Opening with the artist:
Saturday May 13th, 5-8 pm
May 13th – June 24th, 2023
Ten Haaf Projects is pleased to announce “In dialogue with fellow animals”, a
solo show by Gerbrand Volger. The Dutch artist, born in Wormer (1940), has
always considered himself a “biophilic”. That is to say, he believes we are all part
of the animal kingdom, and the title of the show is a tribute to that.
Volger is an artist influenced by the classical tradition of oil painting, but never
wanted to be a part of any artistic movement. During his career, spanning more than 50 years, he has consistently followed his own direction, giving his work
real distinctiveness and timelessness.
In his art, Volger creates a world where fantasy and reality come together in a
new dimension. Although Volger has a pessimistic outlook on mankind, as a true
virtuoso he tries to give hope through his work.
The exhibition is built around the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. All the
pieces in the exhibition depict the moment that Eurydice gets the deadly
snakebite, while on the run from Aristaeus. Gerband Volger made drawings,
paintings and sculptures depicting this exact moment. The artist is often
influenced by mythology; because it tends to touch on subjects all mortals must
confront, such as beauty, life, death and decay.
Gerbrand Volger was educated at the Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. His work can be found in important international private and
institutional collections, including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This is his
first solo show with Ten Haaf Projects.