Amsterdam Art Fair 2016

From Wednesday, May 25th, to Sunday, May 29th

Amsterdam Art Fair 2016
25 – 29 May, Museumplein Amsterdam
Booth 04

Johan Tahon
Rik Meijers
Michael Kirkham
Koen Delaere

Light Installation LUMENS by Henk Stallinga
at the Reception and Restaurant

BEELD 2
Featuring Thom Puckey
Amsterdam Art Rooms,
Johannes Vermeerstraat 29, Amsterdam

 

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Exhibited Artists

Restaurant and Reception: Henk Stallinga, LUMENS, 2016, custom made LED lights, polycarbonate tubes, wiring, electronics, dmx software, 3 x 35 x 210 cm (per mobile)

BEELD 2: Thom Puckey, Kim de Weijer as Amputee (detail), 2011, 92 x 98 x 96 cm, Statuario Marble (photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

Rik Meijers, Mystiek Portret / Mystic Portrait, 2015, 65 x 50 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas

Rik Meijers, Mystiek Portret / Mystic Portrait, 2015, 65 x 50 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas

Rik Meijers, Untitled, Mixed Media on Paper, 21 x 29,7 cm

Michael Kirkham, 'The Girl with Red Blanket', 2011, oil on canvas, 170 x 200 cm

Johan Tahon, 'Uludag', 2015, glazed ceramics, 174 x 55 x 46 cm, private collection (photo by Gert Jan van Rooij)

Restaurant and Reception: Henk Stallinga, LUMENS, 2016, custom made LED lights, polycarbonate tubes, wiring, electronics, dmx software, 3 x 35 x 210 cm (per mobile)

BEELD 2: Thom Puckey, Kim de Weijer as Amputee (detail), 2011, 92 x 98 x 96 cm, Statuario Marble (photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

Rik Meijers, Mystiek Portret / Mystic Portrait, 2015, 65 x 50 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas

Rik Meijers, Mystiek Portret / Mystic Portrait, 2015, 65 x 50 cm, Mixed Media on Canvas

Rik Meijers, Untitled, Mixed Media on Paper, 21 x 29,7 cm

Michael Kirkham, 'The Girl with Red Blanket', 2011, oil on canvas, 170 x 200 cm

Johan Tahon, 'Uludag', 2015, glazed ceramics, 174 x 55 x 46 cm, private collection (photo by Gert Jan van Rooij)

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AMSTERDAM ART FAIR 2016

Booth 04
During Amsterdam Art Fair Gerhard Hofland is proud to present an exhibition by Michael Kirkham, Rik Meijers and Johan Tahon.
The scenes that appear on the canvasses of Michael Kirkham (1971, UK) carefully address the dark alleys of human existence. By painting directly from his mind, often shifting between fantasy and reality, Kirkham’s paintings breathe an alienating quality. Kirkham’s imagery, however, is not merely banal: it expresses a deep sense and empathy for the human condition, making even the most despicable scenes of misery look tantalizing.
Rik Meijers (1963, NL) appears to draw inspiration from the same source. Wretched faces, shaped through the use of unorthodox materials, tell of a world that is often experienced as abominable. Drunks, outcasts, and other strangers dominate Meijers’ visual language: parts of society that, despite the ease with which they are overlooked, are an essential part of humanity. Through his rough and painterly style they are revived, and Meijers reinstalls them as inevitable members of everyday life.
The spatial installation, created by Johan Tahon (1965, BE) for the occasion of Amsterdam Art Fair, draws from the same painterly qualities, clearly revealing traces of the artist at work. The sculptures of Tahon are reminiscent of classic sculpture, making the supernatural physically tangible. They come into existence on the verge of philosophical and metaphysical speculation on the essence of Man, and succeed in generating a rejuvenated sense of mythicism.
All together the three artists shape and reflect on forms of existence that too often escapes our vision. Whether these are worlds that appear in the hidden underbellies of society, emerge from taboo, or in the realm of the supernatural, Kirkham, Meijers, and Tahon expose essential (and existential) parts of human existence, at all times challenging and questioning the condition humaine.

Reception and Restaurant
At the same time we are excited to announce that the light installation LUMENS by Henk Stallinga (1962, NL) will be exhibited at the restaurant and reception of Amsterdam Art Fair. The installation’s delicately shaped lamp tubes gracefully float in space as naturally moving mobiles, producing various hues of white light in which the hourly and seasonal changes of daylight can be recognized. Through this Stallinga challenges the operation and perception of light, emphasizing the influence it has on our conception of both time and warmth, while it simultaneously is a force of energy that literally, physically moves.

BEELD 2: Thom Puckey
At the side-exhibition BEELD 2, which is focussed entirely on contemporary sculpture, work from Thom Puckey (1948, UK) will be shown. Puckey’s sculptures emerge from a tradition started by French filmmaker Jean-Luc Goddard, who once said that: “All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun”. Working in white or black marble, Puckey selects his models and weapons, but it is the pose that provides the crux: it is all about a dramatic moment that, with a reference to the neorealism of the late 19th century, is translated into the hard surface of the marble. Hence, it is the sublime contrast between the hardness of the material, and the soft, almost flesh-like quality of his sculptures that brings the female figures to life.

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