In response to the Noord-Brabants Museum: Abstract I
I was born and raised in ’s-Hertogenbosch, which is why we are beginning at the Noord-Brabants Museum. In the garden there are aluminium cow sculptures by Guido Geelen, which have round cut-out holes. On the upper floor is a special exhibition entitled: ‘The story of the province of Brabant’. It reminds me of my youth. There are many abstract works in the museum by artists such as Johan Claassen, and also Guido Geelen’s open-block ceramics
I allow this amount of work to pass into my thoughts and wonder if there is a basis for a response in the form of a new sculpture. Actually the first idea, the first impulse is to produce an abstract work.
In the exhibition entitled ‘The story of Brabant’, I recognize many things about the places I have visited, together with fashion from the 60’s and 70’s, the style of the interiors and street life. I also rode a moped like the one in the film, with the recognisable cylinder heads.
I put my memories together and abstract it. Is this non-figurative art? I see a little DAF-car, old photos and black-and-white footage from the film and the cooling fins of a moped’s cylinder head. I emptied my first bottle of beer in 's-Hertogenbosch, and it is all here in this sculpture.
Photo 2: Noord-Brabants Museum forecourt
Photo 3: Abstract sculptures by Johan Claassen (front) and Guido Geelen.