About the Exhibition
Guido van der Werve’s third solo exhibition with Luhring Augustine Gallery, “Nummer zestien, the present moment,” investigates hyper-individuality as it shapes the ethos of the present. The hour-long three-channel video work focuses on moments of action involving intuitive reaction and impulse, rather than concerns with history or the future. The accompanying soundtrack is a Paean composed by van der Werve in major key that emanates from a player piano, a stand-in for the artist himself. “Nummer zestien, the present moment” is a continuation of a series of numbered films begun by the artist in 2003, and is the first major film-based work since his “Nummer veertien, home” completed in 2012.
Guido van der Werve
Van der Werve was born in Papendrecht, the Netherlands in 1977, and studied audio visual arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Van der Werve initially started out as a performance artist, but unwillingly to perform live, he began to registrate his performances. In developing these registrations he got interested in film and cinematography. Key elements in these numbered films are still performances, but Van der Werve has added music, text and atmospheric scenes and sports as returning elements. He works with long registrational shots and doesn’t work with actors. From 2007 on he composes his own music. Van der Werve’s background is in music and he tries to create visual art with a similar directness as music.
Previous solo exhibitions of Van der Werve’s work have been presented at The Model, Sligo, Ireland; Hayward Gallery, London; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; De Hallen, Haarlem, the Netherlands; and Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland. He was the recipient of the 2012 Charlotte Kohler Prize for Visual Art as well as Le Prix International d’Art Contemporain, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco in 2011. Van der Werve is also a classically trained concert pianist and composer, as well as an avid triathlete.
About Luhring Augustine Gallery
The gallery was founded in 1985 by co-owners Lawrence R. Luhring and Roland J. Augustine. Its principal focus is the representation of an international group of contemporary artists whose diverse practices include painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, and performance.