Lotte van Lieshout, Marjolijn van der Meij
Marjolijn de Wit
work on paper, paintings
10 – 31 July 2016 after that open by appointment through 21 August
Lotte van Lieshout’s (1978) work has a strong personal focus. Her experiences are reflected in a visual language that is both direct and mysterious and contains references to art history and religion. For some time now she has been painting on unfolded cardboard food packaging that give the images ragged contours. With this technique she created an enormous work, a patchwork blanket made of packaging, on which she depicted a bed with a brainstem hovering over it and a falling man in the foreground. This bizarre, poignant image directly touches on man’s physical vulnerability and the mysterious workings of the brain.
Marjolijn van der Meij (1970) folds and creases old photographs and postcards, making objects and faces three-dimensional and distorting them while at the same time giving the images a new focus.
In her most recent work she copies the damaged photographs in paintings, thus giving them a second life. These painted translations raise questions about the authenticity of the image in general and the significance of the memories and associations the photographs trigger in us.
The paintings of Marjolijn de Wit (1979) are also preceded by a phase in a different medium. She arranges objects next to each other on the floor to create a spatial constellation. Subsequently, she paints them on medium-sized and small canvasses on which this spatial quality is immediately tangible. She sometimes also combines painting and the three dimensional by placing a painting upright on the floor on poles, or by attaching small objects to the canvas.