Albada Jelgersma Gallery is pleased to invite you to Geologic, curated by Bettie van Haaster.
With Geologic, Van Haaster creates a sensory environment for the visitor. Paintings, collages, jewelry and sheets of handmade paper evoke associations with natural appearances and formations.
For this exhibition, Van Haaster has invited Annelinde de Jong and Q Hisashi Shibata, in whom she recognizes a shared love for the magic of material. Shibata and De Jong both work on the edge between craft and art.
Annelinde de Jong collects local plant materials. She uses these to make paper in the Japanese way. The end result is strongly reminiscent of various elements in nature, from bird eggs to the grass in which they lie, tree bark or rock walls. For this exhibition she has made hanging walls. Q Hisashi Shibata makes jewelry that has the same natural look. From raw materials he makes refined jewelry that could be mini-landscapes or geological finds. Bettie van Haaster shows paintings and collages that arise from the handling and treatment of material. The images that arise often have associations with landscapes. For all three artists, events during the making determine the final form.
The name of the exhibition refers to geology. In geology, the history and formation of the earth is studied through research of earth layers and rocks over millions of years. The structure and composition of the surface of the landscape and the way it is organized tell us about the sequence of those events. Often these events are violent; an accumulation of forces that causes things to happen.
Going back in time is something we also do on a small scale in our immediate environment. Originally for survival. By looking and smelling: is something poisonous, dangerous or safe? We think with our whole body, the senses are our “other” brains. In order for our system to function optimally, it must be nourished. The environment, surfaces and smells from the time when we were formed are closest to us, but in art and music these elements are arranged by us in comparable systems. We look and listen, as it were, with geological eyes and ears.