Mark van Overeem, A Wish in Return; GEM, The Hague

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It is a splendid idea to give Mark van Overeem a solo show in the GEM. Van Overeem’s works of the last years are very explorative and it was about time to bring some works together.

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Part of the exhibition is the installation A Wish in Return, specially made by Van Overeem for the basement of the gallery.

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The installation is based on Van Overeem’s experiences in Israel with the wall that separates Israeli claimed territory from Palestine.

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GEM provides the visitor with a grey blanket and a flashlight to explore the installation, which i did.

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Within the framework of a dark park along concrete walls Van Overeem confronts you with his games of projection, reflection, duplication and false and real shadows.

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He plays more or less the same kind of games in the rooms of the gallery’s ground floor.

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You may constantly ask yourself the question, is this real?

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And if something is not real, why isn’t it, or why shouldn’t it be real?

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What is the definition of something real?

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What makes a photographic image more real than a photo-like painting?

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What is the reality of perspective?

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Well, it is Plato all over again, i guess, but with different outcomes.

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Altogether it is a very enjoyable exhibition, showing the works of an artist who is a strong visual thinker in the first place.

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[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

Bertus Pieters

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