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the bakery: Erik Wessolo - 20 Horsemen
- 24 Oct 2015 to 21 Nov 2015

Current Exhibition

24 Oct 2015 to 21 Nov 2015
tuesday to friday 10 am - 6 pm
saturdays 1 - 6 pm
Laurierstraat 187-189
NL-1016 PL
T: 31 20 3302066
F: 31 20 3302065

Glenn Sorensen, Plant, Goblin, 2013-2015

Artists in this exhibition: Glenn Sorensen, Erik Wesselo


24.10 – 21.11.2015  

Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents Future Houses, the seventh solo exhibition of Glenn Sorensen (1968, Sydney, AU) with the gallery. This presentation brings together fifteen new paintings, a culmination of several years of work. During witch the artist went through a period of progress and his style gained remarkable intensity. These paintings offer the viewer an insight into the artist’s most inner and intimate reception of the world.  

Sorensen paints subjects from his immediate environment: his children and wife, his flowers and plants, the moon in the night sky. Yet these paintings represent a duality: they have a peaceful whilst at the same time disturbing character. This comes about because their subjects carry deeper and mixed meaning and emotions, such as love and intimacy as well as personal worries and struggles.  

Sorensen does not search for his subjects, they present themselves to him of their own accord. With an affectionate eye for his surroundings, Sorensen records his daily reality. The details of that reality inspire him to paint his works, which can rather be described as studies of environment and emotions than as portraits or landscapes. They are expressions of the inner and represent opposites both in form and content, lightness and darkness, day and night.  

Sorensen’s subjects and their meaning evolve endlessly throughout the period of painting, which sometimes takes several years. For example, the paintings 'Boy’ depict the artist’s eldest son and their changing relationship throughout the years. This dynamism is also present in his paintings of plants and flowers, since they perish long before the artistic process is over. At the same time what looks like emptiness in the background, rendered in dark or light colors, contains a deeper essence and plays an important role in the total composition. These ‘color fields’, rich in detail, are equal partners to the plants and people depicted in the foreground. Both create a tangible atmosphere and represent the artist’s, sometimes conflicting, emotions.  

Despite the attention to detail, the paintings of Glenn Sorensen conceal more than they show and allows their meaning to be read by each viewer in a personal way. These works are non-verbal expressions of the most inner and intimate feelings we all share, therefore their meaning is best discovered through longer study and contemplation.  

Glenn Sorensen (1968, Sydney) studied at the Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts (1990) and the City Art Institute, Sydney (1986-88). His work is internationally exhibited. He recently had solo shows at Corvi-Mora, London (2012), Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney (2012), Galleria Raucci, Naples (2011) and The Pump House Gallery, London (2010). He also exhibited with Eva Larsson at Kristianstads Konstall, Sweden (2012). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck (2014), Corvi-Mora, London (2014), Galerie Zink, Berlin (2013) and Galleri Nicolai Warner, Copenhagen (2012). Sorensen’s paintings are included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, the Nordic Watercolour Museum, Skärhamn, Sweden and the Malmö Art Museum, Malmo, Sweden.


24.10 – 21.11.2015  

In the Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents 20 Horsemen (2014) a relatively new work by video-artist and photographer Erik Wesselo, shot in a savanna.  

During the late 1990s the artist returned to one of the oldest themes in art: the landscape. Since then, nature and repetition are the most reappearing elements in both his films and his photography. Wesselo often chooses a melancholic atmosphere that is expressed through images saturated with gloomy colors and soft contours.  

20 Horsemen
was filmed in Lesotho, an African country fully landlocked by South Africa. Here, once again, the landscape plays an important role. At first, there is only an empty savanna surrounded by mountains, then we hear the wind blow with a soft rumble in the distance and a group of twenty horsemen emerge on the horizon and approach thunderously at full gallop. The viewer, along with the cameraman, finds themself in the middle of the full-speed action: just before a possible collision the camera turns 180 degrees and the horses ride on, disappearing into the horizon, leaving the viewer once again in an endless landscape. The piece is shown in a loop.  

This video depicts the inseparable relationship between man and nature, as well as the fragility of human kind. As the horsemen approach us over and over, the viewer wonders each time whether this will be the time that the horses will finally crash into them. This construction of repetition and the fabrication of time in Wesselo’s art evoke a feeling of the tension created by possible events. There is always a sense of possibility, created through this process of repetition.  

For Wesselo, time becomes the thread that is interwoven throughout the entire work, within which a notion of temporality is created by the event itself. Temporality is present in every aspect of human life, and that awareness paired with the experience of time in a theatrical setting is at the core of his artistic practice.  

Erik Wesselo (1964, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL) graduated from de Ateliers in Arnhem in 1995. Since 2014 he lives and works in New York. Wesselo recently had solo exhibitions at the Nederlands Fotomuseum (2011) and this year at Club Solo in Breda, (NL), where his latest film, 20 Horsemen was shown. His work could be viewed in several group exhibitions, including in the Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam (2015), and De Hallen, Haarlem (2011). Furthermore, the artist’s work is included in several mayor international collections.

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