The impressive sculptural installation 'Extension (3)' by Hans Op de Beeck
, is made up of velvet, monochrome grey sculpturally interpreted travel trunks, hand luggage, airport trolleys, overcoats, umbrellas, and plastic bags. This group of quiet objects, arranged somewhat chaotically as one would find them in any modern day airport, signifies a focal point for reflection. By restaging this scene in separation of its original public and crowded context, consideration is given to the substance of these objects. Allowing us to ponder the manner in which we live today, the paths we follow and how we attempt - with frequent and great ineptitude - to deal with time, space and each other.
Working in diverse media, Miami-bred artist Daniel Arsham
synthesises a future civilisation, symbolised by its architecture, where a cold, entropic beauty empowers nature over culture, in a manner akin to J.G. Ballard’s crystalline worlds, but where people’s lives can only be guessed at or wondered about from afar. composes flower still-lives with an edge. The viewer is invited to lose herself in the wondrous expression of flowers, luscious glass forms and animals. After closer inspection these expressions reveal a multitude of hidden torments and references to mythology and the work of the Old Masters.
Renie Spoelstra uses film stills of Dutch woodland and recreational areas as a basis for executing her charcoal drawings. Her use of charcoal and her opting for creating large format works are determined choices to create resistance in her materials and a work intensive process. In this way, she utilises the colourless greys and jet blacks of the different chalk types to conjure up atmospheres from the mundane to that of a creeping and disquieting tension.
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