Black Box: Gerco de Ruijter

August 12, 2013 – November 12, 2013
Still from Crops. Courtesy of the artist.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Lower Level Floor Plan

The Black Box theater showcases rotating exhibitions of contemporary artists who use film or video as their creative medium.

Crop (2012, 4 min): The Dutch landscape tradition continues to inspire invention. Known for remote aerial photography in which he pilots his camera with a kite or an elongated fishing rod, Gerco de Ruijter (b. 1961) turns to the found imagery of Google Earth for his video Crops. Syncing more than a thousand vertical views of center-pivot irrigation plots in the American southwest to a stuttering, hypnotic score by Michel Banabila, de Ruijter creates a stop-motion animation of the cultivated landscape. Identifiable yet abstract—and devoid of a horizon line—the stills are unified by geometry but made distinct by the workings of both man and nature.