HIDDE VAN SEGGELEN proudly presents Saturate, a solo exhibition with works by Dutch artist and filmmaker Carina Ellemers. This will be Ellemers’s first solo exhibition in Germany.
The work of Carina Ellemers (1965) is about assembling and arranging. Her canvasses refer not only to abstract art and minimalism, but also to everyday life through the examination of the sensuality of fabrics. During her period at the Rijksakademie, where she studied from 1989 to 1991, she became fascinated by the vulnerable beauty of the blank, virgin canvas. With found fabrics from all over the world, from tea towel to velvet, she plays an intricate game with light and shadow, horizontals, and verticals, with open and closed parts. Most of the canvasses have been stretched with household towels and other basic textiles. The simple, geometric shapes in her paintings can be interpreted in many ways, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Ellemers’s work can be understood in relation to the late artist Blinky Palermo, whose strict minimal cloth paintings from the 60th and 70s are also considered as a meditation on the nature of perception and the relationship between art and reality.
In a recent interview Ellemers says: “My towels, dusters or whatever else refer to the ‘non-special’, the mundane that you would walk by, weariness that evokes as a reaction: ‘it can go’. The everydayness – the nothingness of it- interests me. Within this I find and point out the exceptional. It doesn’t take much to see beauty. This may come to you as an understanding of reality, a gentle insight because it does not go against the natural course.”
Excerpt from a text by Mark Kremer, 2023.
Saturate will include earlier and more recent works, including Gap and stripes, 2020.
Please join us for the preview on Thursday 14 September from 6 pm onwards. The artist will be present.
The exhibition will be on view until 28 October 2023.
For further information and availability of works, please contact the gallery on firstname.lastname@example.org.