• An evening with...#2 Rixt de Boer
  • 02.07.2015 18.00h 
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‘An Evening with…’

Galerie Gabriel Rolt has asked some special guests, working in different creative fields, to host an evening at the gallery during the months of July and August.

Our first event was hosted by Bas Geerts, who’s work is currently on show in the gallery. Our second guest is Rixt de Boer. Peter Schuyff will be our third guest on Friday the 10th of July.

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The Hills of Capernaum

What is worth more: a kilogram of stone or a kilogram of gold? This question by architect Adolf Loos inspired Rixt de Boer to investigate the value of materials and objects. In the performance ‘The Hills of Capernaum’ De Boer focuses on bread, an everyday object that has been consumed by men for ages. 
During the performance she constantly bakes breads, which are then photographed with a Polaroid camera, to obtain an immediate and unique result. This repetitive act results into a growing collection of photographs. During the performance the value and meaning of this object changes from daily food into a sculptural object. 

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Rixt de Boer (1992, Voorburg, Holland) lives and works in The Hague, Holland

In her work Rixt de Boer emphasizes the cultural and symbolic value of often basal and every day objects and the way they play a role in the collective memory. The subjects depicted in her work always have a somewhat practical and/or historical value and are part of daily rituals. They are things that have a purpose, or have somehow lost their purpose. Rixt often focusses on traces and gestures in her work. 
She works with different media, such as film, performance and installation and investigates the line between the two and three dimensional. The meaning of photography is often present in her work; its representative and perpetuating character. Rixt de Boer's way of working is always somewhat scientific in how she investigates the medium and the way she approaches her subjects. She investigates the subject in an observing way, focussing on its characteristics. Though this process is in a way systematic, the role of chance is also important. By approaching the subjects this way, she wants to leave space for the viewer to have his or her own interpretation. The interpretation of the viewer is important and therefore the viewers knowledge on and connection with the subject.