What started it all?
Back in 2017 I began listening to vaporwave. The music, the visuals the ｆｅｅｌｉｎｇ.
It got to me. I remember sitting down one night and creating the gasstation piece. Which has been the origin of Dutch tide. The gas station series stands for interpretation. Meaning that I tried to design it in such a way that it reflects your thoughts and feelings. The composition is set up in such a way that your eyes go through the whole image but you always return to a focal point that doesn't really exist. Symbolising reflection and emptiness. Its set on one plane, meaning, you have foreground background and midground. I put the gas station on the mid ground which is where traditional japanese art comes together with dutch fundamentals. Neon colors, vague vocal points and emptiness are at the core of this piece. This is what resonates with people. This is what the art of Dutch tide is like.
Values and beliefs
What does Dutchtide mean
"Being nostalgic to a time where the future is still seen as a positive whereas the reality is very grim is not only to me the core of what vaporwave is, it also reflects the state of our society on a mental, physical emotional and spiritual level. " 20 october 2019
Most of the art pieces I make carry an emotion, symbolic value or some other deep meaning.
The gas station series is symbolic for capitalism ruining our environment. Illuminating the deep emptiness that is left because of it. Capitalism proposes itself as the ultimate solution to everything, but it shows that is not always the case.
Look now at what happened during Covid-19 , economic prosperity in many cases put above the well-being of the people. Dutchtide tries to do everything as ethical as possible. And hopefully you pick up on that experience.
2020 season 02
H I G H R I S E
Inspiration for highrise
H I G H R I S E , we all know what its like to see these huge buildings towering above the horizon, dominating its skyline. What does it represent? Wealth? Luxury? Or maybe an issue?
In the village I grew up in there is this huge building called the palace hotel. It has been in decay for the past 24 years and for the longest time I thought it was ugly. Until I realized it represents a time long forgotten. This building is a memoir to the times the formula 1 was still happening in my village, when they thought Zandvoort would be the next Monaco, but alas it was neglected.
It makes me nostalgic to look at that building. And so I decided to make a series around it.
"Tide estates, true luxury"
That would be the slogan of the estate company building these high rises, portraying a bright future far from the realities we would face in 2008 and now in 2020.
Lack of housing and space, a financial crisis, families in despair, but never the less high rises popping up everywhere. Tokyo being a big example together with Hong Kong these cities grow not in width but in height, cramming people in small homes with huge amounts of rent to pay. Who would not want to fantasize to a luxury condo in a pristine high rise.