and fiber-glass, polyethylene, aluminum wire
x 240 cm
My first thought for this blog was:
Eva Hesse, I have a soft spot for her since long ago. On the Internet I found
an image that hit me like a bomb, because I had adored it so much before, and
now, after forgetting it for almost 10 years, I rediscovered it, or rather I
felt it again. Because it's crazy how such a work has become a piece of your
DNA. I had not thought about it for such a long time, but when I saw it now: WOW.
It also reminded me of
a recent installation that I made for CCMechelen: Irreligionair ...
Looking at the paintings of
Caspar David Friedrich I see atmosphere and structure. The Monk by the Sea (Der
Mönch am Meer 1808-1810) is probably his most radical piece of work. This
painting shows an overwhelming emptiness with the weight of the whole cosmos.
More than just a landscape it shows nature in its most comprehensive form.
Nature and its experience by the lonely figure in the foreground, of whom I
can’t really tell whether he’s a part of it or not.
Although it’s known that
Friedrich painted his images rather quick and accurate after looking a long
time at the empty canvas, in this picture you can still see the traces of two
small fishing boats in the horizon which were eventually painted over. With
this correction he brings pure abstraction suddenly very close by.
For myself the works of
Friedrich were one of the reasons to focus on landscape drawings. The one shown
here is the first of a series of drawings in large format. In this drawing
there’s a lot of trial and error, several systems are visible next to each
other. The only part uncorrected is the foreground which is, just like you see
often in Friedrich’s paintings, clearly distinct from the background. Yet
together they produce the landscape.