July 15 – August 15, 2020 | Curator: Brit Pruiksma
|Inspired both by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “I’m in a Window Mood” and the current Coronavirus pandemic, this exhibition explores the time many of us have passed watching the world through our windows. What we see out of our windows offers us a constant in that the view is familiar to us. This makes us feel safe when many unknowns abound. But there is also an inconsistency provided to us through our window view. Each view is altered by natural elements; the wind through the trees, melting snow on the ground, growing flowers, dog walkers, cars driving past, or birds flying by, all of which serve to break up the monotony of lockdown. Windows provide us with a peaceful stimulation, away from the TV and the internet, at a time when we need it most.|
Frankie Gardiner Waitsfield, Vermont, USA
Frankie Gardiner gets her inspiration from many sources, including her surrounding environment, memories, and art. The idea of inside and outside are recurring themes, and often manifest as views of inside spaces looking out a window.
Jenny Wildfang – Hamburg, Germany
Jenny Wildfang is a drawing and textile artist from Hamburg, Germany. In her work, she deals with secrets, places and hidden memories.
Benjamin Terrell – Eugene, Oregon USA
Benjamin Terrell lives and paints along the McKenzie River. To him, a painting planned is like a section of a flowing river; once named it always becomes something new.
Grant Watson – London, England, UK
Grant Watson is a painter based in London. He depicts everyday experiences of people, events and his local environment through a sensory engagement with paint.
Aline Verstraten Kinrooi, Belgium
Aline Verstraten investigates the relationship between painted interiors and mental spaces through the depiction of windows, doors, curtains, mirrors and the Rückenfigur. Her major influences are the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) and the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675).
Adrian Mudder Leipzig, Germany
Adrian Mudder likes to observe the world around him, trying to find a painterly formulation for what he sees. When he’s outside the studio, he makes digital drawings on his smartphone which helps inspire ideas for future paintings.
Joseph Noderer Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Joseph Noderer sees his paintings as windows for gazing into (and out to) a world that is familiar but seen with a new, heightened awareness of connectedness. Reflecting on the many ways we connect and disconnect has become more important to him now than ever before.
Sophie Treppendahl Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sophie Treppendahl is interested in the conundrum of painting the world outside while working alone inside the studio. She often uses windows as a bridge between these two worlds with natural light beaming in, casting warmth and deep shadows on the objects inside.
Brit Pruiksma Solihull, United Kingdom
An avid image collector and instagrammer, Brit Pruiksma has been searching for and storing artwork and interesting found images for over a decade. Initially an experimental practice to see how viewing certain images might impact her dream life, she finds that her discoveries often mirror her mood. Each image strikes a chord – they speak in a way that is difficult to articulate in words. Her instagram @_art_gardener_ catalogs her collecting practice. Pruiksma’s aesthetic blends old and new, classical and contemporary, bold and blurred, emotional and strange. Window Mood at Distance Gallery is her curatorial debut. She currently lives in the UK and works as a gardener.