At the core of Frank Ammerlaan’s practice lies desire to capture the constant flux of our reality that goes beyond individual lives and knowledges and equally pertains to eternal processes on the cosmic scale. This vision is cultivated by using unconventional materials ranging from dirt and dust to (liquid) metals, chemicals, and meteorite particles which give his practice their complex and nuanced structures, often made in collaboration with scientists and chemists. Ammerlaan can be seen as a contemporary alchemist, where his medium is researching perception, the boundaries of painting, and unpredictable processes. His medium is the world’s physical matter, excavated from the ground or fallen down from the sky.
‘I see my works as objects of measurement where materiality is a tool to describe the world. Matter is not an anonymous bystander, nor a passive agent, but rather a dynamic and evolutionary creature that transforms, mutates and deteriorates.’