For the sculptural objects by Hans van Bentem, it seems that the artist whishes to awaken the prejudiced minds that cannot be reasoned into common sense.
Funny monsters made from wood; the wood and the craftsmanship coming from Mali, a West-African country with different indigenous religions and a belief in ancestral spirits is apt. Like we said, there is this connection, this thing, between character and location.
Global society or not.
Painter Jeroen Allart studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie Rotterdam and the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. His work was recently shown at the S.M.A.K., Ghent. The monochrome backgrounds in Dutch landscapes and Cowboys have become his signature, together with the painterly feel of cut-outs and his close-ups of birds in solitude. His work was recently published in TIME magazine.
Artist Hans van Bentem graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art (KABK) in The Hague. His starky sculptural objects are made with original humour and awaken prejudiced minds that cannot be reasoned into common sense. The crystal bed that was exhibited in the The Municipal Museum of The Hague as part of his solo show, is an extension of his crystal chandeliers, of which pop phenomenon Madonna bought a beautiful piece and of which several are exhibited permanently in the Escher Museum in The Hague (a shark, a spider and a sea horse and other works).
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