Sjoerd Knibbeler In Elements

28. February 2021 to 05. September 2021

How do you render wind visible? How do you depict air? How do you capture photographically something which usually eludes visual perception?

 

The Amsterdam-based multi-media artist Sjoerd Knibbeler (b. 1981) focuses on complex natural phenomena which he renders visible in his photographic works. An interest in discovering the world through human imagination, inventions and technologies is at the root of his work. Each set of works requires detailed precise observations of nature, experiments and discussions with scientists. On the basis of this, the artist develops various models which allow fleeting moments like a gust of wind or a beam of sunlight to be experienced. At the end of the investigation there is the photograph which visualises the quasi-invisible processes in aesthetically polished images — they, in turn, encourage us, the viewers, to engage with their content.

 

The main focus of the exhibition Sjoerd Knibbeler. In Elements is on works of the more recent series Surfacing Clouds and Current Studies as well as the Exploded Views. The artist embarked on the latter in 2017 during his artist residency at the Museum Kunst der Westküste on Föhr.  In the summer of 2020 Knibbeler again visited the island and took on a highly complex subject: climate change and possible human interventions. The newly developed works are included in the exhibition.

 

The multi-media artist’s distinctions include being selected as a “Foam Talent” by the renowned Amsterdam-based Foam Magazine and receiving the Grand Prix du Jury Photographie in Hyères, France. In September 2020, he won First Prize at the Backlight2020 Photo Festival in Finland.

Sjoerd Knibbeler
Current Study #3
Sjoerd Knibbeler
Current Study #3

Sjoerd Knibbeler
Current Study #3, 2013
UltraChrome print, 60 x 48 cm
© Courtesy of the artist

Sjoerd Knibbeler
Current Study #9, 2015
Sjoerd Knibbeler
Current Study #9, 2015

UltraChrome print

© Courtesy of the artist

Sjoerd Knibbeler
Exploded View #122, 2018
Sjoerd Knibbeler
Exploded View #122, 2018

UltraChrome print

© Courtesy of the artist

Sjoerd Knibbeler
In Elements (SSE-W), 2020
Sjoerd Knibbeler
In Elements (SSE-W), 2020

UltraChrome Print, © Courtesy of the artist