Stan Klamer, Erik Pape

works on paper, paintings

8 March – 6 April 2008
In Stan Klamer‘s (1951) drawings and watercolours often have a bird’s eye view on landscapes and islands, in which rivers and roads branch out. These are no accurate topographical renderings but rather a free form of cartography, in which ideas and moods can be expressed. At the same time they can be read as a composition of abstract forms and colours. The Island is a recurring motif, an isolated  location where experiments and utopic ideas can be realized. From this perscpective the maps can be seen as a metaphor for reality, in which the artist is able to arrange and register his world.

Erik Pape (1942) paints in saturated colours with often expressive contrasts in dark and lighter passages. The Place Stalingrad in Paris, a busy roundabout where the metro is coming above ground, has been his subject for years. He has made himself so familiar with the subject that the roundabout is now merely a starting point to catch the dynamics of the square in an almost abstract way. Every year Erik Pape visits the Place Stalingrad to make sketches and watercolours on the spot. In the exhibition a range of these sketches is shown parallel to the paintings.