Jurriaan Molenaar, Livingroom, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 120 x 170 cm
The exhibition "Lessness" will show new works by dutch artist Jurriaan Molenaar. At first sight, his paintings show architectural structures, interiors, or faces of conceived buildings. All rooms and environments come along with a certain blankness. There are no people, no properties, nothing that allows the viewer to interpret the scene. As the artist explains his passion for these buildings: "Just like us human beings, a house has a certain character and arouses different feelings and emotions". To create a balance of the inner and the outer, of being open and being closed, and of feeling security or claustrophobia, is what Molenaar is most interested in. In case of the buildings, the bridge from the one stage to the other is represented by the windows. They raise questions of "Who am I?" and "What do I see?". However, Molenaar does not want to answer those questions too precisely, because he thinks that a good painting should hide more than tell.
The title of the show - named after a short story by Samuel Beckett - indicates the absence the artist wants to illustrate, as it is much more interesting to search for information the work does not give, than to find out what it shows. Because you cannot find any decoration that could help characterize the spaces, the viewer has a broad diversity of interpretation.
Kindly supported by:
Kingdom of the Netherlands