The Homestead Principle #4, Sebastiaan Schlicher at Maurits van de Laar Gallery, The Hague

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There is something jazzy about Sebastiaan Schlicher’s drawings. Or rather something rocking, or even

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more something punkish. Well, i guess i could go on mentioning musical styles. Too little

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is known about the influence of music on the visual arts, which must have

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been quite significant since the inventions of radio and gramophone, especially since the nineteen twenties

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when records became more widely available. Where the mutual influence of vision, sound and

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text can bring you today, is clearly visible in Schlicher’s work. Rythms, texts, stripes, lines,

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hallucinatory visions and graffiti mix in an orgy of pencil, ink and improvisation. In

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that way Schlicher stands in a musical-artistic tradition that has become more and more obvious

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and explicit. His works seem to flow into music and vice versa without a

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problem, so the real music might be something you may miss in his current exhibition

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The Homestead Principle #4 at Maurits van de Laar Gallery. But i guess that

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is just as well for Maurits van de Laar. Instead it is well worth seeing

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the variety of rawness and virtuosity. Schlicher is not just a good draughtsman or

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an endearing rough improviser; he knows how to make visions come alive. He knows both

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their intimacy and their monumentality. He knows the secret life of the visual arts.

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And if you don’t get it, there is always his Homestead to receive you.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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