Marcel Van Eeden | GALLERIA S.A.L.E.S.(638 reads)
Sam, This Is You | 22 Jun - 30 Sept 2012
For this exhibition van Eeden has realized a body of new works expressly conceived for the gallery space: it consists of drawings, large-size drawings as single artworks while small-size drawings grouped together into collective works, one paper sculpture and wall-paintings directly executed on the gallery walls.
All of them are reproductions of images that date back to a time preceeding the artist’s birth (November 22nd, 1965). This exhibition comes after years of substantial evolution in the practice of Marcel van Eeden, who passed from an almost exclusive recourse to drawing, to painting (in 2008 he even made an exhibition entitled “Sensational. New Way To Paint”) and gives proof of the heavy experimental phase of his current artistic path.
Or they can be external to the works, deriving from its positioning and from the rhythmicity of vision, articulated by the artist through frames, chromatisms or by putting together different drawings in a single artwork displaying a serial feature.
They are the return to the prevailing of drawing, the uniformity of style of realization common to all images, the reproduction of visual material antecedent to the artist’s birth and finally, the presence of a character around which is developed the story narrated in the exhibition.
The exhibition “Sam, This Is You” photographs the moment in which Sam calls himself from one part to the other of an intertemporal tunnel, thus being in a dimension on one hand of alterity with respect to himself and on the other of identification with respect to “the other”, somehow like in front of a mirror. The series of small drawings entitled “The Other Now” refers to this.
The second group of small-size drawings seems to introduce an explicit formal reference. The graphic works and the wall-paintings reproduce some John McLaughlin’s paintings (1898-1976), an American abstract artist, whose practice was inspired by Mondrian, Malevic and above all, by the Japanese painters of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth century, characterized by an absolute austerity of forms and colour as only possible language code.
Chromatic research and spatiality are the two areas in which van Eeden has renewed more intensely his way of doing art and what he has gained with paintings -in the managing of colours- return here in an exhibition organized around drawings. Moreover, compared to the past, the artist has abandoned the strict rule of the fixed-size drawings (previously all of them measured 19x28 cm.) and the works are now free in getting possession of the space around them.
In this exhibition Marcel van Eeden carries out two parallel reflections, one centered around the character of Sam and the other one around the arstist’s work. Highly recognizable features are intertwined with highly unpredictable ones and the relationship between the viewer and the artist constantly tightens up just to be loosened again.
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