From 10 October to 7 November, Galerie Fons Welters presents new work by Claire Harvey, Job Koelewijn, Sven Kroner and Gabriel Lester.
An everyday event, an observation or in some cases a classic film noir can all serve as points of departure for Claire Harvey’s subtle and frequently minuscule drawings in oil. In Untitled, Harvey depicts a lone figure keeping his balance with two bags. Surrounded by an indefinable grey expanse, the figure stands out in isolation: deliberately or unconsciously absorbed in his own world.
On the gallery floor, Koelewijn makes sand paintings, geometrical patterns in twelve circles. Below and between the green and blue rings, lines of text from Spinoza’s Ethics can be made out. The specific pattern produces a giddy illusion: the circles move, briefly appear to merge, but never touch. Combined with the penetrating scent of eucalyptus from the sand, they seem to massage Spinoza’s wise utterances into our heads, our being, like a mandala.
A shaft of lightning cleaves the landscape and casts an ominous light over the river. The brooding, blue-grey sky has a threatening look to it, while the river reflects the lightning. Am Rhein is a landscape painting typical of Sven Kroner’s work, in which elements of classical landscape are deployed in a manifestly present-day image. Human figures infiltrate the scene: they are absorbed with ease, and yet a certain tension remains perceptible.
Although Gabriel Lester uses a range of different media, his work achieves unity in the elements of filmic manipulation. This certainly applies to ProMotion, in which this manipulation – scenography in this case – plays a leading role. Under Lester’s direction, light and a conveyor belt suffice to produce a theatrical performance, in which the same scene recurs within a constantly changing perspective.