GERALD VAN DER KAAP - Permanent Wave : Opening reception: Saturday 1 February, : 17 - 21 hrs

1 February - 4 April 2020

HERO proudly presents Permanent Wave, a solo show of new work by digital art pioneer Gerald Van Der Kaap. The exhibition comprises a series of new, large scale photographic work accompanied by a video piece shown in the anteroom.

To create the new photographic works, Van Der Kaap logged into the black box in which all his digital files since the early 1990s have been stored. Landscapes in particular: skies, screendumps of early computer desktops, waterlilies, noise, photos of trees (manipulated in a sketchy way, unfinished), film stills. Files with different creation dates have been unlocked, some seen and read for the very first time. Mined from the black hole of memory. Some files had to be converted via a detour. Some works became works in works, captioned with multiple dates.

They are mixed with abstract, graphic elements, mainly grids of horizontal lines - a reference to a video mixer uses by Van Der Kaap during his vj-performances. The new works are beautiful, playful and allusive. They are printed in several layers on ultra-durable safety glass, as if they must be able to withstand all future disasters, of the kind that he specially developed for his permanent work at the metrostation Europaplein.

The works in the main gallery space are accompanied by a soundtrack with the raw sound recordings from his experimental feature film Beyond Index. We hear industrial factory sounds, monologues and excerpts from the score. In the anteroom we see a video projection, the re-enactment of Yves Klein's Jump into the Void. It can be understood, as we have seen in Beyond Index, as an end, but also as a beginning. In this context, it generates multiple connotations. It naturally relates to the ambition to free yourself from the weight of limitations, but it also acts as a declaration in favor of autonomy, to the liberation of the idea through re-enactment, copying, reiteration and sampling of digital images, used and adjusted on-the-fly; in a deliberately playful way.

The exhibition title is taken from a sentence in a travel dictionary, a strange expression that captures the sensitivity of the exhibition. It is a wish for the impossible, a wave that never crashes, that is always busy, in a state of eternity that is never realised.

About the artist

Gerald van der Kaap (1959, Enschede, Netherlands) is an Amsterdam-based artist who is regarded as one of the true pioneers of digital art. His work has been subject of numerous exhibitions including two solo shows at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; Art Institute, Chicago; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong.

Kaap’s work has been included in important collections like the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam ; Groninger Museum, Netherlands ; Centre G. Pompidou, Paris ; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque ; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam ; Huis Marseille, Amsterdam ; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam ; H+F Collection, Barcelona ; ABN AMRO, Netherlands and the Caldic Collection, Rotterdam.