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About Upstream Gallery

Upstream Gallery, established in 2003, has quickly gained a credible international reputation among collectors, art institutions and critics, and is a perfect example of Amsterdam’s internationally renowned contribution to contemporary art. With a focus on radical, engaged, conceptual and post-internet art Upstream Gallery brings pioneering and critical work from artists from the Netherlands and abroad.

Exhibiton ‘Reading a Wave’, 28 Aug-16 Oct

Upstream Gallery proudly presents a duo exhibition with an early work by Marinus Boezem and recent work by Noor Nuyten. Marinus Boezem (1934, NL) belongs, together with Jan Dibbets and Ger van Elk, to the most important representatives of the Conceptual Art and Arte Povera movement in the Netherlands. In the 1960s, Boezem discovered that he could use elusive elements such as air, weather, movement and light as visual materials and made a name for himself with radical, immaterial works that were far ahead of their time. Noor Nuyten (1986, NL) creates conceptual works that appeal strongly to the imagination of the viewer. Nuyten is artistically akin to the movement of conceptual artists from the late 1960’s, however at the same time her work is undeniably contemporary. In her new body of work, Noor Nuyten unpacks the materiality of the digital world by fusing crafts with tech-iconic materials.

In this exhibition we bring together two generations of conceptual artists who both have their own approach to capturing elements out of everyday life and elevate them to art. The mediums they work with are often immaterial, such as (digital) movement and time.
When observing their work, Mr Palomar comes to mind, through the awareness that a single action causes waves of implications that can’t be separated from each other. Everything is continuously in motion, in the digital as well as in the physical world.

“The key to mastering the world’s complexity [is found] by reducing it to its simplest mechanism.”

Extended opening hours during the first week of the exhibition:
Wednesday 1 September, 13.00 – 18.00
Thursday 2 September, 13.00 – 18.00
Friday 3 September, 13.00 – 21.00
Saturday 4 September, 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday 5 September, 11.00 – 18.00

Reading a Wave

Marinus Boezem (1934, NL) & Noor Nuyten (1986, NL)