ON VIEW MARCH 8 – APRIL 20, 2024: Recent works by Dutch artist misha de ridder at Assembly explore locations imbued with rich histories and cultural significance. de ridder’s practice has always fused art, place, and history with technology, eschewing the objective view of the camera as a tool for capturing reality in favor of viewing reality itself as an act of deep imagination.
In Unreal Reality, the artist explores how the perceptual and conceptual are intrinsically connected, and how the “machine eye of the camera” unveils another, almost magical space to reconsider what we think we know about our surroundings. Through abstracted, contemplative views of landscape, architecture, and natural phenomena, de ridder highlights the immaterial hidden in the material world—whether it’s centuries of labor that constructed and reconstructed important religious buildings, the strata of geologic time written into a cliff face, or the existential impact of polar light on ecology and landscape.
At once futuristic and historical, de ridder’s practice also disorients our place as viewers. The artist asserts, “The camera helps us to see the way we are intertwined with the world, to make palpable that we are part of this entity as a given that transcends us—something that is both as real as it is incomprehensible.”
In addition to the two-dimensional works in the exhibition, Assembly is also presenting NFTs from de ridder who has been actively engaging with this new technology as a vehicle and conceptual backbone of his practice for the past several years
IMAGE: “#0092” by misha de ridder, 2018, giclée print on Hahnemuhle Ultra Smooth paper, 27.4 x 34.4 inches