Henri Jacobs, Patrick Gabler, Koen Taselaar
work on paper, drawings
12 May through 10 June 2018
Open coming Sunday 27 May from 13:00 – 17:00 on Haagse Zondag
JaGaTa is a combination of the first two letters of each of the artists’ last names. By using this contraction they are emphasizing the similarities in their work. For all three of them, patterns and rhythm play an important role.
In his ongoing series Journal Drawings, Henri Jacobs (1957) explores how surfaces can be filled with geometric patterns. In the past few years he has been picking up some new themes during his research trips, such as undulating ornaments in Kolkata, India, and variations on the circle in Arita, Japan. For his latest works he started weaving patterns from small strips of paper, for this he recently traveled to Indonesia to study Ikat weaving. In Patrick Gabler’s (1967) work rhythm is important. His brush dances across the paper to create a pattern of curls that moves across the surface like a cloud of starlings that condenses into a definite shape.
The eye is continually drawn back and forth between the movement of the individual brush strokes and the overall shape. Koen Taselaar (1986) often uses texts in his drawings. He incorporates words and sentences in a multitude of stripes and designs that unroll like a carpet. Because of the exuberance and liveliness of his patterns, it usually takes a while before the text can be deciphered.
The avalanche of visual information in Taselaar’s work is excessive in a positive sense: joyful and almost psychedelically energetic. Excessiveness is also present in the work of the other artists; the virtuoso precision and craftsmanship that Henri Jacobs applies to his patterns and Gabler’s exhaustive search for the overall shape in his brush drawings.