10 April – 21 June 2009
Vleeshal Zusterstraat (Map)
Curator: Lorenzo Benedetti
While De Vleeshal features Katinka Bock’s exploration of its particular landscape, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal presents Dutch painter Dave Meijer’s (Souburg, 1955) pictorial idiom for the latter environment.
The exhibition De einder. En dan de hoek om. (The Horizon. And then around the Corner.) comprises two series of paintings that form points of reference to what Meijer conceives of as the symbolic landscape of De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal’s exhibition space.
The horizon features prominently in Meijer’s paintings. In this, his work echoes Dutch landscape painting tradition, in which the horizon is often lowered to emphasize the cloud formations, the light and the flatness typical of the Low Countries. As in most of his work, the projects presented in De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal – Ergens onder een dak onder de blauwe lucht (Somewhere under a roof under the blue sky (2009) and Hetzelfde nog een keer maar dan anders (The same again, but now different (2009) – are painted as series. Both consist of a multitude of small, complexly layered, abstract works. Hung in constellation, however, the series each form a whole.
Meijer presents his series in combination with their packing cases. These represent his studio that, to him, in being “small and confined” is “large and transparent” (Dave Meijer, cited by Janneke Wesseling in AMC Magazine, 2006).