Babs Bleeker, Tom Putman
October 21 - December 25
The exhibition [nature distorted] highlights the complex relationship between obsessive admiration for nature and the observation of everyday details.
Babs Bleeker and Tom Putman have inspired each other and exchanged ideas in recent months. An exhibition of two young Utrecht artists, a new generation has its say.
"In [nature distorted] I explore the richness of everyday moments that often escape our attention. My works reflect the often fleeting impressions that we actually embrace too little today: the changing cloudscapes, the dance of trees in the light, the everyday sounds that surround us, and the endlessly changing views from our own windows. Painting for me is more than that; it is a way to channel and make sense of stimuli, anxiety and restlessness.
Babs Bleeker (b. 1992) explores fragments of memories and daily impressions that she arranges into intriguing compositions. Her work reflects not only external beauty, but also the impulses that race daily through her neuro divergent mind. Her works invite one to enter an intuitive world where explanations and definitions fall short.
"For me, [nature distorted] is about how we as humans occupy our space on earth. Especially in the city how we allocate our space and what choices are made in it. Because of course we have little space but we have to put everything on that small piece of ground.
And wild flowers that find their place through it is something I find very beautiful. That those flowers also grow wherever they get the chance.
Even in the midst of all the ugliness they still manage to grow.
For me this all refers a bit to the human being who tries to develop where it may be made difficult for them'.
Tom Putman (b. 1994) researches and reshapes everyday objects into sculptures inspired by mass production and medieval craftsmanship. He embraces digital techniques such as laser cutting, CNC milling and 3D printing to create his sculptural objects.