Magazine article Artforum International

Arjanne Van der Spek

Magazine article Artforum International

Arjanne Van der Spek

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GALERIE FONS WELTERS

Arjanne van der Spek's sculptures establish a subtle dialogue between the amorphous qualities of their material and the precise structuring of their elements. Un deux eins zwei hikkel pikkel, 1992, consists of four seemingly unfinished cement arcs at hip-level. Through the transparent base, the arcs seem to float. Polyester stones cast from a real stone--which stands in front of the arcs--are etched with the work's title. Embodying the ability to outlast time, the original stone presents a sharp contrast to the almost weightless imitations. While the arcs appear uniform, their surfaces are, in fact, individually worked. Thus, there is a dichotomy between the order suggested by their uniformity and the disorder of their seemingly accidental construction.

Through the materials she uses and the way in which she uses them, van der Spek's sculptures seem unfinished. There are no highly polished surfaces or shining parts, only raw surfaces in which one can see traces of the process of fabrication. …

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