Right on the heels of me professing my distain for the all consuming still life (here) I get the opportunity to fall in love with one…. Yep, now eat my words, with some sugar on top cause I am happy to have found myself wrong about an artistic direction when the product of said direction is so beautiful.
See, I went to the Utrecht Art Fair and saw still-life work by both Sasja Wagenaar:
And Anneke Elhorst:
The mood and quality of the objects they present are so alluring, I promptly edit my strong opinion with a qualifier… Still-life work can be absolutely stunning when it does not strive to photo-realism, but stays in the softer realm of life. Elhorst’s bowls beg to be touched… if I saw one on the table in real life I wouldn’t feel so strongly about it as I do when I see it rendered above. If I could reach my hand into this painting, it would come back out feeling like soft fur - like touching a pussy-willow to the hollow of your neck - And Wagenaar… the only way you could approach her table is after a 2 hour massage, swaddled in a rich kimono. It’s utterly decadent.
Still-life can be exciting. There, I said it.
As for the rest of the fair - below is what stimulated me the most, all in pics, artist’s always listed below the work along with notes if I can’t help myself.
Both by Roger Braun, I cannot believe that this work is acrylic…. there must be pencil in the second one… called “Fuck Flappie.” I want to shadow him… and lookie that, he does give classes.
David Begbie, unforgettable work, I have seen it before and my mouth did the same uncontrollable falling-open thing.
Cole Morgan, detail of his work “Fabs-2.” His word and textures were striking - as well as all the open space in his work.
Charlotte Molenkamp - a solid abstract style.
Karel Appel - welcome to Dutch Art History.
and the detail of the REAL butterflies:
Christiaan Lieverse, “Twins” - I am sure the butterflies were dead on arrival, but the dripping of the epoxy off of delicate wings was creepy. His other work on display was on a cow hide, similar to this one - which somehow didn’t bother me - I guess that’s our little societal norms at play; I don’t blink twice at skinning a cow, but kill a butterfly, oh the horror…. yep, double standards for sure. Regardless of this materials, Lieverse’s technique is beautifully precise - it’s too bad that the high gloss on his work showed every dirty finger print left from the installation. Seriously, nothing angers me more than a gallery that doesn’t do the final polish of a show - sorry to call you out, Galerie Mark Peet Visser.
Isabel Miramontes, “Intimidad”
W. Van Veldhuizen, “Oscar’s Dream.” Nope, not my style personally, but I had to include it because it sold for 42.000,00 euro - 60x80 cm… wow, huh? I like that I took the picture a bit crooked.
Henk Fresen, exquisite.
Marian Bijlenga, this is at Gallery 9 here in Amsterdam. At the fair they had a small booth and not a lot of information, but the work I saw there almost made me cry…. their work was perfectly experimental and different - they are now at the top of my list for next Gallery visit.
Francois du Plessis, at Cheifs & Spirits, another great collection of work in their booth. Du Plessis uses books, screws and textiles… I haven’t told my mother yet, I think she’ll be pissed, but what a dynamic library.
And last but not least:
Gerard Redoules, represented by Galerie Blanca Landgraaf - not in Amsterdam, but such a very rich collection of modern art. They also represent Elhorst, which complemented Redoules’ work greatly.
Okay - I am doing the KunstRai this coming Thursday the 16th - email me if you want to go with me at Hi@PetraBenach.com.