To what extent does a photograph really immortalize its subject? How does an image acquire – or lose – value and meaning over time? What mechanisms lie at the basis of such valuation? And where does it leave the artist?
Visitors will gain insight into Van Ark’s versatile practice, which – besides photographs – includes photo-based collages, sculptures and spatial interventions. She will elaborate on her use of existing image archives, such as early 20th-century bridal photographs and newspaper archives, with which she reflects on the ephemeral and material nature of the photograph. During the evening the artist will also discuss her new site-specific installation, that was developed specifically for the Foam gallery space. With it, she reflects on the museum context in which her work is displayed – or kept from view.
Artist, curator and audience will be able to engage in an informal discussion and there will be ample time for questions. The walking tour will conclude with drinks at Foam Editions.
The exhibition Daniëlle van Ark – Artist’s Proof is on view at Foam from 20 April until 10 June 2018.
ABOUT DANIËLLE VAN ARK
Daniëlle van Ark (Schiedam, 1974) studied at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Her work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2006 Foam exhibited her first solo exhibition, For Art’s Sake, in Foam 3h. Her work was displayed in Museum van Loon in Amsterdam in 2012, as part of the collaborative project Foam in Van Loon. In 2014 her work was featured in the Foam collection exhibition Reflected, Works From the Collection. Van Ark’s work is included in the collections of Foam, De Nederlandsche Bank, ABN AMRO, De Brauw, LUMC, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, AMC, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Museum Voorlinden, and various private collections. Daniëlle van Ark lives and works in Amsterdam and is represented by tegenboschvanvreden.
The exhibition is made possible by the Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds and Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.