October 7 – November 24, 2007
CBK -Apeldoorn (NL)
Participants: Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers, Hans Ensink op Kemna
Beekpark 28 in Apeldoorn invited painter Kees Koomen to create an installation in the CBK together with the collective EX-MÊKH. They decided this on the basis of documentation of EX-MÊKH’s project space in the DCR building. The past year EX-MÊKH created several exhibition-models, especially designed for specific venues. These models were applied as installations in these spaces, taking into account the specific nature of each place and the public it attracts. Literature strongly influences Koomen’s painting. After working in a more or less anecdotical manner abstraction has recently started to creep into his work. This introduces a conceptual element into his work .
Hans Ensink op Kemna is an artist whose mentality will make you respect him. The work of this painter is rigid, but when you look at it with patience the work will appear to be extremely forceful. In a precise way the artist gains result from the used motives. The paintings are abstract: they study modernism, weighing form and color against each other. Ensink op Kemna also builds installations. These are especially constructed for certain spaces chosen by the artist for its light, its atmosphere or its history. They modify their surroundings and they are meant as three-dimensional antagonists of his paintings.
Ellen Rodenberg also paints, but her work is more baroque than Ensink op Kemna’s art. She systemizes her work by applying a selection of motives which she freely uses to make paintings. These paintings are colorful and radiate an enormous energy. She also uses the before-mentioned motives in photo-collages and in spatial images which be changed every hour. It is a way of material thinking which connects and is fed by her philosophic interests.
Last but not least, Maarten Schepers is a sculptor who enjoyed a classical sculptural education. Nowadays he also uses modern materials like steel or glass wool. Next to this more conceptual activities also interest him. Judging and using material three-dimensional spaces or social spaces, makes him feel challenged to bring such spaces to life. That nature can frustrate culturally defined spaces, but that it can also strengthen them is a theme that I often recognize in his work.