Exhibitions — September 11, 2020

Margaret Lansink at Droog

ONWARD&UPWARD — Art in the Garden of Life

02.10.20 – 17.01.21

Collages of Margaret Lansink will be presented at ONWARD&UPWARD – a group exhibition with an international selection of artists at @droog which shows art as inspiration, guidance and solace in a life full of uncertainties.

The immediate cause for the exhibition ONWARD&UPWARD, which is curated by Renny Ramakers and fashion designer Liselore Frowijn, is the unpredictable present we find ourselves in. However, have there ever been times full of certainty and security? The concept of ONWARD&UPWARD looks beyond COVID-19 to reflect on the insecurities and pitfalls of life, on the strength and power of life. Whatever happens, we must carry on moving ‘onward’ and ‘upward’ using all the means at our disposal.

Margaret Lansink, Believe, 2019 | collage printed on Kizuki handmade Washi paper, mended with 23Kt goldleaf | 34 x 30,5 cm | ed. 3 + 2 AP

The scenography of the exhibition is a surreal garden. A garden is continuously evolving and is in need of constant care. It’s a visual feast, but it can also contain poisonous plants and roses with mean thorns. Yet it is the place that moves you, gives you comfort and joy, a place that both gives peace of mind and puts you to work.

The art that appears in this scenography leaves aside the major social issues. First comes the visual power of art, poetic art, art that moves us, art that comforts us, art that gives hope and love, art that makes us happy, art that embraces us, evokes emotion, art that inspires and stimulates us… art that is close to our skin, art on a human scale. But also, art that in this context astonishes, scrapes, stings and offers unexpected points of view. In short, art that guides us to deal with uncertainty.

Anya Janssen, 2020

Artists: Margaret Lansink (1961, NL), Anthony Goicolea (1971, US), Anya Janssen (1962, NL), Charlotta Östlund (1973, FI) , (Elspeth Diederix (1971, NL), Emily Bates (1970, NL) , Emma Prempeh (1996, UK), George Stamenov (1988, BG), Hugo Rocci, (1989, FR), Joana Choumali (1974, CI), Jorge Mañes Rubio (1984, ES), , Margriet van Breevoort (1990, NL), Mike Pelletier (1978, CA), Niek Hendrix (1985, NL), Sethembile Msezane (1991, ZA) and Sophie Ruigrok (1992, UK), with more to be announced soon.


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