tjibbe hooghiemstra from 2 july 2016 to 30 october 2016

Nothing is what it seems in Tjibbe Hooghiemstra’s misleading photographs. Hooghiemstra explores the experience of space, constantly leads viewers astray, and allows us look at rooms in a new way.

Hooghiemstra works with the extremes of macro and micro focus, taking us from the unfathomable depths of the universe to extreme close-ups of the Earth. We see water, air, atmosphere, and the stars.


What seems far away is really staggering nearby, close-ups are disorientating, and sea views resemble images of the universe. Tjibbe plays with space. He takes photos of photos, re-photographs prints, and close-ups of paintings to create his own timeless spaces. His approach to the camera is the same as his painting: direct and impulsive.

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra (Gytsjerk, 1957) studied at the Minerva Academy in Groningen and the Sint Lucas Academy in Ghent. He works alternately in the Netherlands and Ireland. His work is exhibited in galleries from New York to Tokyo and at international art fairs such as Art Basel, Fiac Paris and Art Forum Berlin. Besides the Fries Museum, his work also included in the collections of the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.