Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ruth Van Beek: The Great Blue Mountain Range

September 18 - October 16, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 18, 7-10pm

Okay Mountain is quite pleased to present, No American Talent 5: “The Great Blue Mountain Range”, a solo exhibition by Ruth van Beek, based in the Netherlands. Van Beek works in a variety of mediums including photography, collage, animation and sculpture. “The Great Blue Mountain Range” is symbolic of the artist’s longing to travel to other places, and her ability to do so using found imagery and imagination as the vehicle. Using collaged stock photography, guidebooks and internet imagery, van Beek constructs for us both the voyage and the findings, and an exhibition which feels at once contemporary and timeless. “The Great Blue Mountain Range” is the artist’s first solo show in the United States.

Ruth van Beek graduated in 2002 at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam following a Master in Photography. In 2008 she had a solo exhibition at Foam-3h, the Amsterdam Photography museum, In 2009 she did research at the Spaarnestad Photoarchives, resulting in new work and a solo exhibition at Galerie37Spaarnestad in Haarlem, this exhibition was also shown at the Use me Abuse me show at the NewYork Photofestival, curated by Erik Kessels. Her work regularly appears in various books and magazines.

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