Welcome to the Buffer Zone
Oil, acrylic on canvas, pannel, Nitrile rubber, objet, sound, video 05:32, 350 x 1000 x 150 cm (dimensions variable) Photo by Jhoeko
@Royal academy of Art, the Hague

Through the curved panoramic three-dimensional painting with objects, I try to turn the exhibition space itself into a buffer zone. Viewers encounter fictionalized characters and restriction signs in the landscapes exploring various boundaries between cultures, life and death, virtual and reality, human and nature.

The painterly installation mesmerises upon entering the space. A large-scale panorama canvas sets the mood with scintillating colors, abstract areas as well as pictorial details and painterly gestures. A soundtrack with birds and a human storyteller emphasize the dreamy realm that the work allures to. Parts of the painting are horizontal and close to the floor, some of it is turned into furniture. A screen, tucked behind curvy lines inside the painting connects to the voice-over, and adds an extra layer of interpretation to the theme of the work - a ‘ welcome to the buffer zone’ collides with ‘the cosmic race’.
Photo by Gert Jan van Rooij
Exhibition view
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands, 1-5 July 2022 Curated by Jo-Lene Ong
Current #10 <Choose Your Own Story> at @marres_maastricht from 17 Dec 2022 until 5 Feb 2023 Curated by Déborah Claire, Erell Hemmer & Zeynep Kubat.

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