Saturday, 11 February 2017

Mynke Buskens / Pieter Saenredam



Pieter Saenredam
Het koor van de Jacobikerk Utrecht, van Zuid naar Noord
1642
Panel
55,3 x 45,7 cm
Alte Pinakothek Munchen



Mynke Buskens (NL)
They don't care about us
detail five-part
2015/16
pencil and eraser on paper
240 x 1500 cm
photo Peter Cox


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Rabi Koria / Pablo Picasso



Pablo Picasso
Guernica
1937
oil on canvas
349,3 x 776,6 cm
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid


I chose Guernica by Picasso. And since I'm a huge admirer of Edward Said I add a quote from him that matches the works Guernica and Raqqa. His discourse on imperialism has brought me in flux during my student days.
Rabi Koria, 2016

'Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings.' 
Edward W. Said




Rabi Koria (SY/NL)
Raqqa
2016
oil on ceramic tiles
120 x 180 cm


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Nour-Eddine Jarram / Jacob van Ruisdael



Jacob van Ruisdael
The Forest Stream
ca.1660
oil on canvas
99,7 x 129,2 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York



The old master that came into my life in recent years is definitely Jacob van Ruisdael. Three years ago, I relocated from the city of Enschede to a small village near the border. There, I found a studio situated on a farm in the middle of rural Twente. All at once, I was confronted with the beauty of this landscape. Everywhere around me, I perceived the paintings of the old Dutch masters and of Jacob van Ruisdael in particular, who also worked for some time right across the border in the German town of Bad Bentheim. I became fascinated by the Romanticism in his landscapes, an idea that was employed in order to emphasize melancholy or Weltschmerz. The fact that Ruisdael composed his paintings according to his own taste, appealed to me and led me to reinterpreting his landscapes.
Nour-Eddine Jarram, 2016





Nour-Eddine Jarram (MA/NL)
No title (after Ruisdael)
2014
pastel on paper
103 x 150 cm