SILVIA B. and RENIE SPOELSTRA at DARK MATTERS

DARK MATTERS

including works by SILVIA B., MARC BIJL, MARIELLE BUITENDIJK, DARIO D’ARONCO, JEROEN KUSTER, CHARL LANDVREUGD, DIRK VAN LIESHOUT, SANDRO SETOLA, RENIE SPOELSTRA, FIONA WEIR

De kunstenaars in Dark Matters verkennen de nevelige uithoeken van een donker universum. Ze tonen een wereld die noch utopie, noch distopie lijkt te zijn, een plek waarvan de aard zich niet meteen prijsgeeft. Wat vertelt deze wereld ons? Betekenis wordt niet gegeven. Wel ontstaat er ruimte voor reflectie op onszelf en onze eigen tijd. Universele thema’ als groei en destructie, goed en kwaad, worden verbeeld in monumentale tekeningen, sculpturen en installaties. 

Silvia B. presenteert in de tentoonstelling foto’s en sculpturen waarin het circus fungeert als een wereld waarin schoonheid en weerzin, ontroering en afschuw met elkaar strijden om voorrang. In de wereld van het circus is alles mogelijk en wordt de werkelijkheid geweld aan gedaan. Wat goed is kan slecht worden en andersom. De foto’s doen soms denken aan sets uit een film noir, met een melancholieke, sombere, vervreemdende toonzetting.

Renie Spoelstra presenteert een nieuwe monumentale houtskooltekening. Takken van een boom waaien op om zicht te bieden op het duister van een diep woud. Het gaat haar niet om het vastleggen van een specifieke locatie maar om het reduceren van een concreet beeld tot een universeel concept. Ze zoekt het moment waarop er niets gebeurt maar wel al de dreiging voelbaar is van het moment ervoor of erna.


TENT
12.09.2013 – 01.12.2013
Witte de Withstraat 50
3012 BR Rotterdam
The Netherlands

010 4135498

more info: http://www.tentrotterdam.nl/shows/actueel/20130912_darkmatters.php

ABOUT Renie Spoelstra

Renie Spoelstra’s arduous process of drawing always begins with a journey. For close to a decade, she has travelled to coasts, lakes and beaches throughout North America and Europe. Recently she visited the volcanic islands of La Palma and Iceland, looking for landscapes that evoke overwhelming existential feelings. Once she has found these locations, she films the scenes, and by using the stills from the footage, she is able to move on to the next phase of conveying a personal representation of a geographic location. Her work is never about the locations she depicts – no matter how beautiful they are. They are always about triggering emotions and associations that sharpen our senses.

Spoelstra uses film footage as a starting point for her charcoal drawings. The suede like and velvety texture is achieved by the many layers of charcoal, which are skillfully positioned on top of each other to re-create an almost cinematographic scene. The balance between darkness and soft beams of light is rendered through the many shades of black and grey, creating a notion that something may be lurking below the surface.

Spoelstra looks for an atmosphere, and it is this atmosphere that she tries to re-create in her drawings. The dark hues, empty landscapes and sheer size of the works evoke an existential, melancholic sentiment, and allows for the viewer to lose oneself in each piece. Although these works are reproductions of real places, and are not imagined sceneries, the soulful nature of the drawings, and dark depths, reveal a personal interpretation of the artist’s emotion.

Themes of intensity, secrecy and mystery are reoccurring in Spoelstra’s works. There is an alluring and mythical feel of a place. The series ‘Stretching Universe’ refers to the scientific fact that our universe is expanding, while here on earth it feels as though it is shrinking with the rise of xenophobia, narrow-mindedness and the continuous threats of climate change. Fleeing, or escaping to nature is not as easy as it may seem.

Renie Spoelstra studied at St. Joost, Breda and at the Academie Minerva, Groningen. She has exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad, notably at institutions like the Albertina, Vienna; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Her work is included in renowned collections such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MACBA Barcelona; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; the Guerlain Fondation, Paris, and many other (private) collections.

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ABOUT Silvia B.

Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybride figures which she presents in a wide range of settings. Stringendo — a musical term that indicates the retained increase of intensity — shows her latest extremely realistic sculptures of vulnerable adolescent dancers who are struggling with their bindings, strings and wooden parts to grow. The rats that flank the dancers sides, should seem completely inferior, but in the compositions of Silvia B. they have an angelic and pure appearance. The staging of the two complementary characters sums up the drawback of human civilization.

Galerie Ron Mandos presents Stringendo, a new series of sculptures by Silvia B. Silvia B. (NL, 1963) is known for her sculptures of hybrid figures; caught between age, gender and culture, between human, animal and doll. In addition to her iconic sculptures she makes drawings, photographs and also curated several projects. Her work is characterized by a constant battle between attraction and repulsion. A duality that comes from her vision of the world, how people behave according to so called codes of civilization and yet are still driven by their instinctive fears and desires.

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