Buildings Blow Your Mind

19 Jan


Ron Mandos Gallery, Prinsengracht, AMSTERDAM

Exhibition Running 14.01.12 – 18.02.12

New year, New Art Openings and I could not resist this opening invite last Saturday for the new exhibition by Rik Smit, at the Ron Mandos Gallery.

Without taking the literal of seeing incredible graphical and architecturally drawn pieces blown up on the page in front of you, the sheer intricate detailing of this work and some of the large-scale pieces do blow you away.

I in fact need to go back and see them again, you can stand there for some time looking at the pieces and you will find something new and exciting in the work the longer you stare at them.

My love for all things comic, graphic and illustrative, sprinkled with some fantasy, makes me have one huge pencil and paper crush on Rik Smit.

Young and old I recommend you go and check out this exhibition, you wont be disappointed.

Bio – From the Ron Mandos site:

We are delighted to present new works from the emerging young Dutch talent Rik Smit. In addition to this we have the great honour of exhibiting unique graphics and other works from Constant Nieuwenhuys.

Rik Smit’s (1982) drawings show the contrast between religion and capitalism, which is cast in an architectural landscape. This landscape depicts the contours of an imaginary city: a city that breathes the human ambition of power and status. Its large-scale buildings remind us of the industrial utopias that prevailed in the human mind, but that failed to shine or provide peace and humanity in the real world. The most prominent facet of this city is perhaps its appearance, from which one can easily perceive its underlying ideology: capitalism.

But this ideology has gained religious proportions. The metropolis shows the self-confidence of a utopia but simultaneously the emptiness of an abandoned ruin.

The overbearing Art Deco skyscrapers stand proud like medieval cathedrals; their decoration recall the rich symbolism of the early Christian art, with all its references to spiritual suppression and revelation. The skyscrapers cast their shadow over desolate and damaged monuments, which represent the lost moral standards and values of humanity. Exchanged for these values is the never-ending spiritual search for capitalist redemption, which provides us with the luxury and convenience of modern day life.

“In my work I try to create a parallel with our modern society in which I believe capitalism has become a religion itself and is even seen to have the capacity to redeem. My drawings present this concept not necessarily to critique but rather to relativise and register a cultural phenomenon in an artistic manner.” Rik Smits

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