Exhibition — Interdisciplinair

Z O O M – ricardo van eyk, benjamin roth, han schuil, frank nitschezoo

2 September up to 8 October 2022
→ Galerie Onrust
Planciusstraat 7
1013 MD Amsterdam
  • Thursday 13:00—18:00
  • Friday 13:00—18:00
  • Saturday 13:00—18:00
  • Sunday 13:00—18:00
Open on Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

03 onrust 2022 08 066 panorama klein

Greenhouses: the Westland area is full of them. Smart modular building systems that extend, grid by grid, with Dutch exports in the form of tomatoes and cucumbers under their classic shed roofs. For ZOOM, from 3 September to 8 October at Galerie Onrust, Ricardo van Eyk has based his space-filling installation CIVIL II on such a greenhouse, but the tomatoes and cucumbers have made way for art. His work hangs in and around it, alongside the work of Frank Nitsche, Benjamin Roth and Han Schuil, as if coming to fruition here, in the ideal light and climate conditions. But this greenhouse, with its repeating lines and surfaces, can also be interpreted as a painterly intervention – Van Eykdoes, after all, consider himself a painter. So, you see an installation in which he generates direction, space, vistas and layers. A work that balances on the line between painting and architecture, sharpening the focus on the works of Nitsche, Roth and Schuil and connecting them to one another. CIVIL II emphasises the architectural associations in Nitsche’s paintings, the spatial effect in the work of Schuil and the fact that Roth creates his painterly illusions with plasterboard and screws from the hardware store. This makes ZOOM an exhibition that raises questions about painting and building and about reality and illusion.

The blurred boundaries between painting and architecture – or perhaps ‘the art of construction’ might be a better term here – and between reality and illusion move crisscross throughout the exhibition. For example, like Van Eyk, Roth ‘paints’ with a drill, circular saw and sander, exploring the hardware of a painting: the frame, the canvas, plaster and screws. You are seduced by delicate, paper-thin lines in green and cadmium yellow, which move across a soft-grey cloudy surface. Tranquil, like rippling grass on a warm summer’s day. The notion that Roth set about a fresh piece of plaster with an angle grinder to create this effect, or that it is even plaster at all, with angle beads as a frame, seems almost beyond belief.

ZOOM shows clearly what captures an artist’s eye: the grid…