• Rob Nypels


  • Awoiska van der Molen

    Untitled, 2009
    Zilver gelatine print 116 x 140 cm

Awoiska van der Molen en Rob Nypels - pays / paysage - land / landscape

From 15 September through 4 November the Noorderlicht Photogallery will be showing Pays/paysage land/landscape. An exhibition about the approaches to the landscape in the work of Awoiska van der Molen and Rob Nypels, guest curated by Leo Divendal.

Pays/paysage land/landscape is an exhibition about the approaches to the landscape in the work of Awoiska van der Molen and Rob Nypels. The title itself suggests the several ways in which the subject can be approached. It touches upon land, ground and earth, as well as the landscape of which there is always a visualization. It touches on place, time and form; elements which come together in the work of Awoiska van der Molen and Rob Nypels. In their images the landscape is a construction. It symbolizes the inner region in which neutral terrain is transformed into an emotional landscape.

Guest curator Leo Divendal explores the two photographers’ approaches in two ‘stories’, A certain wilderness and The wild landscape. The wild landscape by Rob Nypels is characterized by the search for pure feeling in colour and light, in which all the components are held in a controlled tension with each other. References to specific places are avoided. In A certain wilderness, in the still of the night Awoiska van der Molen explores her union with the landscape in depth. This, in all its barrenness and pared-down essence, results in deep black images


Please join us at the opening of the exhibition pays/paysage land/landscape of photographers Rob Nypels and Awoiska van der Molen on 14 September at 5 pm.

Guest-curator Leo Divendal will open the exhibition together with gitarist and photographer Jan Voster. The two photographers will attend the opening.

‘In this combination I present their work in all its spatiality and emptiness, because not only does the work of the two contrast in its approach, but the work of each also puts pressure on the work of the other; it permits itself to be read as a poem. A certain wilderness. The wild landscape. Condensed, intensively brought together into a still unseen landscape, shaped by contrary likenesses: that is what connects their work.  That can only be because there is, at their basis, a particular relationship.

‘The architecture of the Noorderlicht Photo Gallery lends itself pre-eminently for this. The large hall, separated and framed into sections by pilasters, can be read like a book, the sections of the wall being the pages. Smaller works are shown in the lower room. A separate space has been organized around an associative collection of sources of inspiration, references and connotations, suggested by the artists themselves.’
Leo Divendal