When I think about time...
Roger Cremers presents, in his second exhibition at AKINCI, new paintings, works on paper, and sculptural works. In the ecclectic collection strong references to memory and our conception of time are made. Cremers interprets the idea of progress from different angles and incorporates private and more iconic images in his work in a quest to grasp the phenomenon called time. With the title ‘When I think about time’, Cremers refers to a quote from Norbert Elias’s "Über die Zeit": "When one doesn’t ask what time is, I know what it is... when one asks, I don’t." This quote somehow condenses the ungraspable aspect of time, the constant duality in our conception of time. Linear yet cyclical, a repetition with endless variations, yet every past moment is gone and is irretrievable. To a certain extend what remains about time are images, both mental and material. But in how far do these images capture it?
In Cremers’ work process he looks for images and tries to enhance his sources by material means of "recreating" them in different media, thus bringing it to contemporary relevance, not only as a personal aesthetical choice, but also as a metaphysical attempt to grasp time and being. The selection of images is based on synchronicities and analogies. The often historical data cross-connects into new story lines. Things or events that have been, but ‘are’ at the same time; personal images that become general and vice versa.
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