Afsluitdijk


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Afsluitdijk
2015
Acrylic on canvas 110 x 110 cm
Following the visit to the Fries Museum Leeuwarden and Museum Belvédère Heerenveen. The Fries museum in Leeuwarden is a new museum. On the third floor is contemporary art. The theme is horizons and there are two photographic exhibitions. The horizon painted by Robert Zandvliet in 1998 is used in the brochure and on the website. There is one where you see a shower coming across. A dark blue rainstorm curving over an undulating green landscape below, and in a broad stretch of acrylic paint applied with a pallet knife, light slanting cleanly over the entire length of the painting. The painting is perhaps three meters wide. Gerrit Benner also paints waves and I can see horizons by Gerhard Richter and Roni Horn (End of the Rainbow), smooth lines. Photographer Kadir van Lohuizen captured fishery. This is about the fishermen on the Friesian mudflats.
  The Oranjewoud estate is near Heerenveen and the Museum Belvédère, which calls itself the museum for modern and contemporary art in Friesland. The museum displays modern and contemporary art, mostly landscapes, and especially Frisian. The theme of the exhibition, as if it could be anything else, is the mudflats. Artists who improvise with wind, water and mudflats. I take time to stare at the horizons, which are also represented here. I stroll past the paintings, some names I know. Then I stand still again for a while. That one looks nice. tranquil . I want to walkon. But who was that? Kees van de Wal (1967). I had walked past it because it is a very familiar name to me. Kees’s work, he has been painting for about eight years, fits in well with the Frisian museums, both with the horizons and the wind, water and mud-flats exhibition. After visiting the museum I go over the dam. There I see an abstract painting of unprecedented vastness. A line pattern that fades to a point composed of areas in various shades of green, grey, blue, black and white. You are sucked towards the centre of the blue green star. Perspective. The salt water on the right, behind the dyke, the IJsselmeer’s fresh water on the left. Maybe I should pay Kees van de Wal a studio visit. A  working visit, to paint.
Photo 2: exhibition Horizons at Fries Museum
Photo 3: Kees van de Wal, no title, 2010 Museum Bevédère