Van Gelder


18 Oct - 26 Nov 2014

Gliding #1, 2014
Scanned Mirrors #1, 2014
in GvG

18 October until 26 November 2014
OPENING: Saturday 18 October, 17:00 - 19:00 hours

The exhibition 'Gliding' of Danish artist Myne Søe-Pedersen is about photos of horizons and mirrors in which the use of a camera is absent. Computer software has been used to make a digital horizon photo transformed to an 8 x 10 inch transparency. In fact to the digital photo the edge of a contact sheet was added making it into a make-believe transparency of a (virtual) horizon. This brings these photos down to a double fakeness that is all around us. In her other computer software works there is the illusion of deduced space flooded by abundant trembling colours. Nowadays reality is not so much an item and these series of works seem to suggest that merely the impression of a horizon or space is good enough for us.

A mirror put on a scanner - that is by the way provided with a traditional lens - creates a picture of a mirror looking at itself. It is not fake, but nevertheless very different from a mirror taken with a common camera. There is always reflecting light in the given surrounding. Opposite to a scanner where only objectifying light is available when the scan is made. This causes a gloomy atmosphere of the mirrors that Myne Søe-Pedersen puts on show in 'Gliding'. It is as if the mirrors are blind, apart from the edges.

With the exhibition 'Gliding' Myne Søe-Pedersen investigates the possibilities between abstraction, concreteness and make-believe in order to achieve impressions of chequered colours and reality. Her work is about capturing remembrance in photographic images as was noticed already when the Steenbergen Stipendium was awarded to her in 2001. The report of the jury says: "Photography is about dealing with that which one encounters. On the contrary Myne concentrates on that which was there once, and which is gone now. She examines how time and remembrance can be captured in photographic images. Her research for this and the concept development is as important as the final photo itself."

Myne Søe-Pedersen studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and was a student of Willem van Zoetendaal, among others. She had exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and her work is in the collection of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Dennis Hopper Collection, Los Angeles, Novo Nordisk Art Foundation, a.o.

Tags: Dennis Hopper, Myne Søe-Pedersen