Window Expo (Marnixstraat 409)
Please note: this event has already taken place
Tom van Veen (1995) uses oil paint to build a bridge between pop culture and the art world. Popular items of clothing are elevated to create icons, floating against deep blue-grey that suggests a distant, dreamlike state or memory. As isolated scenes, the paintings tell stories about the progressive vision of young communities, the value people attach to objects and contemporary icons.
Fascinated by the theatrical aspect of Greek tragedy, Van Veen collects influences and elements from the world around him with a sharp eye. His work could be mistaken for snapshots, while nothing could be further from the truth. Painting with oil paint takes hours. The time-consuming nature of his creative process exists in sharp contrast with the fleetingness of the images: a moving face, blue waves and a floating fisherman's hat.
The new works that can be seen in Unknown Legend emerged from a more intuitive approach. Painting is combined with the video work Helef II, made in collaboration with filmmaker Djoewe Walta and Turkish dance-specialists Turgay Onatli & Selena Onatli. In the work, the layers of the paintings blend into two characters dressed in costumes by Patta & Bonne Suits.
This exhibition is made possible by the Mondriaan Fund.
Melkweg Expo is an exhibition space for contemporary photography and a platform for young artists, located in the heart of Amsterdam. While our main focus lays on photography that explores identity, our society or pop culture in in the broadest sense, we occasionally welcome other forms of visual art as well.