Martin Effert

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2001

The work of Martin Effert represents landscape in a direct and instantaneous way. He doesn’t build up a dialogue by trying to carve out some new method but uses an existing technique, notably that of photography. His means of creating unique images is based on a concrete knowledge of photographic method and a careful selection of landscapes that he wishes to capture.

There are but few reproductions where the effects of human existence cannot be discerned. Whether this is of specific interest to the artists or just an inevitable consequence of the location within which he lives and works, is hard to say.

The artist is fascinated by nature at rest: that which does not seem to have been constructed by man. In this way we are presented to industrial areas and building sites at night or massive cloud formations above tiny villages. There are blown about bits of debris and whole cities seemingly engulfed in mist. Through professional use of photographic techniques, (extremely lengthy shutter speeds), he creates photos in which familiar urban images gain interesting tonalities, in this way placing his work under a romantic branch. Deserted and neutral pieces of land we pass and ignore on a daily basis are rendered significant and full of feeling.

There is something undeniably romantic about this work. We are challenged to look at these landscapes with the hallucinating gaze of a romantic poet whereby intensity of consciousness transforms even the most meagre of surroundings into something beautiful. Martin Effert uses the camera, an instrument that ‘does not lie’, in such a way as to create an alternate reality. He is able to make the most miserable everyday landscape speak to us as poetry, whilst at the same time eliciting undercurrents of tension that pose the question: ‘What has just happened here?’

EDUCATION
Fine Arts Academy, Maastricht Netherlands

PROJECTS
2008
Russian Chernobyl Gardens

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005
A hidden plot, Centre Ceramique, Maastricht, Netherlands

GROUP EXHIBITION
2010
Bound By History, Pictura, Dordrecht, Nethelands

2009 
Grenzgänger, Goethe Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Night Walkers, 2x2 Projects, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008
Crime and Punishment, Contemporary Arts, London, England

2007 
UnBound, Contemporary Art Platform, London, England
Crimes and Splendors, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bound, Liverpool, England
Tranposed and Iluminated, Pictura, Doordrecht, Netherlands
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gala of the year, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paranoia, Freud Museum, London, England

2006 
Paranoia, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England 
Paranoia, Focal Point Gallery, Southend, England 
Gala of the year, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005
Tree hugger, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Interval, Consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004
Art Forum Berlin, Germany

2003
Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tree time, De zonnehof, Amersfoort, Netherlands

2002 
Not I, NICC, Antwerpen, Belgium
Rotterdam Photo, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Not I (bedtime), Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2001
Tracing my white horse, Consortium, Amsterdam, Netherlands

1998
De nacht van de stoel, Culemborg, Netherlands

1997
Nieuw Helmweh, Heda, Maastricht, Netherlands

1995
Endexamexpositie, Ludwigforum, Aken, Germany

1994
Galerie Kijkdijk, Culemborg, Netherlands

1993 
Biënale Expositie, Maastricht, Netherlands