OPENING/FRIDAY 10th FEBRUARI/17:00/BuroRotterdam
COLLECTIE IMAGINAIRE / Anouk Griffioen
11/02 - 26/02/2012
Location: BuroRotterdam, Keileweg 26, Rotterdam (NL)
Collectie Imaginaire by Anouk Griffioen
Collectie Imaginaire is part of a series ofexhibitions commissioned by the society for artists ‘Arti et Amicitiae’ inAmsterdam. Within this series, younger artists (under 35 years of age) are askedto compose their own art collection. They are given the opportunity to showartwork that they dream of owning. Hence the name Collectie Imaginaire(Collection Imaginaire). In December 2011, artist Anouk Griffioen showed herdesired art collection at Arti et Amicitae in Amsterdam. She collected 30beautiful art pieces from the artists she admires.
Whilst meeting the artists, Anouk was more than impressed by theircandour and strength with which they represented their work. It inspired her tofeature them all in a new series of drawings, a project portraying the artistsas the Collectie Imaginaire of Anouk Griffioen.
The new project started by visiting all theartists in their studios and making pictures during the conversations. Afterher visits she made a drawing of the artist and their work using her photos asa starting point.
The figures in her drawings are proud but thelarge size to which Griffioen blows them up gives them a certain vulnerability.The cool, strong expressions turn to a lost glance. With a combination of thickblack lines and thin contours of grey hues Anouk puts her figures on paper. Theblack charcoal gives the portraits strength and the glamorous graphite glowenhances their photographic character. Their faces hide more and more behindthe material or disappear entirely. They blend into the background becoming onewith their work or living space. The portraits represent an armour with whichAnouk shows us who they truly are.
Anouk Griffioen on the ‘Collectie Imaginaire’:“Collectie Imaginaire stands for a selection of works by different artists Iadmire and who inspire me. A portrait is confronting, naked and fragile. Thedrawings I have made don’t show the 23 artists up front, but blend into theirbackground or turning their back to the viewer. The way they stand up, hidetheir hands, look away and showing their work to me is what makes myportraits.