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Helen Verhoeven

by Andrea Alessi
Helen Verhoeven’s series of large-scale paintings at Galerie Diana Stigter takes its name from Heidegger’s The Origin of the Work of Art in which he describes art as possessing a “thingly character.” The philosopher goes on to tease out the nature and transcendence of this unspecified thinglyness in art, but in Verhoeven’s paintings the meaning of this thingly character (a rather unsettling title) seems quite clear. There is something familiar about these paintings that manages to evade our full recognition. They depict large interior group scenes laden with art historical references,... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 12/7/10
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About Alienation

by Andrea Alessi
      Tjebbe Beekman’s large, tactile paintings, currently showing at Galerie Diana Stigter, exhibit an ambivalent passion for their medium. Shiny, thickly layered paint is contaminated with sand, pieces of yarn, and nails. It is one of the most striking features of his work. In a series of smaller, snapshot sized pieces, acrylic and resin is applied so thickly that it has warped the paper underneath, leaving rectangles resembling melting polaroids or glass. Like most conceptual painters, Beekman makes paintings that are (at least in part) about painting. Thankfully, there is more to them... [more]
Posted by Andrea Alessi on 9/28/09