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The long march III
“We see a kind of section from a massive and all but endless row of swaying and wobbling chairs. The reference to the founder of the Chinese Communist Party in the 1920s, Mao Tse-Tung, is evident. Nevertheless such a title also allows thoughts about other large-scale migrations of living creatures. Think of the wildebeest in the African plains, or flows of refugees, escaping from whatever atrocities.” (from Chairs and Titles by Chris Manders in All in the Family, 2016)
Actually, I literally found these schoolchairs on a sunny day somewhere in a gallery. So in my oeuvre this is actually a bit of an outsider because ‘only’ directly more or less made from observation. See also other duets such as Duet II and Duet III and certainly also the Pas de Deux series.
Escher in Oirschot
Made in the first of my two graduation years at the Academy for Visual Education in Tilburg. In the kitchen of (my wife) Sofia’s student house there was such an Oirschot chair. Playing with that chair’s shape, this variant emerged, a trifle with major consequences. I didn’t know at the time that it was called that, but one of the teachers at the academy dropped that name. The combination between in this case a drawing and a title that offers a clue arose then. My sense of language and associative ability join the maker and loose is the bear.
Recently I made Escher in Oirschot II. Very different and yet also very related.