Ton van der Laaken and Paul den Hollander are holding an encounter with each other for a period of ten weeks at De Ketelfactory. Midway through the period, the character of the exhibition will change and undergo a second edition. Aside from presentations in the exhibition space, the two artists are developing a program of lectures, encounters and exchanges which provide background information and explain aspects of their artistic approaches. Each of these ‘Distillations’ will focus on one of the artists.
Ton van der Laaken
Ton van der Laaken (Breda, 1952) lives and works in Arnhem and Düsseldorf. His conviction lies with the strength and the need for ‘silence interventions’ in art. Van der Laaken’s spatial installations, photographic works and drawings could be referred to as ‘silence interventions’. These are mental spaces that offer the viewer an opportunity to experience silence. From such a spot, all sorts of decisions can be made. The phenomenon of matter dissolving through light, or that light seems to become material, is a key theme throughout his work. The words of the German physicist David Böhm, who said that all matter is a condensation of light, can be regarded as a guiding principle. Ton van der Laaken’s approach is sooner cyclical and associative than linear and adhering to strict logic. At the Ketelfactory he is showing new objects, drawings, paintings and publications. Into these he often integrates a pre-existing element which allows new connotations and realities to arise.
Paul den Hollander
‘Light, shade and color help me to break through the limits of habitual observation,’ says Paul den Hollander. ‘A quest aimed at making the invisible visible.’ With him photography goes beyond the familiar. Concepts such as space, time and timelessness are inverted in his work. His personal relationship to the immediate surroundings always constitutes the point of departure. At De Ketelfactory Paul den Hollander is showing works that have their source of inspiration in nature. The visitor sees a reality which, whether familiar or not, he will never have seen before in that way.