PULSE ART FAIR CELEBRATES 15 YEARS IN MIAMI
Rademakers Gallery is celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of Pulse Art Fair Miami by presenting three exceptional female artists: two young and emerging talents: Florentijn de Boer and Joana Schneider, as well as established artist Marjolein Mandersloot. These three female artists have something essential in common:
they like to play with tactility, textures, colors and materials. The participation of Rademakers Gallery in Pulse Art Fair Miami was made possible by the Mondriaan Fund; the public incentive fund for the visual arts and cultural heritage.
The work of Florentijn de Boer is becoming ever more narrative and layered. The six paintings she will be showing during Pulse Art Fair Miami are compositions made of countless refined and detailed black-and-white drawings that depict fragments of an - imaginary - reality.
In paintings with an equally narrative title, such as Floating in amost speculative way and Vermilion at stake, transformations of human and animal, mythical figures and landscape-like elements, play a role, but the strength of these artworks is that they offer freedom to associate and interpret. Because we never get a full grasp of it, the canvases continue to fascinate.
Florentijn uses her hands as a tool to apply both solid and liquid strokes with oil pastels to the rough linen that is deliberately kept visible on various spots. Florentijn also plays with the perspective of the spectator who becomes aware of other things from a distance than from closeby.
For her new artworks Joana Schneider was inspired by Mexican altars as you can find during Eldia de los muertos (Day of the dead) on the first and second of November. Tables with paper rugs, flowers, food and drinks, are an exuberant colorful ode to the beloved deceased.
The execution, textures, patterns, and bright-colored flowershapes are reflected in "Mantis”. The construction is literally more open and organic than we know from her colorful masks made with fishingropes of recycled polypropylene and yarns of recycled PET bottles from the Dutch port of Katwijk.
Her new artworks: Mantis, My friend inside and Soft Core also show traces of their previous life in the sea; the rough weathered rope and the nets carry traces of usage and oil, and are characterized by a powerfull expression. Mantis even evokes associations with the exuberant exotic nature, with insects with cuddly furs and shiny eyes in the brightest contrasting colors.
Marjolijn Mandersloot also plays with textures, colors and materials. Another similarity with Joana Schneider and Florentijn de Boer, are her hybrid figures; animal figures who display recognizable human, almost touching features. With leather, wool felt and bronze, she creates animals with an acting talent. Postures and material expression create unique personalities that touch the spectator.
The artist deliberately omits details, sometimes creating unrealistic proportions and colors or a dented appearance, causing a pleasant confusion. Ambiguity in that recognisability invites the viewer to observe in a different way, to explore the boundaries between imagination and reality. Do we see what we think we see?
Many sculptures resemble liquid wax, soft rubber or wood, like the bears in Log-in. But the appearances are deceiving: the sculptures are made of heavy bronze. During Pulse Miami, Log-in is shown together with Going Out, an extremely large children's candy necklace made of wool felt. It is the surprising tactility that gives Mandersloots artworks their spell and attraction.