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


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.


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


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