C&H gallery is proud to present Objects from the outside, Gerbrand Burger's first solo exhibition with the gallery. The show consists of a large installation accompanied by a series of smaller objects and graphic work on paper. With these, Burger explores the confines of architecture and the material capacity of its surface.
The installation that is at the heart of the exhibition can be seen as a room in and of itself, seemingly monolithic from one side, yet transparent from the other. Making the vacant inside visible, Burger suggests that an interior exists only because of its demarcation from the space around it. His smaller objects also seem heavy and solid, but they're actually empty, box-like shapes, coated in a thin veneer. This thin surface is like a tangible border between the hollow interior and the outside.
By addressing the topic of emptiness, Burger comments on society at large: "My objects show what I see in the urban environment, and the materials we use to shape our cities. Today's building materials are factory-made combinations of synthetic and natural materials. A recent innovation that I work with, for example, is a flexible stone veneer: a thin layer of stone on a base of fiberglass and resin. I chose this material because it says a lot about authenticity and illusion, and how man relates to the natural world. The objects I make with it are hollow, empty - they exist mainly on the outside. They reflect the distressing emptiness in the lives of today's city dwellers, hiding behind a thin facade of shopping and screen-based entertainment." Gerbrand Burger (Hoorn, 1976) has his studio in the countryseat of Nederhorst. He works with drawing, sculpture, installation, printmaking and film. Before going to the Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam), he studied political sciences at Leiden University. After completing his BA in fine arts in 2005, he went to De Ateliers (Amsterdam) for a two-year residency. His works have been exhibited and screened worldwide: from Amsterdam, Paris and London to Chicago, Istanbul and Japan. In 2014, he received a proven talent grant from the Mondriaan Fonds, and just last year a development grant from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.