Renate Scherra - Nick Dekker
In Eternity I - Photographs
November 24, 2000 - January 12, 2001 at OMC Gallery for Contemporary Art, Duesseldorf
"In Eternity" will mark the beginning of a new series of exhibitions to be continued on an annual basis.
Artists selected by OMC will present their works reflecting, interpreting or defining the eternity context. Renate Scherra (Germany) and Nick Dekker (United States) will be the first to be seen in this context.
Scherra's subjects are the Acropolis and Venice - nature and the traces of civilization in nature are the subjects Dekker has chosen.
The captivating feature of Scherra's work is her unbiased view, her objective documentation of things, which never gives way to arbitrariness. In this respect, she continues to realize photographic intentions in the tradition of Atget, Bandeau, Disderi, Fenton Beato or Struss.
The focal length of the lenses she uses is equal to that of the human eye, which is the reason why we see her photographs from a familiar perspective, with a direct approach to the situation depicted therein. The pictures thus created establish universal notations. They are a record of the as-is situation and also tell a story about what was or has been, and raise the question of what will be some day - in eternity.
Dekker is Mother Nature's Son, which he can make us feel with both intensity and sensitivity. He shows natural light in all its facets, putting us in different kinds of mood - he will tempt us to enter the landscapes with him and he will show us fantastic pictures of momentary situations devoid of any artificial influence. For us, he preserves the moment which otherwise will slip away and never last forever. It is by this quality that Dekker proves himself worthy to be ranked among the representatives of American landscape photography.
He clearly shows congeniality of spirit with great artists like Ansel Adams or the Weston family.