© Robert Mann Gallery / Wijnanda Deroo

Adler Hotel, Room 44, Sharon Springs, NY, 2005
© Robert Mann Gallery / Wijnanda Deroo

Wijnanda Deroo

Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to open the fall season with an exhibition of 16 new photographs by Dutch artist Wijnanda Deroo.

An international traveler with a camera as her companion rather than a guide book, Wijnanda Deroo explores the shared humanity imprinted upon the environments we inhabit. Her photographs, although from geographically disparate locales, including Indonesia, Berlin, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Sharon Springs, New York are unified by their sumptuous colors, formal geometries, and quotidian subject matter. More so than the locations of the sites depicted, the motif or palette have defined Deroo's work across her career. What has often been termed "commonplace" in the photographs, may in fact be better called "common places of repose".

Deroo's camera settles on bedrooms, foyers, cafes and waiting rooms, familiar tableaux in which hours are passed with routine nonchalance. Yet the images never transcend time: the inescapable affect of natural light and the ubiquity of windows and doors are portals to the exterior world. While promoting ambiguities with regards to time and place, Deroo's photographs invite implicit connections between images. Taken together, the accumulated evidence and melancholic beauty become traces that "[point] to a secret, to something hidden beyond what is visible." (Perspektief #30, Rudy Kousbroek)

Wijnanda Deroo has exhibited her work internationally since the early 1980s. Her photographs are included in numerous collections, including those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Dutch Art Foundation, Amsterdam; and the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, Tel Aviv. Her work was recently featured in "Blind Spot" (Issue #23); other publications include "Huizen" (De Verbeelding Publishing, Amsterdam, 2003) and "Wijnanda Deroo: Photographs" (De Verbeelding Publishing, Amsterdam, 2002).

Exhibition: September 6 - October 13, 2007
Gallery hours: Tues-Sat 11am - 6pm

Robert Mann Gallery
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