Martin Fenne, Stan Klamer


Martin Fenne. Sleepers #5, 2011, satin strips on paper on aluminium, 115 x 195cm 

Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, Netherlands

Textile reliefs and drawings are to the fore in the current exhibition at the Galerie Maurits van de Laar in the Dutch capital. Martin Fenne works with thin strips of the shiny material normally used for edging the lining in clothes, partially overlapping the bands of fabric to lift them from the surface. Recalling the tangibility of 17th-century paintings, Fenne portrays people that are always sleeping on a mattress or just waking up, in what is described as an 'ode to American poet Walt Whitman's poem Sleepers'. Elsewhere, Stan Klamer's interest in water and shipping is directly inspired by the view he has from his Amsterdam studio on the IJ lake. In drawings and watercolours he combines cartography and sea views in metaphorical maps, featuring not only the boats and ships that sail pass his atelier but those seen in the works of artists such as Breughel and Böcklin, which are placed next to each other in a stylised sea. 

 

The gallery, which was established in 1991, places an emphasis on drawings, yet its primary focus is on 'art in which the personal involvment and engagement of the artist emerges.' In addition to Klamer, the gallery also represents Frank van den Broeck, Seekee Chung, Karin van Dam, Marcel van Eeden and Zeger Reyers a.o.

 

Martin Fenne, Stan Klamer

Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, Netherlands

Until 3 February

Martin Fenne. Sleepers #6, 2011, satin strips on paper on aluminium, 100 x 207cm
Stan Klamer. Location Map, 2012, pencil, ink and watercolour on paper, 139 x 196cm