We are very pleased to be part of BIG ART again this year, where Galerie Bart will present four artists and their latest work: Cindy Bakker in a collaboration with Marleen Sleeuwits, Wim Jacobs and Eirik Jahnsen. All will present large scale artworks in their own discipline.
Earlier this year, Cindy Bakker and Marleen Sleeuwits were invited to make a big installation on location at Expo Bart in Nijmegen, our second location. Inspired by the history of the Honig factory, the building that houses Bart’s project space, Marleen and Cindy gave free rein to their imagination and shaped the ‘Folly Factory’. A huge interactive installation, in which visitors are invited to drive around pallets with big towers of colourful blocks and balls, to create their own compositions. It perfectly complements the event location of BIG ART as well: the Project.Fabriek, an old munition factory.
A similar colour palette is used by painter Wim Jacobs in his triptych ‘A Sequel to the Present’. His canvases are not densely painted, but instead exhibit a relative emptiness from which expressive forms and colours emerge. As a counterbalance to the carefulness with which he applies details to the canvas, there is an element of spontaneity. ‘I continually question my work, seeking images, building and constructing. I look for a long time, wait before making choices, but occasionally take risks in which strokes of luck and coincidence can play a role.’
Our third exhibited installation, ‘Metamorphosis’, is based on Eirik Jahnsen’s material research and experimentation, wherein he acts as an alchemist in search of the right substance to make unexpected shapes, colours and perspectives. In this way he pushes the possibilities of the material and our perception. The exhibited metal sculptures embody a contrast between strength and fragility, combining the intangible characteristics of light and the physicality of solid objects.