Zurich - 28 March 2013 - 4 May 2013
Anouk Griffioen - Visible in the background
HAUSERGALLERY is delighted to announce the first exhibition "Visible in the background" of Anouk Griffioen in Switzerland.
"Art does not reproduce the visible but makes things visible." (Paul Klee)
When we enter a room of artworks by Anouk Griffioen we find ourselves surrounded by colossal people, hybrid beings and shadows. The auras of these works can be frightening, strange and confusing, but they also arouse the viewer's curiosity about the inner beings inside her creations. Her lifelike method of depiction lends them great expressivity. Griffioen amalgamates reality and imagination; flora and fauna merge seamlessly into one another, thus forming surrealistic dream worlds. Griffioen is capable of committing the invisible and unreal to paper, all the while making it seem like reality to the observer.
The great depth, complexity and attraction of her artworks are illustrated and enhanced by the effect of her black-and-white charcoal and pencil drawings. For these, she uses formats that range from life-sized to monumental, which underscore the effect and forcefulness of her works.
Her inspiration and imaginativeness derive from small, everyday things and from the imagined worlds of her children. Like "Alice in Wonderland", she pitches us into a dimension where the laws of nature no longer hold good and where our imagination knows no bounds. In this way she expands our field of experience using something special and wondrous. Every work in her oeuvre possesses an extraordinary power of attraction, which the viewer finds it hard to escape.
Text: Graziella Kuhn
Anouk Griffioen (*1979) lives and works in Rotterdam. She studied from 1998-2002 at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and from 2004-2006 Art History at the University Leiden. From 2002-2005 she teached Art and Photography at the Willem de Kooning Akademy. 2002 she received a Grant from the Fonds BKVB Amsterdam and 2010 from the Photography and Drawing Project CBK Rotterdam. Her work has been widely exhibited in national and international solo and group shows.