Explorations of Time and Space

Sarah Mei Herman, Satijn Panyigay, Jaya Pelupessy

May 28 - June 20
Open on Wed. - Sat. from 12 - 6 pm.

While we are being hauled out from our hectic life and exposed to a world of solitude, silence and patience instead, we have a moment to slow down, step back from our daily routines and rediscover the notion of movement through space and time – the matters which we were increasingly alienated and dislocated from in the contemporary world. What effect will this change have on our lives in a few months or over a year? We don’t know yet. We can only presume.

In this exhibition, the artists Marjolein Blom, Sarah Mei Herman, Satijn Panyigay and Jaya Pelupessy reflect on the notion of time and space. Each of them has a different approach: from philosophical to social, from investigative to personal.

Marjolein Blom, Thales #7 from the series A Monkey Peeled An Onion, 2019.  UV-print on textile, mounted with nails, 130 x 100 cm. Edition 5 + 2 AP

Marjolein Blom has researched the concept of the vacuum by examining philosophical and scientific theories about the idea of nothingness, the matter itself and elementary particles. A Monkey Peeled An Onion is a work about the elusive nature of ‘nothing’. Not aiming to give answers but, to the contrary, to bring a playful ode to the act of searching. Even when possibly nothing will be found.

Sarah Mei Herman, Dormitory, Xiamen, 2015. Analog color c-print, framed, 30 x 36 cm. Edition 5 + 2 AP

Sarah Mei Herman‘s project Touch is primarily dealing with the intimate relationships between young adults in Xiamen, China. The photographs were taken at the university campus of the city of Xiamen, in the female dormitory. In this show, she exhibits several works that deal with the intimacy of space. She captured the closeness and intimacy of the space where the girls were living together, sharing most of their amenities. During these encounters, Herman attempted to touch upon the intimate moments of proximity between her and her subject.

Satijn Panyigay, Afterglow 02, 2019. Inkjet print, matte acrylic front, black wooden box frame (museum glass optional), 30 x 42,5 cm /42,5 x 60 cm / 60 x 85 cm. Total edition: 6 + 2 AP

Satijn Panyigay captures silence in abandoned spaces and brings the present and the absent together. Panyigay’s images depict a filled void, a lack of something that should normally be there. She is trying to seize the essence of these spaces, as well as to provide enough space for the viewers to experience their own thoughts and associations. The empty space serves as a “canvas” for our own ideas.

Jaya Pelupessy, Color Test #36 – 52 from ‘Traces of the Familiar’ with Felix van Dam, 2018. 16 Screenprints on plexiglas, mounted in a lightbox, 31 x 86 cm

The main focus of Jaya Pelupessy‘s work is an investigation into reproduction processes — he is trying to slow down our visual consumption by re-evaluating image-making techniques and assigning them to the new hybrid forms. Pelupessy’s work is partly a response to the overabundance of images in contemporary culture, as well as an attempt to lay emphasis on the construction of these images. His collaborative project Traces of the Familiar, co-created with Felix van Dam, is a playful investigation into what photography is and into the physical form which it was originally presented in.