Gerco de Ruijter
Throughout history, poetic, philosophical and religious texts have included exhortations for mankind to look skyward, often as a means or metaphor for spiritual uplift.
De Ruijter demonstrates equal grace is achievable, via views downward, from the sky. He has mastered a vantage point, which in olden days would have been considered the exclusive purview of gods and angels—looking down upon Earth and earthlings.
In this age, such a perspective has been made familiar through air travel and through satellite “eyes”, astronaut captures, drone technologies and this inventive artist. Ingeniously he defuses the empowered, divine perspective. His square and sometimes rectangular “blankets,” force questions about specific content to give way to delectation in (his chosen) form. He achieves images that defy spatial hierarchies.
Text: Kelly Gordon Margolis