Maarten Rots


Born 1982 in Aalten, the Netherlands
Lives and works in Diemen, the Netherlands

Maarten Rots (1982) graduated from the audio visual department VAV of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2010. He sources reality for his photographic and video works, without staging situations. Determined that beauty can be found anywhere he utilizes the city as a source of moments and situations to capture with his camera. His work is characterized by a degree of abstraction in which architecture plays an important role and his love for graphic shapes often shows in his compositions.

The series of photographs that Rots presents at QLICK Editions during his solo exhibition ‘This Side Up’ is a result of his fascination for the abstract qualities of the play between light, shadow and architecture, in which properties like transparency, texture and reflection are important ingredients. Many of these pictures have a painterly quality, emphasized even more by the prints on Hahnemühle German Etching paper.

Rots: “I have a strong need to see and capture the world around me. I search for the surreal beauty in reality that can only exist when I push the shutter release button. With that push of the button I have given it a place to exist in the world.

 My photographic work always starts by wandering around, roaming the streets with my camera without a destination in mind. By using reflections and transparency, I capture multiple layers in a single exposure to construct an abstract and textured representation of reality. I love to play with shapes and lines that I find around me in architectural elements in urban surroundings; they are the building blocks for my compositions. Their original meaning and context becomes secondary — it’s their form, their silhouette that attracts me. The reflective surfaces that I often use to capture these compositions are generally textured by the weather; I really like how this blurs the line between a photograph and a drawing / painting.”


Education
2005-2010
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Bachelor of Fine Arts, VAV (Voorheen Audio-Visueel)
2001-2004
Grafisch Lyceum, Utrecht, the Netherlands. MBO Graphic design

Exhibitions and screenings

2016

  • June 19 – September 17 – Exhibition at Dudok, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • June 4 – 25 – Exhibition ‘Dag van de Bouw’, Bibliotheek Tiel, The Netherlands
  • June 10 – 19 – March & Rock at Zine Library during SPREAD Zinefest, SIGN+, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • June 3 – 19 – GET FED Art Fair, Building 026, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • April 19 – May 27 – Solo exhibition, Regionaal Archief Rivierenland, Tiel, The Netherlands
  • May 20 – Presentation at Regionaal Archief Rivierenland, Tiel, The Netherlands
  • May 21 – Workshop at de Plantage, Tiel, The Netherlands
  • February 26 – April 14 – Solo show Siting: Kunsthuis Kaayk, Tiel, The Netherlands.
  • During a one week period I will stay at Kunsthuis Kaayk in Tiel, The Netherlands, and photograph the direct surroundings of the space, which will lead to a daily selection of images. After one week of producing the results will be on display in the gallery
  • May 2015 – August 2016– Group exhibition ‘In Motion’ @ BWK Partners, Amsterdam

2015

  • December 13, 2015 – Beurs van Bijzondere Uitgevers, Paradiso, Amsterdam
  • November 19 – 22 2015 – AAF Hamburg, QLICK Editions
  • September 17 – 20 2015 – Group exhibition We Are The Guys x Gustafson@ Unseen Photo Fair, Amsterdam
  • September 24 2015 – Presentation March & Rock vol.2: Blending@ BWK Partners, Amsterdam
  • September 3 2015 – Appearance onStreet Focus Podcast
  • July 5- 17 2015 – Solo show Siting: Qlick Editions. During a one week period I will stay at QLICK Editions and photograph the direct surroundings of the space, which will lead to a daily selection of images. After one week of producing the results will be on display in the gallery for another week
  • July 2015 – Presentation at Eric Kim’s Intermediate/Advanced Street Photography Workshop Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • May 2015 – May 2016 – Group exhibition ‘In Motion’ @ BWK Partners, Amsterdam
  • March 20 – May 17 2015– Group exhibition 175 years Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • May 2015– Group exhibition “Hangen doe je toch” @ Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2014

  • May 2014 – Group exhibitionSome Things Perishable at NEST, Den Haag, the Netherlands
  • February 2014– Group exhibition QLICK Editions at The Great Last Minute Art Fair, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

December 6 2013 – January 12 2014 – Group exhibition Arti Select: Interiors at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

COLLECTIONS

DELA Art Collection
ING Art Collection

COMMISSIONED WORKS

2016

Photography Project for ING Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011

Animation for Akzo Nobel, ING, Virtueel Museum Zuidas, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Several video productions for law firm KennedyvanderLaan, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2010

Painting and posters on transformer vault, Beatrixpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Painting on transformer vault, Beatrixpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
7Scenes tour in Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.