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The Internet might be the first man-made wilderness. Although it started out as a structured framework of freely accessible information, it has grown into an ever expanding and uncontrollable entity. Thijs Zweers is part of a generation which has made this wilderness their second home. Now he explores the web as if it is an autonomous reality. His drawings can be seen as impressions and transcribed experiences of the virtual realm. In a sense he acts as a digital anthropologist, documenting the creations of man on a digital plane. While traveling through this new world one can be both creator and spectator. In his latest works Thijs has made use of digital imaging tools to recreate environments created for a virtual life. Using 3D modeling software he creates settings which could be found in platforms such as Second Life and mass multi player role playing games (mmorpgs). Then he uses his mouse as a brush to disturb the illusion of three dimensional space. He creates playful lines in seemingly random compositions and by doing so he emphasizes the man-made nature of digital creations.
Finally he lets several of these sketches and drawings collide into one image that create a certain composition. At this point he transfers the piece to the analogue world by printing it on several sheets of A4 paper to reproduce, on an enlarged scale, black and white drawing in Siberian chalk focusing on the emotions (or lack thereof) hidden under a digital surface. Besides the considerable technical skill that these pieces showcase they also convey aspects of the lurking dangers inhabiting this new digital reality to the viewer. Although the Internet offers a wealth of practical information it is also a breeding ground for subcultures, fetishes and nightmarish imagery. It has become a place where humans can let their deepest, darkest emotions run free through the promise of anonymity. Actions in these strange, exotic lands seem to have very little consequences in the physical world, prompting dreamlike experimentations. In his work Thijs Zweers tries to document this freedom, these first steps on fresh soil, as part of human history.