The Force of Nature

Visual art and jewellery inspired by trees and woods

02.05 to 07.09.2014

Photo: Jasper de Beijer

The exhibition The Force Of Nature offers a wide selection of works that have nature as their starting point or theme. The work shown was made in the Netherlands or by Dutch artists in the last three decades, with an emphasis on the past decade.

CODA director Carin Reinders and guest curator Ward Schrijver have put together a very diverse exhibition with works by 39 artists.
Reinventing Nature, a retrospective of jewellery made by Terhi Tolvanen that is also inspired by the theme of nature, is part of this exhibition. 

The Force of Nature also shows jewellery made by other visual artists and designers. In addition, sculptures, photos, drawings and paintings by various Dutch artists are exhibited.

Anne Wenzel - Requiem of Heroism no. 4
Anne Wenzel - Requiem of Heroism no. 4
Guido Geelen - Anatomy lesson
Guido Geelen - Anatomy lesson
Anoek Steketee - Untitled
Anoek Steketee - Untitled

The only thing that counts in nature is the cycle of life. No tree is able to contemplate being melancholy or threatening, no field of flowers considers itself decorative or enchanting. It is man who ascribes such meanings to it. Armando’s Schuldig landschap (Guilty Landscape) is probably the most striking example in recent Dutch art history.

(Art) history proves that nature lends itself very well as a metaphor. From the end of the last century nature as a theme and starting point was very useful as a means to represent a wide spectrum of ideas and emotions. Many artists have let themselves be inspired by the theme of nature, profiting from the endless expressiveness and possibilities of nature.

Armando - Schuldig landschap
Gijs Assmann
Gijs Assmann - Blaam

Exhibiting artists

Alexander Blank, Anne Wenzel, Anoek Steketee, Armando, Bettina Speckner, Bruce Metcalf, Cuny Janssen, Erik Mattijssen, Erik Odijk, Evert Nijland, Fons Haagmans, Francis Willemstijn, Frank van Hemert, Georg Dobler, Gijs Assmann, Guido Geelen, Hannah van Bart, Hans van Hoek, Helena Lehtinen, Heringa/Van Kalsbeek, Jasper de Beijer, Jeroen Vinken, Joost van den Toorn, Juul Kraijer, Kim Boske, Klaus Baumgärtner, Konrad Mehus, Levi van Veluw, Lucy Sarneel, Margriet Smulders, Mari Ishikawa, Mat van der Heijden, Misha de Ridder, Nik Christensen, Piet Warffemius, Sjoerd Buisman, Terhi Tolvanen, Tom Claassen and Toon Teeken

Jasper de Beijer
Jasper de Beijer - Cahutchu #09
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