The human species consciously and extensively intervenes in the natural environment, for habitation, agriculture, industry, transport and recreation.
We all know the sad stories of pollution and injuries to the landscape i guess.
In the mean time humans, like other species, are careless as well.
This carelessness also leaves traces of human activity.
One could call it the aesthetics of human carelessness.
Libbert shows photographs made during her travels.
They are usually attractive pictures of less attractive carelessness.
They have the deceptive beauty of apples in paradise.
Their abstract, sometimes even gemlike beauty, contrasts starkly with their often distressing content.
Very inventive is the way Van Eyk’s intervention in the gallery connects his and Libbert’s works. Van Eyk is the most “objective” of the three artists.
His aesthetics of carelessness are about the traces you may pass along on a daily basis without noticing them.
Small signs of decay and destruction like cuttings or abrasions.
Guimarães’ works are the most festive of the three.
His two warm-hearted and colourful video’s celebrate life with the sheer joy of colours, and additional sounds produced by others.
Once absorbed in these attractive video’s it is difficult to stop watching them.
All together this very interesting show gives a much needed deviant accent to the otherworldly historic dollhouse-beauty of Delft’s city centre.
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