James Geurts, Stan Klamer, Esther Kokmeijer, Rens Krikhaar
video, photos, drawings
7 April – 6 May 2012
The exhibition Voyage’s subject matter is travel in the broadest sense of the word.
In the Australian artist James Geurts’ (1970) work, travel is interpreted as a physical movement through space. One of the exhibited works is the video Salt Drawing Lake, for which the artist shot images of an enormous salt lake in Australia from a light aircraft, pointing directly down at the surface to draw an imaginary line across the lake.
Stan Klamer’s (1951) drawings can be seen as cartographical works in which he organizes and controls reality. Recent works resemble sea charts, with little boats derived from Japanese and Chinese prints and from artists such as Pieter Breughel, Arnold Böcklin and Odillon Redon.
Rens Krikhaar (1982) shows a series of small drawings depicting nocturnal railroad-yards and trains, appeal to the romance of travel. At the same time a mysterious figure straying across the railways and trains provides a certain, palpable tension reminiscent of a film noir scene.
For her work Moments of Accuracy Esther Kokmeijer (1977) travelled twice to Grimsey, a small island north of Iceland. The Arctic Circle runs straight across this island, as a result of which the sun doesn’t set during the summer solstice (21 June) and doesn’t rise during the winter solstice (21 December). Kokmeijer photographed the roads running through the desolate Icelandic landscape and the point at which the Arctic Circle crosses the island.