Photographs by Wijnanda Deroo opens Feb 2 in SUNY Oneonta

The exhibition of the Wijnanda Deroo opens in SUNY Oneonta’s Martin-Mullen Art Gallery. The exhibition features 19 large-format, chromogenic dye coupler photographic prints mounted to dibond, along with three alcoves of smaller floating paper photographs in nine-piece displays. 

Deroo’s photographs are primarily about interior spaces, recording environments that are transformed by human use—often devoid of figures but full of the sensation of life that once occupied them. The photographs in the show depict a variety of spaces, from eateries in Mexico to living rooms of mobile homes in upstate New York, some elegantly sparse, and others filled with objects and color.  

The exhibition will run through March 20. A public reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery lobby area. Deroo will give a gallery talk at 6 p.m. Light refreshments and music will accompany the reception.

About Wijnanda Deroo

Deroo was born in the Netherlands in 1955.  She received a Liberal Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem, where she later became a professor. She first visited New York City on sabbatical in 1988, and a year later, received an artist residency at P.S.1. Since then, she has divided her time between Amsterdam and New York.

Working in both color and black and white, Deroo uses natural light and an absence of human subjects to create an atmosphere that draws the viewer in, whether in her streetscapes, landscapes or portraits of interiors. Her photographs are in collections worldwide, among them New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv. She is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.

Located in rural Central New York, SUNY Oneonta— part of the 64-campus State University of New York system— is a public, liberal arts institution with a strong focus on undergraduate research. The college enrolls 6,000 students in its 70 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs. Click here for more information about the gallery or upcoming exhibitions