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Door Jouw Ogen Kijken
1 February – 8 March 2014

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"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

"Dasein" ("for whom "Being" is a question") (serie :nr 3 ) sx70 polaroid

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Door Jouw Ogen Kijken
(ENG/NL)

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Gerhard Hofland is proud to announce the exhibition DOOR JOUW OGEN KIJKEN  by Arno Nollen. Motif for this installation is the book OGEN, a pseudo fictive story of a relationship. A poignant personal report about watching and being watched.

The exhibition consists of the book OGEN and a selected series of prints, pointing towards one of the mayor story lines set out in the book. A video of Marijke Verkaart, the antagonist in the installation ‘Through Your Eyes’ closes the circle, a muzak fills the space.
In addition to this exhibition we show some works  from the oeuvre by Nollen at the Veranda. The balcony shows a selected series of prints from another book, which Nollen made in commission recently.

The work of Arno Nollen consists of series, collections and sequences. A complete work may encompass numerous photographs brought together in the form of a collection of prints, or a dummy, or a book, or even in the form of a video. And although his primary medium is photography, Nollen’s work cannot be confined to a single image. Nollen always combines his images to produce a series or, to use his own words, to tell a story.
The interaction between Nollen and his models strikes up a tension that compels the viewer’s gaze. The images often register a mixture of conflicting signals and emotions: familiarity, mistrust, sincerity, reticence, aggression, seduction. Nollen’s models allow him to reveal them at their most vulnerable – unadorned and undirected – in his raw portraits. In contrast to what we routinely see in the media and classical art, Nollen’s models often pose stiffly, appearing uncomfortable and even forced.
The artist adopts an approach that is both immediate and confrontational, often photographing his subjects at close range, eye to eye. Always searching for the tension in an image that pins our gaze and fascinates, Nollen is ultimately a cold-blooded observer, documenting emotion with his camera.
Nollen’s eye for the details of light, background and setting, as well as the clothing and hair of the models is natural, dispassionate and almost unobtrusive, and unfailingly yields images of subtlety and empathy.
As we have seen, Nollen works in series. Portraits of the old and the young, and those of women, captured so closely, so intimately, that the camera registers every expression and fleeting emotion. Nollen often exploits repetition in his series – using an amount of material from one shoot to underline differences and similarities. The slightest changes in expression or posture can affect our reading of the image. And whether the emotions Nollen elicits are fascination, lust, disapproval or unease, his use of repetition enhances our response.

The installation ‘Door Jouw Ogen Kijken’ was realized with support of the Mondriaan Fund

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(titel show naar een songtekst, geschreven door video/stem/performance kunstenares Marijke Verkaart)

Met video bijdrage van video/performance kunstenaar Marijke Verkaart.

Gerhard Hofland is trots de tentoonstelling DOOR JOUW OGEN KIJKEN van Arno Nollen aan te kondigen. Basis voor deze tentoonstelling is het boek OGEN een beeldverslag van een relatie. Een indringende persoonlijk verslag over kijken en bekeken worden.
De tentoonstelling bestaat uit het boek OGEN en enkele afdrukken uit het boek. En verder een video van Marijke Verkaart en geluid.
Naast deze tentoonstelling tonen we op de Veranda een greep uit het oeuvre van Nollen en op het Balkon 42 afdrukken uit een ander boek dat Nollen onlangs in opdracht maakte.

De installatie ‘Door Jouw Ogen Kijken’ kwam mede tot stand met  steun van Het Mondriaan Fonds.

 

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