Ossip at Galerie Ramakers, The Hague

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Once i heard a pianist say that each Beethoven sonata has a mechanism of its own. That implies that Beethoven designed a

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specific mechanism for each new sonata that would suit the development of its unique content. I had to think about that while looking

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at Ossip’s works presently on show at Galerie Ramakers in The Hague. Photo’s from magazines and newspapers are Ossip’s basic material and

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in this exhibition he uses a lot of black and white pictures of stuff from art history. Rubens, Matisse, Picasso and others come

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along, but it’s the pictures that are important, not the stories or the fame of the protagonists. They are just the shapes

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and forms that trigger the mechanism of each work and in turn the mechanism creates the work. Ossip is not just being playful:

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with each work he creates a new union of harmony and disharmony, thus allowing each work to create its own content and feeling.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Bertus Pieters

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