Marijke van Warmerdam "Haru"

Taka Ishii Gallery

poster for Marijke van Warmerdam "Haru"

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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce our first exhibition with Amsterdam based Marijke van Warmerdam. Van Warmerdam is particularly well known for her film loops, which radiate a crystal clear simplicity. In her recent work “Face to face”, a group of macaws circle round a tree, which appears to exert a strong force of attraction on the birds. The tree trunk has an anthropoid face. Could that be the reason for all the excitement? One might believe it is, particularly when one of the macaws goes and sits on the ‘chin’ of the tree and looks straight into the tree trunk’s eyes. But is it true?

Besides this film loop Van Warmerdam will present a series of paintings based upon film stills printed on canvas. Her film loops are characterized by visual reduction, velocity, repetition and simplicity, and these characteristic elements can also be found in these paintings.

In her film stills on canvas one can see sprigs moving so fast that the flowers have become mere streaks, almost as if someone picked up a brush and smeared the blossoms. And why not reproduce by the painter’s hand that frozen moment in film and grab a brush or a piece of wood and get to work? And so the artist began to make a reverse painting with a bucket and broom of what was already present; a frozen moment.

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From 2012-02-25 To 2012-03-24

Opening Reception on 2012-02-25 from 18:00 to 20:00

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