But as West’s own professional photographer happened to make pictures at that moment,
it wasn’t a good idea to make pictures myself.
So i had a short look around and
promised to return later.
As it happened, circumstances made it quite some time later.
But happily it was just as interesting as it promised to be when visiting the first time.
The exhibition tries to show, or to make happen the new territory of the mind that evolves when opposites meet and defy each other’s logic.
The stones you see, are lava stones, coming from the depths of Mother Earth, but they are painted with spray paint.
The two big white canvasses in the front room of the gallery, two artificial constructs, ready to be interpreted as something cultural and artistic, were burnt; one of the basic natural ways of destruction.
Something comparable was made to happen with two blue paintings and acid. Strictly speaking these works are neither art nor something natural.
But showing them in a “clean” way in this gallery forces the visitor to a new mindset, or a New Territory.
Where two different logics are combined,
the absurd is never far away
That was already clear in the video with the carpet cleaner, in fact a loop taken from a commercial, and the noise, which doesn’t come from the cleaner.
But in the side room Sonne shows three video’s, two of them with texts only.
It’s Hegel’s dialectics.
But if art turns into philosophy, it is an absurd philosophy.
While in the middle video a perfect sphere falls and breaks into splinters.
Hidden behind a veil is something very different:
a work by Vincent Ganivet.
He made a sculpture for the Grandeur exhibition at the Lange Voorhout and took the opportunity to make a small work for West.
No glue or mortar were used in making this charming little sculpture.
But back to Sonne.
The stones are in all rooms of the gallery and together they are one work (Vulcan).
As such these stones are probably visually his strongest work. Parts of the inner Earth, usually haphazardly strewn about the earth, they are now
carefully arranged in a clean gallery, in a way that they direct your movements in the rooms and determine the way you are looking at the things around you.
It’s New Territory.