Don’t miss Hélène Grimaud’s collaboration with her creative and life partner Mat Hennek. This multimedia concert project, Woodlands and Beyond…, includes works by romantic and impressionist composers accompanied by Hennek’s photo series, Woodlands.
In Woodlands, Mat Hennek presents genuine portraits of trees, the results of numerous hikes through various forests in Europe and the USA. Hennek sets out to discover extraordinary places in remote and often difficult to access areas, traveling on the road beyond human civilization for days. He removes spatial landmarks, alternately erasing the ground and horizon to unhinged any sense of direction. Light and shadow, pattern and structure build up to an impressionistic hymn—infinite, without a center, without beginning or end.
Fine art photographer, Mat Hennek’s new art book was released by Steidl earlier this year and has received high praise from critics. His exhibition “Woodlands and Beyond…” featured at the Flo Peters Gallery in Hamburg throughout April and May, following the release of the book.
“Silence the woods? And the pictures speak for themselves? Anything that could distract has been omitted. By itself creates silence, and upload the images to linger. We do not know whether it is the structures that baffle you, or the tremendous variety of forms that are present in these patterns. Every tree, every leaf operates on its own, but everything adds up to a greater whole. The viewer’s gaze and mental attention oscillates between the individual and the whole to find a balance in the consistency of the pictorial compositions.” – Journal21, Stephan Wehowsky
“I let my eyes wander over these very appealing photographs: they do not just like me, they attract me magically… For me, these are highly inspiring invitations to contemplation… I am amazed at the light and the overwhelming diversity of forms.” – Across Cultures, Hans Durrer
“Now the most beautiful recordings of the “Woodlands” have appeared in a high-quality printed and equipped picture book. Also the book form allows the viewer’s eyes to sink deep into the forest. During the hours of preparation, Hennek carefully prepared and arranged the images, to give a profound sense of depth to the eye. The contrasting forests from Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA and other countries also makes it clear that a forest is not always a forest, but always a fascinating visual experience.” – Buchhandlung
“The German photographer Mat Hennek approaches the forest, he shows it as a formal work of art, goes deep into its depths, explores its essence – just as if he were looking for the forest’s soul. They are timeless pictures, which Hennek shows in this textless illustrated book, portraits that limit the forest to the essentials; to stems, branches, leaves; which pushes them out of reality. The viewer can be lost in these forests, can see beings stolen from fairy tales and legends, and guess the animals that roam these forests.” – Schweizerfamilie, Heinz Storrer
The New Yorker‘s article on Steidl also features photographs captured during the production of Hennek’s art book.
Visit www.mathennek.com/publications for more information on Woodlands.