Nature of Particles

Arja Hop & Peter Svenson, Karen Lee Williams

September 8 - October 6, 2018

Albada Jelgersma gallery is pleased to open the new season with the exhibition Nature of Particles, showcasing recent work by artist duo Arja Hop & Peter Svenson and Karen Lee Williams.

The artists in the exhibition can be perceived as researchers. They investigate the elements of our daily life through the use of chemical processes and color pigments. Their varied approaches flirt with a scientific view of the world, but the works surprise the viewer with unexpected imagery evoking the mystical and intangible.

Karen Lee Williams (1980), who exhibited with the gallery in 2017, searches for the confrontation between science and intuition. With her sculptures and photographs, she challenges conventional assumptions about natural phenomena and materiality and she makes us aware of the absurdity in trying to reconcile reason with gut feeling. On view in the exhibition will be various cyanotype photograms, a process invented in 1842 known for its blue hues and was used for blueprints, as well as an installation of rope on the floor and several wall sculptures. Lee Williams is inspired by instances where superstition and mysticism infiltrate scientific discovery and technology. Her work results in a playful interaction between logic and emotion.

A similar social involvement is evident in the work of artist duo Arja Hop (1968) and Peter Svenson (1956). With their photographs they let us perceive nature and its surroundings in a different way while making us aware of the history of the soil of a certain area and of the way plants react to their environment. Together they have developed a way to print extracted colors from plants. In an installation of more than 2.5 by 2.5 meters, they show the residues of hollyhocks growing on various locations in Amsterdam, resulting in an abstract panel of colors. In their work they use different analog photographic processes that can best reflect their findings. They complete all stages themselves. Methods they use are photograms, large format film, silver gelatin and chromogenic prints with a central role of the darkroom. They produce images that have a visual appeal and encourage thinking as well.