About the exhibition
During Amsterdam Art Week 2022 The Gallery Club presents her newest exhibition The American Landscape, Part 2, providing a new perspective on the landscape of the United States through the eyes of the Dutch photographers Iwan Baan, Marie-José Jongerius, Aram Tanis, Rein Jelle Terpstra and Bert Teunissen. All of them have extensively photographed the American landscape over the course of years. Their work represents the diversity and grandeur of the American landscape, capturing the West coast to the East coast and anywhere in between.
Photographer Iwan Baan is primarily known for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. His clients are architects like Rem Koolhaas / OMA, Herzog & De Meuron, Zaha Hadid Architects, Bjarke Ingels / BIG, Sou Fujimoto, Diller Scofidio & Renfro, SO-IL and recent Pritzker Prize winner Francis Kéré, among others. His photographs of Frey House II in Palm Springs flawlessly capture the midcentury modern design by architect Albert Frey, in a photographic language so characteristic for Baan’s photography.
In her landscape photography Marie-José Jongerius looks for boundaries, limits and edges between nature and the manmade world. For her series Nocturnal she uses darkness to convert everyday scenes such as highways, urban sites and palm trees into an almost otherworldly fantasy world. Deep blue colored areas containing the barely recognizable contours of an important landmark or an abandoned parking lot bathed in light; the depicted is recognizable, but at the same time feels fictitious. In Nocturnal, the viewer steps right into that stillness and alienation of the nocturnal world.
Isolation and standardization are important themes in the work of Aram Tanis. Important motifs in his work are buildings and the urban landscape. By photographing them, he wants to capture the anonymity of the contemporary urban environment and the isolation of the people who live in it. Tanis feels drawn to the anti-glamour of the world we live in, therefore wants to show the other side and go beyond the façade. The Gallery Club is proud to present a brand new series by Tanis, which he recently photographed in Las Vegas in February 2022.
Rein Jelle Terpstra
The Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train – The People’s View is a project by Dutch photographer Rein Jelle Terpstra and presents a reflection on the Robert F. Kennedy Funeral Train, that rode from New York City to Washington, D.C. on June 8, 1968. The project is entirely based on memories, snapshots, home movies, and sound, recorded by bystanders standing along the tracks that day. Up to one million Americans stood along the railway, paying their respects as the train slowly made its way from New York City to Washington, D.C. It was famously captured by Magnum photographer Paul Fusco. Rein Jelle Terpstra reconstructed this important day in American history by using vernacular photographs, film stills, and the personal recollections of eyewitnesses.
In The American Landscape, part 2 The Gallery Club shows footage by Larry Beers, whom Terpstra met in 2015 in Elkton, Maryland. Larry, who had been homeless for years, would often tell Terpstra about the day the funeral train passed through Elkton, right past his childhood home, and how he had filmed it with his first 8 mm camera.
Photographer Bert Teunissen has traveled all over the world for his project of more than two decades, Domestic Landscapes, of people posing in their domestic spaces. He views his work as both an anthropological study and a study of national character. This specific series focusses on Teunissen’s photographs he took for his Domestic Landscape project in the Everglades, Florida. Photography has played an important role in the construction of the myth and reality of the Everglades, one of the most contested and unique environments in the United States.