My father Siemon Dijkstra (1955) is like I am educated as an artist and teacher in art. He taught for years on an Academy of Fine Arts. Siemon Dijkstra makes very interesting photographical books in a (conceptual) clear and meaningful style. The photographs in the books are personal and sometimes nostalgic but the photographer uses a language that is recognisable as a minimalistic international style. For example the photographs in the book named Floor drawings. Wall sculptures (2016). The photographs are taken at the former flight Academy at Eelde Airport (Groningen). The images in the book are graphic and monochrome; more like abstract paintings than like a reproduction of reality (that’s what a photograph supposed to be). The materiality of the subject is very present in these photographs, like paint on a canvas. With the title the artist is pointing on the fact that the photographs are drawings on the floor and sculptures on the wall. The photographical medium is used, but also ironically denied by the artist.
The book Names (2016) has also a clear concept and style. Siemon Dijkstra is very fond of the Belgian coast and finds year after year interesting artistic subjects along the coastline. The names on the Villa’s tell a story about the time they were placed as much as about the owner of the house. The houses along the coast have a name and these names are integrated or form a contrast with the architecture. Sometimes the typography is clear and sometimes faded away. Sometimes the letters are out of the time of Art Deco and seen by James Ensor and sometimes fondles or with a fond, handwritten or out of a type case. The letters interact with the structure of their background. The “flaneur” at the boulevard sees the sea, but also the letters on the walls of the houses. The letters form often exotic names of other places or want to impress the observing “flaneur” by style, language or subject matter. The photographs impress by what they are, the facts and atmosphere of the Belgian coast and it’s boulevard, loved by James Ensor and Siemon Dijkstra.