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16 / The New American Landscapes / 1999
01 / Anonymous / 2000 / 87x114.5cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800
02 / Construction, Red Rock Canyon / 2000 / 87x126cm / mounted on board / 2500
03 / Construction, Indian Reservation / 2000 / 87x133.5cm / mounted on board / 2500
04 / Observatory, Mt Charleston / 2000 / 87x138cm / oak-white frame, glass/ 2800
05 / Death Valley / 2000 / 100x100cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800
06 / Sign, Lake Mead / 2000 / 87x152.5cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800
07 / Twins, Las Vegas / 2000 / 87x141cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800
08 / Polytoys / 2000 / 102x83cm / metal frame, glass / 2800
09 / Desert Cross / 2000 / 100x100cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800
10 / Flowers, nuclear test site / 2000 / 87x114cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800
11 / Construction in Dry Lake / 2000 / 87x129cm / oak-white frame, glass / 2800

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The New American Landscapes by Jeroen hendriks
Pollymer Constructions by Jean Ruiter

The New American Landscapes
by Jeroen hendriks

The image is both obvious and alienating. Imagine a western-style landscape – desert, prairies, hills, bare mountains – and then imagine that same landscape, but with enormous pink plastic flowers growing in bunches from green plastic brooms. ‘What do you mean, obvious?’ you will ask. Until you see Jean Ruiters, Flowers, test site Nevada, from the series New American Landscape, now on show in the SBK in Haarlem. It is almost as if these monstruous plants are the best conceivable vegetation on this spot.
In essence, Jean Ruiter is a constructor, creator and composer of images who uses photography to convey a certain vision. In doing so, he often makes use both of the oppostion between culture and nature, and of differences between cultures. Ruiters work definitely has an intellectual-philosophical foundation: it is permeated by all kinds of reflections on identity and the artificiality of identity.
The series New American Landscapes is basically a set of variations on one single theme. One need only look at the first piece to grasp the idea behind the series. And although the other works are more of the same, that doesn’t mean that to see one is to see them all. In every one of his landscapes, Ruiter builds constructions out of plastic objects, or parts of them. Bowls, cups, trays in very different colors – green, blue, pink, yellow, red, and so on – are joined together in sometimes allmost factorylike structures. These plastic objects – the archeological finds of the future, as Ruiter calls them – are products of unchecked wealth and mass-production. Meant to bring comfort to our lives, they are at the same time our worst enemies, because they also stand for mass-pollution. This implies that man, manufacturer of these products, is his own worst enemy.

copyright Jeroen hendriks , march '01

Pollymer Constructions
performing a landscape

From the series: polymer artifacts of abstract' utilities, performing a landscape
Jean Ruiter , Nevada/USA, '00


Influenced by the global internet information, the economy is on a booming track. Information is the key code to enhance our visions. Human civilization is taking advance of new possibilities and many people are inspired to make new products. Mass-production is one of the thriving industries to serve a larger 'audience'. A democratic process with interesting negative and positive pole's. Mass-production is also the thriving industry for mass-pollution. Figural and literally.
Shelves are (over)-loaded with not to ignore plastic utilities we all use on a daily base which is in many times on disposal level. Our life is largely influenced by those everyday items. Shape and utility is made with intelligent sources and skills. High-Tec innovations to serve us, lure us to make our live more comfortable. Fantasy is the drive to 'enrich' our lives on a legitimate base. It is stunning to see how inventive people can be and how creative the new designs. In bad and in good. At the same time those luring and desirable items are also our biggest enemy. Inspired by these desirable colorful ‘flowers’, I decided to make new ‘statements and signs’ with the fragments of these disposals as abstract artifacts of our existence on this planet in this century. The future archaeological objects, as I see them. Sometimes they appear in fragments, lay out in mathematical forms as a metaphoric figure for human order/disorder or chaotically organized as to express ‘the future archeologically sites. The on the site made sculptures has been given form 'through' the camera, which means that they are meant to be viewed from one specific point of view with the light and perspective given at this specific situation.

The final work is the photograph, realized through collaboration of many factors and thoughts that has made the piece one of a kind.

Jean Ruiter
July '00