La la la human steps
3 dimensional (detail)
In response to the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. I received an invitation for the opening of the exhibition entitled La La La Human Steps in the Boijmans van Beuningen. It is in the evening, and busy in the cloakroom. Upon entering I see the original photograph from the poster of the exhibition. It is from 1996, a heavily made-up little girl, Kirsten Star by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. A text on the wall says that man is irresistibly attracted by what he detests, such as death, violence and sexuality, forbidden taboos and barbarism. The conflicting feelings of lust and disgust are close together. The exhibition is a veritable playground. La La La Human Steps consists mainly of films, conceptual art and photography. In the middle of the hall a black and white movie by Jeroen Eisinga is being projected. Jeroen is covered all over with bees to the tip of his nose. A dark amorphous mass of bees is moving and growing; severity and self-deprecating in one long shot. Because what is it about? Wim T Schippers, who is seen as a conceptual artist, was irritated by that question. He stated as an example the 'what is it about ', compared to a piece of music. It does not have to be about anything. This exhibition is about extremes.
I am standing before a concrete frame on a pedestal. There is no window or glass anymore. The 1992 concrete work is from an old building. The reinforced steel comes out of the sides, and here and there are crumbled edges. It is by the German Isa Genzken (1948). Just a haven in the hectic exhibition.
Back in my studio I put the ingredients together. A primitive concrete block is the first thought. Then stabbing things out, like a tap. You have to know how to approach people. Therefore this is the handle, the door handle. But you never know which doors may be opened or closed, which is why there are the door locks, symbols for interpersonal relationships. That block is on a pedestal. I pull open some tins. Eyes and mouth are locked up, hands stabbing. I also leave tins shut. With genitals? A connection, a link that may lead to the heart. That man, who is locked in? Is it one person or are there more? Does his brain come out of the tap? You do not know. Visual arts such as here in the Boijmans present a choice. Art is as human as emotion. Horrible or funny, fascinating or dreary. Choices are made under the influence of emotion. A large playground. La la la, Human Steps.
Photo 2: Boijmans Van Beuningen, La La La Human steps; films.
Photo 3: Inez van lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Kirsten Star 1996, Detail