By Arthur Stokvis
Opening with the artist:
Saturday March 25th – 5-8 pm
March 25th – May 6th, 2023
Ten Haaf Projects is pleased to announce “Rauch House”, a solo exhibition with
works by Arthur Stokvis.
The exhibition consists of large works on canvas and a
The canvases of Arthur Stokvis are, at first glance, elegant and figurative,
harmonious and balanced. For instance, trees with acorns and branches with oak
leaves in an idyllic landscape. As if one were wandering in a forest: nature in all
her serene beauty.
But upon taking a closer look, there are different layers to the work, and other
images appear. Letters in neon, cartoon figures and symbols of pop culture. Thick
brush strokes in paint and refined pencil drawings come together. These
different kinds of layers have no obvious connection to another, yet they are in
harmony and effective as a whole.
Though, walking through the exhibition, an eerie feeling of a disaster looms.
Everything does not seem as nice as it looks. There is an awareness of the
possibility of an apocalypse.
The title of the show “Rauch House” comes from the “Rauch-House-Song”, by the
band Ton Steine Scherben from 1972, about the conflict between left-wing squat
groups and local police in West Berlin in the 70s.
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Born and raised in Groningen (NL 1981), Stokvis studied at the Royal Academy
of Fine Arts in Ghent (BE). He initiated the travelling exhibition space “Art Bar
Kippy” in 2019. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and institutional
organisations in both Europe and India.