Toyobos & X-Rays
14 – 28 May 2016
Studio Sarai is proud to present ‘In-Visible’, an exhibition of new and recent work by multidisciplinary artist Sarai van de Boel and x-ray photo specialist, physicist Arie van ’t Riet. The exhibition focuses on the artists’ shared interested in x-ray technology and the interior analysis of organic and inorganic subject matter. Best known for his black and white photography, Arie van ’t Riet will for the first time present never before seen works that explore his fascination with nature, interior analysis and new technology in conjunction to traditional print making techniques. This revolutionary ‘Toyobo’ printing method refers to the technical photo transference process that Arie and adopted as a means to deviate from as well as integrate traditional photography and printmaking ideologies.
Arie van ’t Riet
Employing techniques of x-ray photography and traditional printmaking processes as a departure point for the production of highly detailed polymer photogravure artworks, the never before seen works presented in this exhibition by Arie van ’t Riet, expertly navigates the point where science, photography, and printmaking collide.
Arie van ’t Riet is a self-taught artist whose photographic works take a deeper look at objects and scenes of nature. Arie van ‘t Riet is a trained physician specialized in radiation and low-energy x-rays. Similar to the work of the founder of photography, William Talbot, van ‘t Riet’s x-ray photographs are investigatory artworks of ordinary objects and scenes. van ’t Riet is best known for his beautiful black and white x-ray photographs that explore notions of colour and object composition.
Recently, van ’t Riet has been working with a new technique called Toyobo. Toyobo is a new kind of polymer photogravure etching technique belonging to the Intaglio printmaking process. The key to this process is the use of ultra violet light to produce images on a specially coated Toyobo light-sensitive plates which can then be made into fine art prints. Unlike other printmaking methods, the Toyobo technique produces a positive mirror image result that can express varying degrees and shades of grey. The result is a beautiful and delicately intricate tonal print that has utilized modern photogravure image transference technology.
Sarai van de Boel
Sarai van de Boel is an art educator, designer and artist who creates sculptures, drawings and installation pieces. Her ability to work across diverse mediums stems from an extensive career in theatre and set design. Sarai is also the founder of Studio Sarai in Amsterdam. For the purpose of this exhibition, van de Boel will present her most sought-after works, her x-ray photographic light boxes. Using low energy x-ray technology, van de Boel reveals to the viewer an internal analysis of her sculptural works which have been painstakingly constructed using found materials. What is intriguing about her process is the juxtaposition of the very realistic sculptural exterior to the inanimate interior, which would usually not be exposed to the viewer. The results are hauntingly beautiful images that reference both the real and the unknown. The x-ray images on display will be accompanied by carefully selected sculptures and drawings relating to the x-ray images that offer deep insight into the artist’s childhood memories and experiences.