hiryczuk / van oevelen: landfall
authors: mark kremer, helga fassbinder, tom conley
format: 17 x 25.5 cm
2011, jap sam books
In a Dutch-English edition, the artist duo Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen reports on their project for the Amsterdam Zuidas.
For this a parallel has been drawn with a volcanic island on the south coast of Iceland. In their artwork, nature and landscape are next to architecture, both a spatial location. The photos show the development of the Icelandic island and the urban expansion. There are introductions to the art project, to the city and nature and to the philosophy of the parallel between the emerging architecture and the island. Isn’t art also an island?
A logbook precedes the artists to record their adventure in Iceland.
All in all a complex book in which the photos of nature, art and contemplation give a dualistic view of the relentless natural and human actions that are brought together in the artworks. Nature and people come to a compromise here, but outside it remains the tension between artificial and natural reality. What’s real?
A difficult subject, interesting for thoughtful urbanites and nature lovers.
The publication, compiled and edited by Marente Bloemheuvel and Zsa-Zsa Eyck, contains not only the work [text and image] of the artists but also contributions from, among others, Mark Kremer, Helga Fassbinder, Gilles Deleuze, ‘L’île déserte’, 1953 [transl. Monique Scheepers] and with an introduction by Tom Conley.
To view the exhibition click here.