The main focus is on his powerful work Hangan, a series of 21 projected frontal portraits of people holding a card in their hands.
Their faces are lighted and darkened slowly.
There is a contrast in the neutral and identical positioning of the persons and very different faces and (supposed) characters.
It is a more or less meditative piece with appropriate oriental music, so sit down and take your time.
After the rebuilding and refurbishing of the gallery, the gallery keepers are clearly eager to experiment with new forms and disciplines.
A daring and applaudable move.
Some more video works by Arikawa are on show on demand, amongst others Am I dreaming of others, or are others dreaming of me?
A seemingly story telling work, but where the subjects constantly negate a story line.
The mind wants visual logic but cannot get it.
Arikawa’s work is confronted with paintings by Jakob de Jonge. It is clear that the new interior of the gallery also invites to making more daring combinations. When leaving the gallery i also saw these sculptures by Eelke van Willegen which add to the meditative atmosphere.
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