IJsseloog (in English: the eye of the IJssel) is a two kilometre long industrial site built on an artificial, egg-shaped island situated in the Ketelmeer in The Netherlands. The perfectly circular lake in its centre serves as a dump for contaminated mud deposited by the Rhine River, then dredged from the nearby delta and transported to the IJsseloog for treatment.
Gschwantner‘s model of the island consists of a drawing on top of a glass plate, at the centre of which is sunk a bowl of mud and seawater. This model duplicates the unusual form of the island taken from a bird‘s-eye view. His accompanying video reveals the man-made nature of the landscape, which still looks idyllic despite its geometry.
Geometry and optics are also fundamental to Gschwantner‘s works woven from PVC-tubes. The net of PVC tubes are filled with seawater and contaminated residue, then stretched over a three-dimensional picture plane. Together with the inclusion of abstract forms and painted linework, these create new patterns. This stratification generates shimmering effects and visual movements similar to Op Art.
VIDEO: 5:07 MIN, 2014
CREDITS: RIJKSWATERSTAAT MIDDEN - NEDERLAND, VAN KLEEF MEDIA, JONATHAN TURNER
DE IJSSELOOG PUPIL
PLEXIGLASS, SEAWATER & SLUDGE
80 x 90 CM