Nour-Eddine Jarram, Pascale-Sophie Kaparis

drawings, lithographs

9 January – 6 February 2011

Nour-Eddine Jarram (1956) draws rolling landscapes in saturated colours in which figures are hidden. They look like images from a dream or hallucination, in the fold of a mountain a face lights up, a hill forms the shoulder of a man. While drawing one form is evoked by the other; Jarram does not have a preconceived image in mind, he looks upon drawing as a journey that he will have to make without any directions, finding his way as he goes along. Due to the warm earth colours, deep blues and elegant, sometimes calligraphic lines, the pastel drawings have an unmistakably non-Western character. Educated in Casablanca and later in Enschede, The Netherlands, Jarram unites in his work an abstract form language with more narrative and figurative elements which are always incorporated into the image in a subtle way.

Pascale-Sophie Kaparis (1959) makes her debut in the gallery. She shows a series of ink drawings which she calls self-portraits, but on the face of it they are abstract. In red ink she draws forms that look like plants or fruit. These are connected to form a system, one form logically linked up with the other. Halfway the representation a horizontal line has been drawn, transecting the whole. After a while you realize that the organic system represents the opened out interior of a body, abruptly divided into two by the horizontal caesura in the middle of the representation. In the lithos she also starts from a cluster of organic forms. Subsequently, this basis is expanded with red ink and partly removed with tipp ex in a series of fifteen works that can hardly be traced back to the original.