In The On-Offs: Hans de Wit at De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, 13th January - 3rd March

8 January 2013

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'the is-field' 2012, 21 wax elements, each 15 x 15 x 8cm approx

About ten years ago Hans de Wit (Eindhoven, 1952) abandoned painting and began to focus on drawing. Since then he has been producing drawings, in charcoal and pastel, that can rival a substantial painting in terms of size. Aside from six of these works, De Wit's exhibition in the project space includes a number of preparatory studies in which he experiments with the possibilities of his instruments and materials....While cycling from Maastricht to Li├Ęge, in the mooring posts along the Quai de Caster he discerned the human form that he had been seeking. They stood there in a row like motionless and anonymous guards, submerged to their shoulders in the ground, gazing at the water. The same mooring-post shape was the point of departure for a number of wax models that are being shown for the first time in this exhibition. One of them has, in front of its face, a megaphone which directs and defines the line of sight. Unbiased and careful observation is one thing, but contemplating that which is observed is another....You can read the whole press release here.





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