The immaterial Materialised*
From an art-historical perspective, digital art has strong connections to the often instruction-based nature of previous movements such as Dada and Fluxus and continues the "dematerialization" of the art object that lies at the core of conceptual art. Both conceptual and digital art are avant-gardes, in the way that they redefine the concept of art by the use of radical new materials and by questioning the role of the artist, the art object and its institutions
In both conceptual art and digital art, Dutch artists have been, and are, the vanguard. In our booth at Art Rotterdam 2021 we present the interconnected movements through both material and immaterial (digital) works of art by artists Marinus Boezem, Harm van den Dorpel, Constant Dullaart, Jan Robert Leegte, Noor Nuyten, Rafael Rozendaal and Dennis Rudolph.
*Title after an artwork of Jan Robert Leegte
Upstream Gallery's participation in Art Rotterdam is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.