Columns (Under Construction)
This ongoing project revolves around the architectural fragments that I came across within the Amsterdam metro system. By analyzing its mostly functional, sober, and often degenerated constructions and surfaces, I aim to use them as a starting point to create new works. This results in images that shift our perspective and highlight the artistic potential of even the most mundane settings. By doing so I seek to inspire a more engaged and appreciative relationship with urban landscapes.
During my artist residency at AGA LAB, I experimented with digitally printing on unconventional materials such as cardboard, aluminum and plastic. I did this material research to create prints with the appropriate materiality that fits the work and the materiality I want to represent in the prints.
In his visual work, Daan Russcher (1995) searches for new ways to depict the urban environment. His attention is focused on the frayed edges of the city: indeterminate transitional areas that at first sight are difficult to 'read'. We mostly visit them as passers-by and have no eye for the often banal surroundings. What fascinates Russcher is the raw and unpolished quality of areas that are characterised by functionality, infrastructure and industry. In an intuitive way, he tries to expose the individual character of these places. By means of his camera, he scans the material surface, looking for something to hold on to. He uses his photography and the materials he finds on the spot – through deconstruction and reconstruction – to create new images that incite an active way of looking.