Florentijn de Boer (1993) works diligently on a rapidly developing and deepening oeuvre. For Big Art she makes a huge installation of six canvases that blend together, that connect with each other. The layered works both have their own story and a common story. By partly placing the canvases in front of each other, the artist literally plays with layering. And with the viewer: she shows, reveals and hides at the same time.
She combines the appearance of the canvas with the layered amorphous forms and creates vivid, energetic, associative, fluid representations full of movement, colors and textures. Hereby the parts of the rough linen that are kept visible, are just as important as the spaces that she paints. Hereby Florentijn uses her hands as a tool to apply both solid and liquid strokes with oil pastels. In this way a new image is formed, a landscape in which the movement is frozen over time.
Her paintings are based on countless refined and detailed black-and-white drawings that depict fragments of (imaginary) reality. She uses these zoomed fragments from other worlds such as magical realism, science fiction films, graphic novels, art books, and poems, which she overlays until new, layered, Illusionary stories emerge. Rich stories that stem from her eternal hunger for knowledge and an eye for details, whereby her brain absorbs, stores and constantly supplements all the knowledge.
Jeroen van Kesteren has a complete different way of working. He shows new imaginative and highly detailed sculptural airships from cardboard, aluminum foil and tracing paper. Delicate materials that have been transformed into robust wings, propellers and steam engines. The wonderful airships remind us of a forgotten world in which once a hopeful glance was cast on a future full of adventure and technical progress, a time when everything seemed possible. The works are part of the steampunk-like series entitled Orphanage for Lost Adventures.
Each object tells his own story and invites you to step inside a forgotten world from an industrial Victorian era. Jeroen creates these worlds by immediately putting his ideas into practice. No complicated preliminary studies, no technical drawings, but free-flow perfection and quiet beauty made out of paper and cardboard.