Oh! When love is gone, where does it go?
Heden – Den haag, NL
October 29 – December 10 , 2016
The title ‘Oh! When love is gone, where does it go?’ comes from a lyric from the band Arcade Fire and is about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus may guide his beloved Eurydice out of the underworld, but on one condition: she must walk behind him and he must not look back at her. As they walk, his doubts grow: is she really still there? When his self-control finally collapses, he turns around and finds they were indeed together, but alas: just up to the moment he looked. In retrospect, ignorance was bliss.
’Visual motifs recur, sometimes in the same context or even as a duplicate – for example in the work “Incredulity” (2013), where a digital drawing functions as a slightly altered double, next to a painting of the same scene, executed in oil on canvas. The repetition of motives that spans the body of work include the empty background, the lamp, the eye, the hand, and the ink-loaded brush or pen. A predominant motive is that of the canvas / picture-frame. Many paintings behave like nested dolls: their content seems self-aware of being a painting, and thus depicts itself within itself. This happens both formally, by playing with grids and frames-within-frames as a structuring device, and narratively, by depicting human-like canvasses that are engrossed in cartoonesque scenes.