KYAS ART SALON, Amsterdam
These empty wooden sculptures are hollowed out from one piece of wood. They are delicate sculptures with parts as thin as 1mm, however, keep a strong presence. In the 20th-century quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity greatly changed the concept of time, dimension and existence. Quantum theory within modern physics, closely resembles emptiness and therefore resonates with the philosophy of Buddhism. Our bodies are made out of cells, cells are made out of molecules, molecules made out of atoms and atoms made from quantum. The size and mass of quantum elements cannot be determined with our current understanding of modern physics. We have yet to determine whether quantum is a point or a wavelength. Nevertheless, our bodies, our lives and the world we live in are made out of quantum. Within our bodies, there are inherent memories that are acquired from phylogeny. However, we have not been able to fully analyse the structures and mysteries of our bodies yet. These sculptures question our own existence.
Rinus van Hall
The Fake Surface
The self-portrait is more actual and relevant than it has ever been. With the emergence of the smartphone, social media and new-age photography applications such Snapchat and Instagram the selfie came into being. Self-portraits have for many artists played a role in self-exploration/expression and the search for meaning. With the introduction of filter-based photography, this form of self-expression got a new multi-dimensional but at the same time internationally generic character. The selfie became the fast-food of self-expression and many people don't find meaning in them. With the selfie project, I challenge myself to use these contemporary applications and paint 100 self-portraits in oil on panel. Even though these are self-portraits they are highly recognisable for many people due to the filters and illustrate an aspect of today's life. People often present themselves happier, more beautiful, more cute, or even sadder and uglier than they actually are and use filters to produce a false surface. A lot of people are guided by mainstream imagery and try to fit that profile, resulting in emptiness and meaninglessness. I try to reflect on this contemporary phenomena also in the way these paintings come into being; one painting a day, guided by the feeling of the day and challenging myself to uphold to the fastness of our changing society. The project functions as a creative diary. I hope that my paintings invite people to have a closer look at these forms of contemporary self-expression and the generic way in which we present ourselves to the rest of the world.