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13 October 2019
Dirk Zoete | Hanging Figures (garden installation) (new clothes), 2019 | colour pencil and pigment on paper, 46 x 32 cm

Dirk Zoete

Hanging Figures (garden installation) (new clothes), 2019
colour pencil and pigment on paper
46 x 32 cm

Dirk Zoete | So Called Human
drawings, spatial work
13 October – 10 November 2019
Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

Dirk Zoete

Camouflage scene 2 (cactus series), 2017-2018
pencil on paper
140 x 100 cm

[from the pressrelease]
The human figures in the work of Dirk Zoete (1969) often have a theatrical appearance, they wear masks or costumes and are usually on a stage-like space. He does not show man literally but rather an archetype or interpretation of the human form, that which we call a human being and recognize as such. In the spatial work they are composed of wood, plaster, metal, textile and wool, dead materials that bring a body to life. Their clothing consists of fabric, pvc tubes and iron stips, the mask-like faces of cast plaster from which woolen threads hang like hair, mustache and beard. They are distant cousins ​​of the suprematistic figures of Kazimir Malevich or Oskar Schlemmer’s ballet dancers. At the same time, Dirk Zoete connects with much older traditions of rituals, parades and the carnivalesque in which people adorn themselves with costumes and masks to defy reality.

In the exhibition the visitor has to pass through seven of these figures that hang from the ceiling in the front space of the gallery. In the back room on the central wall is a constellation of masks, images and drawings as you could find Dirk Zoete’s studio. On the other walls large and smaller drawings are shown in which human figures appear in one form or another. As stylized actors or dancers on stage, small pawns in a village or landscape or as decoration captured within the contours of a vase.

Dirk Zoete

Setting with figure and landscape, background 4 (hanging figure), 2019
pencil on paper
102 x 72 cm

8 February 2018

Marcel van Eeden

untitled, 2018
nero pencil and coloured pencil on paper
28 x 38 cm

Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen | Art Rotterdam 2018
Drawings by: Javier Calleja, Gregory Forstner, Dirk Zoete, Marcel van Eeden, and Klaas Rommelaere, Tom Callemin and Paul Kooiker
8 February – 11 February 2018

Dirk Zoete | Moving Horse (5), 2015 | pencil on paper, 55 x 73 cm | drawings

Dirk Zoete

Moving Horse (5), 2015
pencil on paper
55 x 73 cm

Marcel van Eeden

untitled, 2018
nero pencil and coloured pencil on paper
19 x 28 cm

Gregory Forstner

Poupée (1), 2018
charcoal on paper
127 x 96,5 cm

Javier Calleja

Thunder Boy, 2017
watercolor, pencil on paper
29 x 22 cm

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