Sjoerd Knibbeler

In Elements

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Sjoerd Knibbeler
In Elements

Ed. Museum Kunst der Westküste, text(s) by Jörg Colberg, David Keith, Ariane Koek, Pia Littmann, graphic design by Rutger Fuchs

German, English

2021. 144 pp., 70 ills.

hardcover

21.00 x 28.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-4911-4

The Image of the Invisible

How do you make wind visible? How do you create a picture of air? How do you capture something in a photograph, when it is already difficult to get a visual fix on it? From its invention in the early nineteenth century onward, photography has been an instrument of scientific research. In line with this tradition, the Amsterdam-based artist Sjoerd Knibbeler deals with complex natural phenomena, which he makes visible in his photographic works. His work is rooted in his interest in discovering the world through human imagination and technology, and so he engages in meticulous observations of nature, experiments, and exchanges with scientists. On this basis, Knibbeler constructs fragile models that allow ephemeral phenomena, such as gusts of wind or sunlight, to be experienced. At the end of these explorations, he creates photographs that make it possible to perceive quasi-invisible processes in aesthetically sophisticated images, which in turn animate us to explore their content.

In his work the Dutch visual artist SJOERD KNIBBELER (*1981) explores the scientific view of the world through the means of photography, using strategies such as observation, experimentation, and model making.

Museum Kunst der Westküste, Alkersum/Föhr
February 28–September 5, 2021

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