Gerco de Ruijter, image courtesy of the artist and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Gerco de Ruijter, image courtesy of the artist and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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Gerco de Ruijter at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is pleased to present Gerco de Ruijter in the Black Box series. The Dutch landscape tradition continues to inspire invention. Known for remote aerial photography in which he pilots his camera with a kite or an elongated fishing rod, Gerco de Ruijter turns to the found imagery of Google Earth for his four-minute video CROPS. Syncing more than a thousand vertical views of center-pivot irrigation plots in the American southwest to a stuttering, hypnotic score by Michel Banabila, de Ruijter creates a stop-motion animation of the cultivated landscape. Identifiable yet abstract—and devoid of a horizon line—the stills are unified by geometry but made distinct by the workings of both man and nature.

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