NL=US Art, Rotterdam
Stains and our attempt to ban moulds, fungi and moisture spots from our everyday environment fascinate Lizan Freijsen. Her work is about transformation and decay, based on photographic images of the phenomenon of water stains and a variety of ‘surface covering’ organisms, like mosses and lichen.
This bio-diversity shows the intriguing complexity of life in traces, which transform into visual wall installations. Unique, hand made carpets and blankets for floors and walls are hand tufted and woven in cotton and wool. By turning stains into textiles, Freijsen focuses on these blind spots and visualizes their beauty. Soft materials, organic structures meet the architecture of the gallery, in order to emphasize the necessity and presence of urban nature in our daily environment.
Pim Palsgraaf takes his inspiration from the friction zones and the fringes of the city. Forgotten places where nobody comes; sometimes concealed, waiting for a new destination. It is in those places where culture and nature meet and clash: the areas where erosion and nature have free reign over the once solid and indestructible structure of man and opposites morph into one another.
This process creates, in its very own way, new landscapes and architectural elements: the fragile balance between these two different worlds becomes exposed in an idiosyncratic manner. The works shown are the final results of research about this process. The standing sculptures with the unorganized wild growing cities are based on mycosis (fungi's) structures. The smaller hanging sculptures are comparable to tumors of urban growth. The Multiscape/Mycose series shows the outgrowths of urban architecture. Sometimes Palsgraaf drapes found objects on taxidermy animals to symbolize the juxtaposition of culture and nature. The city seems to overwhelm the animal and bring it to its knees. Palsgraaf’s collages and drawings reveal the clandestine interior of cities. Deserted rooms, damp corridors and ceilings in danger of collapse, show the fragility of urban decline and the natural environment of mankind slowly sinking into oblivion.
Together with his fascination for forgotten places and friction zones, he feels the same for structures, material, (dis) balance and contrast. The dark themes arising in his work could also be interpreted like the Old Master 17th Century Vanitas Paintings, where death, decay and temporary presence on this planet were the main themes. These dark paintings with heavy subject matter are actually meant the opposite. The Vanitas Paintings are a reminder of our short time here on earth.