There is no possibility of communicating with the figures depicted in Johan van Dijke´s paintings. They are physically and materially present, however they are psychologically detached: deep in thought, sleeping, on the phone, watching TV. This dualism (body-mind, life-matter) is ever-present in his work. For him, man is a being who has turned into himself. If, as a human being you cannot escape yourself, then you cannot ever really know someone else. Everything you see is bound up in your self-perception: every image a mirror. All material lives and can take the guise of something threatening or even comforting.

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