Henk Stallinga – Animated

from Saturday, August 25th, to Saturday, September 29th

ANIMATED

By Henk Stallinga
25 August – 29 September 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, August 25 from 17:00 hours.

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present Animated by Dutch artist Henk Stallinga. This is the second solo-exhibition by Stallinga in the gallery, following Levity (2016).

The art of Henk Stallinga is characterised by his large multimedia installations in which the artist treats industrial design as his medium. Stallinga formidably combines natural elements and recognisable (consumer) objects in order to overwhelm his audience with effects that usually escape our attention in daily life. While the artist previously took light and time as the subjects of his installations, Animated shows the installation Fanscreen (2016-2018); a screen that addresses the notion of transparency of light and motion, and that renders the essence of film and animation both visible and tangible in a unique way.

Fanscreen
The spatial installation Animated is the centrepiece of the exhibition. The screen, which was inspired by the traditional room-divider, consists of a series of panels made from individually programmed computerfans. The room-divider, hailing from a rich tradition of being visually decorated, can now generate an infinity of images and animations by itself, as the fans function as the pixels of a screen.
While the computerfan usually remains invisible, it has become both the material and visual foundation of Fanscreen. The fans behave both as pixels and ornaments, selected for their beauty that goes unnoticed in their daily use. Because the fans remain transparent even when turning at full speed, Fanscreen is exempted from its  function as a room-divider. Simultaneously, its transparency endorses the installation’s relationship to the exhibition-space, because it can be looked at as well as through, and the wind from the fans makes the animations physically sensible. This way Stallinga offers us a new perspective on the notion of the moving image, while confronting us simultaneously with the hidden beauty of an everyday commodity. Animated marks the first time that the installation will be presented in its entirety.

Light Paintings
Along Fanscreen Stallinga presents a new series of Light Paintings. By means of geometrically designed light-tubes the artist offers resistance to the dominant frame of the painting, and shows what it means to literally paint with light. The Light Paintings do not just show light as a sensory and effective form of energy, but as a solid and material entity as well.

Henk Stallinga (1962, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam. He graduated in 1993 from the Rietveld Academy after which he opened Studio Stallinga. Work by Stallinga is part of several international and public collections such as the MoMA, New York, SFMoMA, San Francisco (both US), the Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen (DK) and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This year installations by Stallinga will on view at Awakenings Festival and Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, and late 2019 the entire oeuvre of Stallinga will be shown during a traveling exhibition in Japan.

 

Artists

Henk Stallinga, Fanscreen, 2016-2018, computer fans, aluminium, wiring, Arduino, variable dimensions

Henk Stallinga, Planes (Dyptich), 2017-2018, LED, polycarbonate tubes on canvas, pigment, wiring, 135 x 90 (per panel)

Henk Stallinga, Fanscreen, 2016-2018, computer fans, aluminium, wiring, Arduino, variable dimensions

Henk Stallinga, Planes (Dyptich), 2017-2018, LED, polycarbonate tubes on canvas, pigment, wiring, 135 x 90 (per panel)

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