Physical and mental borders and the way they operate between city spaces and an often cultivated natural environment are a core focus in the work of Roderick Hietbrink (Gorssel NE, 1975). For this exposition, Hietbrink will present a series of recent photographs as well as the video installation Vivarium (2007). This work was the result of a three month artist in residence in Sydney, Australia. The piece shows a young woman working in a botanical green house in the centre of the city. The imitation and cultivation of nature within the confines of the greenhouse, emphasises the desire as well as the impotence of attempting to understand and control the world around her. Later gazing at the horizon from her apartment that looks out over the city, a dialogue is created between her home life and the plants trapped behind the greenhouse glass.
The photographic series Green also researches the theme of physical and mental borders. The work depicts a constructed nature in the form of a network of branches. There exists the illusion of an impenetrable forest, where confusion arises in the viewer through the incorporation of varying points of focus, and the suggestion of manipulation in the use of light and colouring.
Since graduating from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2002, Roderick Hietbrink has taken part in solo and group expositions in Europe, the States and Australia. Most recently his work was shown in the exposition ‘Borders’ at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam.