SAVE, 2006
SAINTE VICTOIRE #1, Concepts Towards Abstraction

Location: Safe, Dalfsen - 29-01-06 till 11-03-06

Gracia Khouw and Sonia Rijnhout, wallpaintings in an underground bombproof shelter
Curator: Jasper van der Graaf

 

LINK to Safe archives
About this project: press release in Dutch / persbericht in het Nederlands

SAFE1, wallpainting at SAINTE VICTOIRE #1/ acrylic on wall / 254 x 534 cm / 2006

 

 

 


SAFE 2, wallpainting at SAINTE VICTOIRE #1/ acrylic on wall / 248 x 436 cm / 2006

ABOUT 'SAFE'

Safe is an artists’ initiative located in a former bomb shelter, under the Dalfsen town hall. Once underground, drawn one way or another through structural cement corridors and vast empty rooms it was easy to loose all sense of direction. My initial thoughts were that the piece would help you orientate yourself. I started by stripping the alphabet of all its’ elements leading you to ‘walk in circles’ so to speak, those I found useless in such a situation until only the letters A, K, M, V, W, Y, Z were left. In turn, I employed them as arrows pointing the viewer in different directions. Numb and soundless these letters became signs that toyed with ones capacity to distinguish depth in flatness. Both hectic and calming SAFE 1+2 in a strange way rekindled the 80’s dynamic of why the bunker was built in the first place.

 

SAINTE VICTOIRE #1, exhibition view of works by Gracia Khouw and Sonia Rijnhout

 

‘SAINTE VICTOIRE’ was a series of four exhibitions exploring the journey into abstraction by last century artists and in particular to Paul Cezanne. The title refers to the mountain in his now famed series of paintings, ‘SAINTE VICTOIRE’. For each exhibition Jasper van der Graaf, coupled two artist’s dealing analytically with the world beneath the surface. Alongside my wall paintings for ‘SAINTE VICTOIRE #1’ Sonia Rijnhout had been invited and hung an experimental presentation of her paintings.


 

SAINTE VICTOIRE #1, exhibition view of works by Gracia Khouw and Sonia Rijnhout