Maarten Rots
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Biography

Maarten Rots (Aalten, 1982) is a Dutch artist working with photography as a medium. His photographs reveal the abstract qualities that can be found in everyday life, often with architecture as a prominent ingredient and a strong focus on composition, texture and color.

Upon receiving his BFA from the audio-visual department VAV at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2010 his main focus was on video as well as working with found footage such as slides and super 8 film. At the time his short films were screened at numerous film festivals around the world - frequently nominated and awarded. By 2015 still photography had become his preferred medium and he started self-publishing March & Rock, a quarterly photography magazine with his own work.

Rots travels Europe with a camper van to uncover abstract images in daily surroundings, mostly dealing with the effects of light and shadow on textured architectural objects. Intentionally utilizing the flattening effect of the camera he introduces spatial ambiguity and often provides a minimal sense of scale, which leads to an image that reveals the abstract in the mundane. The resulting photographs often lean towards graphic imagery and are commonly confused for paintings or drawings upon first look. A quality he deliberately looks for in his compositions and which he emphasizes by printing on matte, textured paper.

It is however not just the final photograph Rots is after, the process of finding these situations is at least as important:

“I purposely slow myself down to experience where I am at that particular moment – taking my time. Searching for situations that attract me photographically makes me become more attentive and more aware of myself relating to where I am at that point in time. It facilitates a more intense experience of that moment.“

 

Education

2005 - 2010
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (NL)
Bachelor of Fine Arts, VAV

2001 - 2004
Grafisch Lyceum, Utrecht (NL)
Graphic design 

Residencies

2019
sommergalerieZöbing, Zöbing (A)

2016
Kunsthuis Kaayk, Tiel (NL)

2011
BERM Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL)

2009
European Exchange Academy, Beelitz-Heilstätten (DE)

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Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

2019
Konvergenz, sommergalerieZöbing, Zöbing am Kamp (A)
2018
Alledaags Abstract, Foto21, Bredevoort (NL)
2017
Everyday Abstractions, Kunstuitleen Amstelveen (NL)
2016
This Side Up, Qlick Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Rappel, Friday Next, Amsterdam (NL)
Siting: Kunsthuis Kaayk, Regionaal Archief Rivierenland, Tiel (NL)
2015 - 2011
Siting: Qlick Editions, Qlick Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Esthetics of the Self Timer and Other Works with Found Images, BERM Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL)
Momentopnames, Boek op ‘t Zand, Bredevoort (NL)

Group exhibitions, fairs, screenings (selection)

2019
Vu-Jàdé - Group exhibition, Galerie Minimal, Berlin (DE)
Artem@Artis - Group exhibition, Kunsthaus Bocholt (DE)
Vice Versa, collaboration with Verena Winter - Koppelkerk, Bredevoort (NL)
Redesigning Nature - X Bank, Amsterdam (NL)
Huntenkunst, Fair, Ulft (NL)
SMIFF, Filmfestival, Seoul (KOR)
Septemberkunst, Aalten (NL) / Bocholt (DE)
2018
Salon 2018 - Group exhibition, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
Allemaal Foto’s - Group exhibition Kunst Centrum Haarlem (NL)
SPREAD! Zinefest, Fair, SIGN+, Groningen (NL)
Huntenkunst, Fair, Ulft (NL)
2017
Septemberkunst, Aalten (NL) / Bocholt (DE)
60Seconds 10 x 10 YearsCopenhagen Photo Festival 2017 (DK)
Huntenkunst, Fair, Ulft (NL)
2016
This Art Fair, Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
AAF Hamburg, Fair, (GER)
Art The Hague, Fair, The Hague (NL)
GET FED Art Fair, Fair, Arnhem (NL)
2015
We Are The Guys x Gustafson, Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam (NL)
AAF, Hamburg, (DE)
Group exhibition 'In Motion', BWK Partners, Amsterdam (NL)
Group exhibition 175 years Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
2014
Group exhibition Arti Select: Interiors at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (NL)
The Great Last Minute Art Fair, Rotterdam (NL)
Some Things Perishable , NEST, Den Haag (NL)
2013
Surreal Reality, Duo exhibition, Qlick Gallery Amsterdam (NL)
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Reykjavik (ISL)
Hardanger Film Festival, Øystese (NO)
One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau (CH)
2012
Kunstvlaai 2012, Amsterdam (NL)
Screening at EYE, Amsterdam (NL)
Japan Media Arts Festival Networks in Sendai, Sendai (JP)
100Fest, Tehran (IR)
2011
KunstKamers Rotterdam, Noordereiland, Rotterdam (NL)
Group exhibition at C3 Gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
Beeldbuis Filmfestival, Zwolle (NL)
Kobe Biennale 2011, Kobe (JP)
Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Sapporo (JP)
Wereld van Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL)
VideoMinuto, Firenze (IT)
Japan Media Arts Festival Networks, Okayama (JP)
60Seconds Shortfilmfestival, Copenhagen (DK)
Museumnacht Rotterdam, Saratimtrust, Rotterdam (NL)
2010
International Film Festival Bratislava, Bratislava (SVK)
La.Meko Kurzfilmfestival, Landau (DE)
Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa (GR)
One Minutes Awards 2010, Gdansk (PL)
FICMA film festival Barcelona (ES)
Rietveld in de Oude Kerk, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)
2009
Festival Key of Life, Leiden (NL)
Winton Train Festival (CZ)

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Collections

ING Bank Nederland, Amsterdam (NL)
Kunstuitleen Amstelveen (NL)
LINTELOO, Zeist (NL)
Kunst Centrum Haarlem, Haarlem (NL)
Tiel Municipality, Tiel (NL)
DELA Uitvaartverzorging, Nijmegen (NL)
Various private international collectors

 

Commissioned Work

ING Bank Nederland, Amsterdam (NL)
AKZO Nobel, Amsterdam (NL)
Virtueel Museum Zuidas, Amsterdam (NL)
BWK Partners, Amsterdam (NL)
Finnius Advocaten, Amsterdam (NL)
Kennedy Van Der Laan Advocaten, Amsterdam (NL)

 

Awards

2011
Jury award, 60Seconds Shortfilmfestival, Copenhagen (DK)
Commendation of the jury, 14th Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo (JP)
2010
Silver award, The One Minutes Belgian Open 2010, Gent (BE)
Commendation of the jury, online film festival Filminute (CAN)
Commendation of the jury, One Minutes Awards 2010, Gdansk (PL)
2009
Jury award, Winton Train Festival, Prague (CZ)