Artist Talk with Lieven Hendriks

We are happy to let you know that artist Lieven Hendriks and curator Rianne Groen will discuss the exhibition Mirages at Museum CODA Apeldoorn on Thursday, December 8. In the midst of the exhibition they will talk about Hendriks’ ideas and technique. Mirages shows how the artist transforms everyday things with technical virtuosity into images that seem crystal clear, but still make you wonder about what you see. Of course, there will be plenty of room for the audience to ask questions.⁠

‘Mirages’ showcases Hendriks’ work of the last twenty years⁠. Have a look at the installation photos that were taken for CODA Apeldoorn to get an impression of the exhibition. The works will be on view at the museum until January 15, 2023.⁠

Practical Information:⁠
Artist Talk with Lieven Hendriks⁠
Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022⁠
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM⁠
Location: Museum CODA, Apeldoorn⁠

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ABOUT Lieven Hendriks

Lieven Hendriks takes everyday subjects in which the human touch is visible as a starting point for his work. For example, he paints nails in walls, stars and vases cut out of paper, and finger drawings on foggy windows. By using trompe l’oeil effects, his flat canvases appear as loosely stretched linens, deceiving the eyes of the viewer. In his work, Lieven Hendriks, plays a game with the nature of observation. His paintings anticipate how we look at art, how we focus our attention, and how this process is affected by surrounding circumstances. In this way, his work touches directly on the essence of painting and the value attached to it.

Creating hyperreal illusions requires mastery of one’s technique. When seeking to deceive his audience, Hendriks pulls out all the stops to make his work absolutely lifelike. Nothing is allowed to interfere with the illusion. For the artist, painting amounts first and foremost to a conscious demonstration of the highest professional skill. He uses his technical virtuosity to make the viewer think about the way we are used to look at paintings. Although his images seem to be crystal clear at first, they actually make us doubt through their ambiguity.

Lieven Hendriks (1970) studied at the HKU in Utrecht and was a resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. His work is part of many renowned international collections, including Museum Voorlinden, ESMoA Los Angeles, and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.