Contact Sheet #2 (time) 2012 / Ultrachrome print 68'x40' edition of 5ULRICH UNDERGROUND
Gerco de Ruijter / On The Grid
July 18 – September 13, 2015

Dutch artist Gerco de Ruijter is the Ulrich Underground artist-in-residence for 2015. De Ruijter is a celebrated photographer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Much of his career has been spent documenting the open landscapes of the Netherlands and Iceland, though he has also made repeated trips to the American Southwest. The view of his subject is most often from above, with images unconventionally captured while skillfully piloting a kite or fishing rod.

With the help of Google Earth, De Ruijter has also turned his creative attention to agriculture – especially the crop irrigation circles so familiar to anyone passing through the arid high plains. Working in video as well as still image photography – and Photoshop manipulation of Google Earth images – De Ruijter captures the subtle variations of landscape altered by human intervention over time. 

While in Wichita, De Ruijter will continue his aerial observations of the land. He will capture a 360 degree panorama image from a center pivot irrigation arm, and also launch a new project that examines the “grid corrections” along Kansas county boundaries. Our human imprint on the rural Kansas landscape provides a rich subject for innovative and engaging exploration by this important international photographer.

Work resulting from Gerco de Ruijter’s residency will be acquired by the Ulrich as a permanent record of this project.

Gerco de Ruijter, Contact Sheet #2 (time) 2012. Ultrachrome print 68x40 inches.

 


 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15

SENIOR WEDNESDAY
10 A.M. Refreshments | Ulrich Museum
10:30 A.M. Program | McKnight 210
Gerco de Ruijter / On The Grid

Dutch artist Gerco de Ruijter, a celebrated photographer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is the Ulrich Underground artist-in-residence for 2015, with work on view from July 18–September 13, 2015. De Ruijter has documented the open landscapes of the Netherlands and Iceland, made repeated trips to the American Southwest, and with the help of Google Earth, De Ruijter has also turned his creative attention to agriculture The view of his subject is most often from above, with images unconventionally captured while skillfully piloting a kite or fishing rod. Working in video as well as still image photography—and Photoshop manipulation of Google Earth images—De Ruijter captures the subtle variations of landscape altered by human intervention over time. 

 

THURSDAY, JULY 23

5:30 P.M. Artist Talk | Ulrich Museum
6 P.M. Reception | McKnight 210
Gerco de Ruijter / On The Grid

Dutch artist Gerco de Ruijter, a celebrated photographer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is the Ulrich Underground artist-in-residence for 2015, with work on view from July 18–September 13, 2015. While in Wichita, De Ruijter will continue his aerial observations of the land. He will capture a 360 degree panorama image from a center pivot irrigation arm, and also launch a new project that examines the “grid corrections” along Kansas county boundaries. Our human imprint on the rural Kansas landscape provides a rich subject for innovative exploration by this important international photographer.

 

 


Press

 

 

Grid Corrections: Rural Detours Reflect Curvature of the Earth

Web Urbanist, weburbanist.com 9/2/2016

Kansas’ Streets Are All Goofy Since Mother nature Always Pwns Logic

Solid Tech News, solidtechnews.com 4/28/2016

Kansas’ Roads Are All Goofy Because Nature Always Pwns Logic

Wired, wired.com 4/28/2016

Grid Corrections

An Architectures, anarchitectures.net 2/16/2016

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