MURALS Inc. THE GALLERY presents #01: PIEK SURVEY
To be announced
With Jan van der Ploeg, Barbara Helmer, Aimée Terburg and Bart Lodewijks
MURALS Inc. THE GALLERY presents #01: PIEK SURVEY.
Before a (gallery) space can be put to maximum use for presentation purposes, it is important to get to know this space well. Our first exhibition PIEK SURVEY explores the possibilities. Jan van der Ploeg, Barbara Helmer and Aimée Terburg create a mural and allow themselves to be guided by, among other things, the architectural starting points. The films that Marieke van der Lippe and Younes Laaguidi made of Ash Keating and Rutger de Vries during ART ROTTERDAM will be shown in full-size. Bart Lodewijks is going to make a start with his linear chalk drawings that will arise and disappear on the Noordereiland in the coming 9 months as part of ‘Noordereiland Drawings’. Last but not least Lydia Wierenga has applied her last black A-4, the series is complete, the booklet about this project will be presented during the opening.
‘Which landscape does a painter see?’ I challenge painter Barbara Helmer.
‘The viewer, for the sake of convenience, assumes they see the world but translated through paint’ She smiles, ‘The world is the canvas. The paint, shapes and colour are the landscape… Of course, I’ll apply elements from reality. On my terms, if they fit’.
She doesn’t depict. Occasionally, impressions from the outside world resonate with her painterly reality. The painter records them; gratefully absorbs them. Dissects, analyses and abstracts until they are only contour or colour.
This wall drawing’s graphic structure started as a thick gold chain. In this composition of segments, the painter conveys what she sees. How a prism emanates from grey. That stripes can be rays of light. That an eclipse of a colour field exists. She takes us through aesthetic collisions, close calls, and successful encounters. She shows how from form a counter-form emerges.
This wall drawing is a landscape that fits its location. Other places could have different outcomes. Perhaps in grey. Or striped. Whatever the painter envisions.
Text by Klaar van der Lippe