It is not always easy to combine three very strong artistic personalities in a way that they don’t bite each other. But if the combination works, it may lead to a kind of visual frenzy, a kind of drunkenness of which the viewer can hardly get enough. Which may happen to you watching the current three exhibitions of works by Auke de Vries, Joseph Semah and Jerry Keizer at Nouvelles Images gallery.
Auke de Vries, the celebrated monumental sculptor, also makes small sculptures which also look quite monumental. Watching them closely however, may make you glad they have no monumental proportions and personally i even prefer them to his monumental public works. You actually see De Vries thinking in these works.
Joseph Semah (about whose work i wrote extensively in 2011) brings you back to the collateral damage of the great European crisis of the first half of the 20th century, which you can still detect in European thinking and visual culture, even if today’s European thinking and visual culture are not referring to it, or even seem to have forgotten it.
Jerry Keizer’s almost obsessive works, which may remind you in a way of Jan Schoonhoven’s work, seem to catch any movement, whether physically or spiritually, in a grid, on one hand more or less taming them in repetition, on the other hand showing the small differences of the seismographic painter’s hand.
All together there is a lot to be seen in this exhibition about the combination of thinking and creating, far more than a few photographs can reveal.
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