A line, a grid, a knot
Bart Lunenburg, Chaïm Dijkstra
15 Oct — 10 Dec, 2022
Festive Opening on Sat 15 Oct, 16–18 hrs
The exhibition A line, a grid, a knot is a duet of works by Bart Lunenburg and Chaïm Dijkstra. For this show, Bart Lunenburg invited Dijkstra to exhibit as a guest artist. They both simulate geometric still lives and constructions in front of the camera, in the form of scale models or experimental colour studies. These conceptual, yet often playful arrangements and compositions challenge the two-dimensional surface of photography and give form to research into a.o. architecture, memory, colour theory, and technical restrictions of the medium of photography.
The multi-disciplinary exhibition A line, a grid, a knot features photographic series by both artists, accompanied by sculptures, drawings, and textiles — all put into dialogue with each other. In this presentation, colours, lines and plans are woven, blended and intertwined. They are put together into a conversation between Lunenburg’s and Dijkstra’s work.
In A line, a grid, a knot, Chaïm Dijkstra presents a selection from their ongoing Colour Still Life series, which include works made with their newly invented colour photography processes, and the self-developed colour camera. Bart Lunenburg presents new abstract compositions from his series The Healer (2022), a research project on the relationship between architecture and epidemic diseases, as well as new works from his Brick Weaving (2021 – 2022), a multifaceted project in which he investigates the overlap between brick construction and the history of textiles.
Bart Lunenburg (b. 1995, NL) is a multidisciplinary visual artist who researches themes related to architecture and its history, urban design, and architectural heritage. He works with photography and video as well as with sculpture, drawing, textile, and spatial installations. In his work, these different modes of expression often have a similar starting point — he builds and photographs scale models to develop his research. The artists graduated in photography from the HKU in 2017, and his work received attention both in the Netherlands and abroad. Currently, Lunenburg is exhibited in a group show at Kunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort, NL) and with a solo presentation at Buitenplaats Doornburgh (Maarssen, NL). Past presentations include FOTODOK / Casco Art Institute (Utrecht, NL), Garage Rotterdam (Rotterdam, NL); Fotografiska (Stockholm, SE); R SPACE (Ljubljana, SL); Museum Flehite (Amersfoort, NL), P/////AKT (Amsterdam, NL); Prospects at Art Rotterdam; and Unseen Photography fair. In 2018 he was nominated for the KF Hein Stipendium, and in 2021 — for the Foam Paul Huf Award. His work is in the collections at a.o. AMC, BPD, Ekard Collection, Reyn van der Lugt, Stichting StrandLinks and various private collections.
Chaïm Dijkstra (b. 1990, NL) is a visual artist focused on the investigation into colour and light. Their work consists of conceptual colour studies and deploys self-invented technical processes. For their experiments, Dijkstra designs their own colour cameras, colour photography processes and directing projections. These inventions often concern technical restrictions of perception and representation of colour in photography. Dijkstra delves into the history of science, photography and colour philosophy to translate the answer into a physical work of art. In 2019, the work of Chaïm Dijkstra was shown at VeniceBiennale as part of a video installation Blurring the Lines at the European Cultural Centre (Venice, IT) and at Espace 15 during Paris Photo 2019 (Paris, FR).