Saturday, 25 January 2020

Jana van Meerveld / Meret Oppenheim

Meret Oppenheim
Large cloudy sky over the continents
oil on canvas
110 x 210 cm

Meret Oppenheim

The extreme diversity in topics and styles of Meret Oppenheim her works were an eyeopener to me when I started at art school in the eighties. Unfortunately she was labeled as a surrealist and dadaïst. This bothered her tremendously in her progress as artist, but she kept making works up to her death not fitting into art history boxes and theories. Her works ooze a refined intelligence and courage. It's still fresh. She paved a firm path in the art world for a feminine approach.

Jana van Meerveld, 2019

Jana van Meerveld (NL)
Automation Bias Joust
oil on linen
75 x 100 cm

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Lex van Lith / Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei Tarkovsky
still from Stalker

So many shoulders to stand on:
Peter Paul Rubens, how he constructs his paintings.
Frans Hals, all those variations in black.
The silence of Francisco de Zurbaran.
The great Americans: Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning,
(and also a late discovery: Milton Resnick).
Jannis Kounellis: how raw material can tell a story.
Poetry: Jan Jacob Slauerhoff, Dylan Thomas.

Too much to mention actually.
But most impressive: Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker and Andrei Roebljov.
Films in which you can get lost forever.
Wandering around without going straight for your goal.
As Tarkovsky said: "My ideal spectator watches a film like a traveller looks around in the country he's visiting.”

Lex van Lith, December 2019

Lex van Lith (NL)
170 x 140 cm
oil on linen