leave the room

Daniëlle van Ark - Untitled, 2011

Signed and numbered on a label
38,7 x 49,7 cm
Edition of 10 + 2 AP

Power and status, transience and mortality are recurring themes in the work of Daniëlle van Ark. For her series Transience, she photographed the process of lavish flowers wilting on graves. It reminds us of vanitas, a style of symbolic works of art especially associated with still life painting in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. The Latin word means vanity and corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. In this case not only the beautiful faded flowers show us their transient nature. Because light almost destroyed the film, Van Ark questions the transition of analogue to digital photography. The fact that she used an analogue film for this image is visible as soon as you look closely to this image: the stamp of Kodak appears in the lower part of the image.

How does a work of art acquire value and meaning? What are the processes at play? And what is the artist’s role in all of this? These are the recurrent themes in the oeuvre of Daniëlle van Ark and especially in the more recent series. Her work raises questions about value and authenticity, particularly in the field of photography: the reproducible medium par excellence.

Van Ark studied at the KABK in The Hague and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has exhibited internationally and was nominated for several prizes like the Steenbergen Stipendium, the Bouw in Beeld Prijs (2011) and the Nationale Portretprijs (2012). In 2012 she exhibited work from the Transience series at Museum van Loon in Amsterdam. Several corporations and institutions have work by Daniëlle in their collections, such as Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs, Washington DC, US, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital, Amsterdam, NL, Amsterdams Medisch Centrum, Amsterdam, NL, FOAM, Amsterdam, NL, Robert Morat gallery, Hamburg, DE, T Mobile, the Hague, SBK, Amsterdam.
Her solo exhibition Artist's Proof was on display at Foam in 2018.

Most photo prints have a small white border around all sides. For a framer this border is necessary to be able to frame it properly. The print will be carefully wrapped and send as an insured package. You will receive an e-mail with a Track & Trace code when the package is on its way. A framed copy will be on display at Foam Editions, the gallery on the third floor of Foam Fotografiemuseum.
For more information or questions about buying this print, please contact the Foam Editions team.

T. +31 (020) 5516500 
E. [email protected]

€1.110,00 Incl. tax
Foam uses cookies to enhance your online experience. Read our Cookie Policy. Manage cookies