The Oil We Eat

Event  |  Reviews  |  Comments
© Courtesy of the Artist and Martin Van Zomeren
The Oil We Eat

Hazenstraat 20
1016 SP Amsterdam
September 6th, 2014 - October 4th, 2014
Opening: September 6th, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
+ 31 6 1137 0211
Wed-Sat 1-6


Martin van Zomeren is pleased to present ‘The Oil We Eat’, the first solo exhibition of Anne de Vries at the gallery.

The exhibition ‘The Oil We Eat’ can be experienced as a chemical cocktail made with quotidian ingredients. A mix of fluids flows freely through the space in a three-dimensional composition including several consumption products: beverages, food, body care, medicine, house cleaning products, fuel, etc.

Pieces of earth and soil lay around in the space: pieces of beach, forest soil, city sand, roads and other parts of land seem to be cut out of their environments and ecosystems and brought together in the exhibition space.

Walking around the space, the visitor discovers juxtapositions between what is to be experienced as “nature”, “commodity” and “waste”. Sometimes the three elements are brought together in the same work, which allows to recognize different stages of the life cycles of commodities.

The title ‘The Oil We Eat’ refers to the use of relying on fossil energy once that the primary productivity energy - i.e. the total amount of plant mass created by the Earth in a given year - has been processed.

Fuel is burned, energy is released and we need energy for cars, computers, running, thinking and much more. The tiniest and most insignificant thought needs energy and is rooted in material processes hosted by a living body.

According to Leibniz (1646-1716), whose philosophy challenged the concept of materialism, if we would enlarge our brain and imagine ourselves walking through it and looking around, we would only see processes, electrochemical material events, but we would never find the actual thoughts, hopes, fears, desires or pains.

The exhibition plays with the interrelations between the material and the by-product of subjective observations. In particular ‘Interface’ is a body of works inspired by the failure to depict the flow of unfocused thoughts occurring in one specific moment, including subconscious associations and glitches, as they come and go by. 

-Anne de Vries (b. 1977, The Hague) is an alumni of the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam. His work has been recently exhibited in institutions such as WallRiss, Fribourg (ongoing),The Moving Museum, Istanbul (2014), De Hallen, Haarlem (2014), Foam, Amsterdam (2014, 2011, 2009, 2008), Museum of Bat Yam (2013), Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2013), Nest, The Hague (2013), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). 

ArtSlant has shutdown. The website is currently running in a view-only mode to allow archiving of the content.

The website will be permanently closed shortly, so please retrieve any content you wish to save.