Nighttime has a peculiar attraction to all of us. It’s a time to reflect upon themes as The Meaning of Life – or just to be with yourself for a while. Artists also get their inspiration in the dark. And so for every night of the week I’ve made a selection of art works at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam that all revolve around the small hours.
You can find a Dutch version of this article (and rent all of the art works below) on www.kunstuitleenrotterdam.nu.
FIRST NIGHT: INE LAMERS – UNTITLED (RED BAR)
Better her than me, I thought when I first saw the photo’s and video’s that Ine Lamers took in noctural Togliatti. At Kunstuitleen Rotterdam you can rent one of the pictures she took in this god-forsaken Russian city. I visited Ine Lamers’ website with bated breath by the way – such silence, such loneliness!
SECOND NIGHT: RALF PETERS – TANKSTELLE WEISS / BLAU
Reality, but prettier. That’s how you can best describe this series of gas station pictures by Ralf Peters. The logo’s have been carefully Photoshopped away along with all the other superfluous details that might distract from his razor sharp compositions. You can hang one of the pictures in your own home by reserving it online. And don’t forget to check out this video of the artist telling us more about his work:
THIRD NIGHT: WIDO BLOKLAND – URSA MAJOR
Wido Blokland’s photo’s kind of make me this of Todd Hido, the world-famous photographer I got to interview in Amsterdam a while ago. And even though both photographers have a lot in common, Blokland’s gaze is directed upwards just a little more – all the way to the universe that at night shows us tiny humans its infinite beauty. By the way, Ursa Major is not the only Wido Blokland you can rent at Kunstuitleen Rotterdam. While I’m writing this blogpost, there are four amazingly beautiful photo’s you can rent and hang together as a series.
FOURTH NIGHT: C.J. TOUW – URSA MAJOR
What a coinkydink! Two artists at Kunstuitleen who get their inspiration from the Great Bear. As you can see, painter C.J. Touw has also depicted the famous northern constellation. Unfortunately, very little can be found online about this artist and so the painting will just have to speak for itself.
FIFTH NIGHT: KLAARTJE ESCH – WICH WAY
Do you have that dream, too? You’re walking on the street at night, you want to go home but you can’t quite make out where you are. I wonder what Freud would think, but I have that dream all the time. And this photo by Klaartje Esch is the perfect visualization of that confused and lonely feeling.
SIXTH NIGHT: HANS WILSCHUT – TRAVERSAL 2003
Lyric reflections on the increasingly built-up surroundings. That may sound highfalutin, but the work of Rotterdam-based photographer Hans Wilschut turns out to be surprisingly accessible. Kunstuitleen Rotterdam has several works of this photographer on offer. With a whopping size of 100 x 170 cm, Traversal 2003 is the biggest and most impressive.
SEVENTH NIGHT: CHARLY VAN REST – LIGHT IN PORT SAÏD, 1985
A photo that’s part of the collection of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam that can also be in your home! Light in Port Saïd by Charly van Rest can be yours for six euro’s a month. Which goes to show you, good art does not have to be expensive.
PS: Kunstuitleen Rotterdam is moving to new location! If you adopt one of these seven art works before January 16, 2016 you can rent it for free for six months. Want to know more? Check out this promo page!