Exhibitions01 06 2019 — 27 07 2019
ALEXANDER BLANK Panorama
Even though the sun is the source of all life on earth, that doesn't imply that life is only sunny... Even the most talented artists sometime have the need for some distance, introspection, repositioning. After nearly four years Alexander Blank decided it was time to take up the reins once more.
Last year, when looking into his own children drawings, he was struck by their rough directness and energy. Particularly his suns fascinated him: nothing like the familiar icon often found on screens and phones, but with an expression that was dynamic, sometimes headstrong, but anyway surprising. In his jewellery Blank always reigns supreme in manipulating the connotations of emoji, logo's and pictograms - his Smiley is the ultimate case in point. The spark Blank needed to devote himself again to jewellery, didn't come this time from our present day pictorial language, but originated in his own, youthful outlook on the world.
He took ultra hard, resin-based material and worked it with a saw at an 45º angle to achieve an effect that did justice to a brash, child's imagery. Next to his own drawings he also used some of the children of his friends. Making such sketches himself, as a grown-up, was a hopeless venture, a life filled with education and experience proofed to be too high a hurdle. Blank made a group of sun-brooches. They are, in their own right, just as powerful and associative as the drawings, yet no longer a radiant golden hue. They are all executed in subdued grey colours: not representing the illusions of a small boy, but the many shades of the clouds which so often cover up the sun. Once worn as a brooch, they speak - sometimes deliberately, sometimes accidentally - about the owner, in addition they provide a mirror to the person he or she is going to meet.
(© Galerie Rob Koudijs)