Opening, Exhibition — Photography

ONE PLACE | ONE DATE | TWO EVENTS

Date:
24 November 2022 up to 28 January 2023
Location:
→ Bildhalle – Willemsparkweg 134H
Willemsparkweg 134
1071 HR Amsterdam
Open:
  • Wednesday 12:00—18:00
  • Thursday 12:00—18:00
  • Friday 12:00—18:00
  • Saturday 12:00—18:00
Open today from 12:00 to 18:00

KACPER KOWALSKI – EVENT HORIZON

SHOWROOM: NEW WORKS BY CASPER FAASEN, ILONA LANGBROEK AND BASTIAAN WOUDT

FESTIVE OPENING AND BOOK SIGNING IN THE PRESENCE OF THE ARTISTS THURSDAY, 24 NOVEVMBER: 18:00 – 21:00

BILDHALLE AMSTERDAM: WILLEMSPARKWEG 134H

THE EXHIBITION LAST UNTIL 28 JANUARY 2023

Kacper Kowalski, Archè #67, 2020.

Join us to celebrate the opening of the solo exhibition “Event Horizon” by Kacper Kowalski and the newly established Showroom with new works by three renowned Dutch artists. Kacper Kowalski will sign his new book “Event Horizon” (published by 1605 Collective).

Event Horizon is a continuation of his Arché series, but for his latest work, Kowalski pushes the boundaries even further. Driven by his instinct to create bold and spectacular images of winter landscapes, he shows his homeland of Poland from a perspective hidden from most people. Extreme weather conditions could not stop the photographer. Kowalski’s photographs, shot from 150 m above the frozen water, are particularly impressive, showing a natural spectacle that looks like abstract paintings created by nature.

The newly established showroom at Willemsparkweg is dedicated to the artists Bildhalle represents. The start will be marked by premiere works by Casper Faassen, Ilona Langbroek and Bastiaan Woudt. The artists will be present.

BILDHALLE SHOWROOM

NEW WORKS BY CASPER FAASSEN, ILONA LANGBROEK AND BASTIAAN WOUDT

The exhibition at the newly established showroom at Willemsparkweg is dedicated to un-seen and iconic works from the Bildhalle artist portfolio. The first presentation shows premiere works by our Dutch artists Casper Faassen, Ilona Langbroek and Bastiaan Woudt.

After Bildhalle opened its first gallery in the Nether-lands at Hazenstraat 15 in October 2020, the second one followed just a year later at Willemsparkweg 134. The warm welcome in The Netherlands motivated and convinced Bildhalle to expand and take new talents into its program. Now comes the next step to say thank you to the artists, who made this development possible.

Casper Faassen’s work is characterized by his continued innovative utilization of material, techniques, and disciplines. In addition to painting and graphic art, Faassen devotes much of his time to the medium of photography. It is in his photographic work that we once again see the 17th century Leiden painters who inspired him. His distinctive works depict the classic 17th century themes such as cityscapes, vanitas paintings and flower arrangements. By combining photography with painted layers, Faassen could be described as either a photographing painter or painting photographer.

Casper Faasen, Besa Movement, 2022.

Ilona Langbroek’s series “Silent Loss” is a personal series based on her family history in the former Dutch East Indies. The Netherlands has a long history with the Dutch East Indies, which leaves all kinds of traces that are reminiscent of the vast but also complex colonial past between these two countries. In fact, her work is about the lost identity of the large number of people who were forced to leave their country after the Independence and their emotions regarding this loss which are dormant but still very much alive.

Ilona Langbroek, Unseen Memories, 2022.

Bastiaan Woudt’s photography feels like stepping into a modern painting. Light and shadow dance elegantly. You will find a hint of surrealism as the sober shades ask you to see only the essence and awakens every detail. His work is minimalistic yet moves, playing with the beauty of imperfection — again, inspired by 50s, 60s and 70s photography. He honours this photography while exploring how modern in-camera methods and post-production can elevate the style of today.

Bastiaan Woudt, Athena, 2022.

KACPER KOWALSKI

EVENT HORIZON

THE ARTIST IS PRESENT AND WILL SIGN HIS NEW BOOK “EVENT HORIZON”, PUBLISHED BY 1605 COLLECTIVE

“Whether it was fog or snow, frost or thaw, I took to the sky by my motorized paraglider to see if it was possible to fly. If possible, I flew over frozen bodies of water to orbit the shimmering structure of the ice, fascinated by its forms, experiencing the feeling of overview and taking pictures.”

Kacper Kowalski

Event Horizon is a continuation of his Arché series, but for his latest work, Kowalski pushes the boundaries even further. Driven by his instinct to create bold and spectacular images of winter landscapes, he shows his homeland of Poland from a perspective hidden from most people. Extreme weather conditions could not stop the photographer. Kowalski’s photographs, shot from 150 m above the frozen water, are particularly impressive, showing a natural spectacle that looks like abstract paintings created by nature.

Kacper Kowalski (b. 1977, Poland) has been observing and photographing landscapes from aerial perspective for over 25 years. After becoming an architect and having worked in the profession for four years, he eventually decided to commit to flying and photography – his true passions. As a paraglider, a pilot of small aircrafts and a gyrocopter, Kacper would fly into the air with an engine strapped to his back to discover the world of forms, shapes, and patterns during lonely flights. Altogether he spent over 5000 hours in the air. Constantly fighting with the natural forces: wind and air currents, when he photographs from 150 m above the ground level, he finds himself in an almost meditative state, when the nature and surroundings reveal not only abstract forms to him, but also seem to communicate with him with the language of symbols that appear on his photographs. The flight is for Kowalski not only a way to capture the world beneath but becomes a spiritual journey that reveals universal truths about the relationship between man and nature, about the past and the present, and about one’s personal truth and the way to get there.

Kowalski has received numerous awards, including the World Press Photo prize three times, the Picture of the Year International POYi prize six times and dozens of other honours. His first book, Side Effects, was published in 2014, OVER was self-published in 2017, followed by Arché in 2021. His works have been exhibited hundreds of times in group and solo exhibitions around the world, and his books have received prestigious wins or nominations, including Les Prix du Livre at Rencontres d’Arles.

He is represented by photo agencies Panos Pictures and REZO Agency and by the galleries Bildhalle in Amsterdam and Zurich, and Atlas Gallery in London.

Kacper Kowalski, Composition #420, 2021.