Black Crop

While I was working on the edit of CROPS I made a version where all the
circles were cut out and placed on a black background.
This was an attempt in getting the viewer more focussed on the circle, instead of being disrupted by the corner left-overs in the square frame.

A short while ago, Michel Banabila asked me for some visuals for his upcoming show in Gorlice (Poland)  and I gave him a selection of these black background circles. One by one, they are going to be beamed behind him while he is playing his set.

It is good to see them again: the endless variation between harvesting, ploughing and seeding becomes even more clear on this black background.

Black Crop



Take a look at Playground on vimeo here

You can watch the film in the Museum Jan Cunen in the exhibition “Almost Nature” and in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam as part of the exhibition Google Mapping.

Almost Nature


Museum Jan Cunen
Opening Zondag 15 Juni 2014
Design: Catalogtree

Google Mapping, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

The invitation for the upcoming exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. CROPS and a new film called Playground, again with a soundtrack by Michel Banabila, will be shown in combination with Hans Gremmen’s route 66 “roadmovie” The Mother Road.

The computer connects us to locations almost anywhere in the world. Digitalization and navigation by satellite enable us to visualize these locations clearly within only a few mouse clicks. Routes can be studied and photos of travel destinations can be viewed.

The Google Mapping presentation demonstrates how graphic designer Hans Gremmen (Langenboom, 1976) and artist Gerco de Ruijter (Vianen, 1961) make use of these media, which are accessible to everyone. Each of them applies the available potential in a completely individual way to represent icons from American culture.

The Mother Road (2010-2011) by Hans Gremmen is a virtual journey along the legendary Route 66. Photos borrowed from Google Streetview bring a journey over this highway in the USA to life. Route 66 is the road that connects east and west in the United States. Hans Gremmen edited the photos from Google Streetview as if they were film stills, putting them in sequence. The result gives the illusion of a travelogue filmed from a moving car.
Gerco de Ruijter’s CROPS (2012) is a video collage compiled from photos of irrigation systems in the USA that he gathered from Google Earth. It is a collection of almost abstract images that evoke new associations through the style of montage. It is as if the hands of a clock are illustrating the passage of time, or as if you are looking at the start-up strip of an old celluloid film: it is abstract and realistic at the same time. In a rather similar approach, De Ruijter collected images of American Football fields and placed them in sequence to create the projection entitled Playground (2014). The result is fascinating: various representations suddenly loom up from an abstract series of pictures of field lines with identical measurements. They are symbols of diverse sports clubs that are unmistakably American.


Oosterwijck small

Last week it was very busy on the big farm of John Oosterwijck.
The perennials (in the 4 inch pots) are labeled and parked outside temporarily.
Orders for the big garden centers are put on the conveyor belt, loaded on auction carts and into trucks later.

Most plants are so small that you can only see the brightly colored tags: ” three times daily watering, blooms from May to July. On shaded ground only.”

19 maart lezing BK050 Gerco de Ruijter

lezingen BK050 voorjaar 2014

Dit voorjaar nodigt BK050 vier beeldend kunstenaars uit die allen werken vanuit zeer verschillende invalshoeken en met uiteenlopende media en materialen. Wat ze in hun werk echter gemeen hebben is een sterke verwantschap met de schilderkunst.

woensdag 19 maart
Gerco de Ruijter


Gerco de Ruijter experimenteert op bijzondere wijze met het oog van de camera. Hij fotografeert landschappen door zijn camera aan een vlieger te hangen. De intensiteit van de beelden lijkt in tegenspraak met de eenvoud van de wijze waarop ze tot stand komen. De afwezigheid van de horizon waarop wij normaal onze blik oriënteren, leidt tot een wonderlijke en raadselachtige abstractie van het landschap. Dit maakt de Ruijters fotowerken eerder verwant aan schilderkunst dan aan documentaire fotografie.

De toeschouwer raakt betrokken bij de Ruijters verwondering over de schoonheid van datgene wat voor het menselijk oog haast onzichtbaar, zelfs onbereikbaar is, maar dat zichtbaar gemaakt wordt met behulp van het mechanische oog van de camera.

Tentoonstellingen onder andere: Hirshhorn Museum, Washington (VS, 2013), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2011), Fries Museum (2009).
Gerco de Ruijter woont en werkt in Rotterdam.

LOCATIE: Walstraat 34, 9711 VS Groningen
Aanvang: 20.00 uur

Kosten: € 7,50, cursisten, medewerkers en studenten (op vertoon van collegekaart) € 5


BK050 is de werkplaats beeldende kunst van de Kunstencentrum Groep.

meer informatie over de lezingen van BK050

Gravel brick wall

Gravel Brick Wall
In Europe most soccer is played on natural grass, a 75/25 mixture of two species, perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass.These grass species grow best in mild sea-climates, they need sunlight, vertile soil and water.

There are two alternatives for the grass surface; artificial grass and gravel.

In Google Earth I have found lots of gravel soccerfields, in Spain, Portugal and the North part of Africa, Marocco and Algeria.
I have also found them along the river Rhine between Karlsruhe and Duisburg, following the path of clay and clay-brick factories.

Seen from space distance the soccerfield gravel rejoins its origin: it becomes a brick again.

I have used my collection to built this wall, a gravel brick wall.                                 (click on the image to see the soccerfields)