Thursday, February 20
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Exhibition on view through March 29, 2014
The work of Dutch artist Wijnanda Deroo clean and balanced. It is crisp and elegant; simple and layered; empty and charged. She seeks overlooked spaces, forgotten spaces, and this series, Rijksmuseum, documents nearly 10 years of work on the renovations of Holland's most renowned museum. Formal balance is a tool we find Deroo using often and always to our satisfaction. This reinforces a subliminal sense of stability, history, and monumentality. The quality of light is soft and round and the palate painterly; together this reinforces connectivity and wholeness. Works feel critical and important. They are both saving an instant and watching as it and layers of time passes. Artifacts and art works; construction spaces and builder's markings; storage rooms and galleries are among Deroo's subjects. Time collapses in an instant and we consider the craftsmen and curators, artists and historians who's hands have made and touched these works. We think also of the workers and patrons that have and will pass these halls. We linger in this still preservation and look onto Deroo's scenes wanting to hold the moments that flood through our fingers like sand.
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Rijksmuseum #3, October 2011
Rijksmuseum #8, January 2013
Courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery