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Blain|Southern: Jeroen Verhoeven - The Curious Image - 12 May 2011 to 16 July 2011

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12 May 2011 to 16 July 2011

Preview: Wednesday 11 May, 6–8pm
Blain|Southern
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Jeroen Verhoeven, Lectori Salutem, 2010
polished stainless steel 77 x 242.4 x 110.7 cm (30.31 x 95.43 x 43.58 in)
Photo: Bas Helbers
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Artists in this exhibition: Jeroen Verhoeven


Jeroen Verhoeven
The Curious Image


12 May – 16 July 2011
Preview: Wednesday 11 May, 6–8pm

Blain|Southern is delighted to present The Curious Image,
the first solo exhibition in the UK by the celebrated Dutch
artist and designer Jeroen Verhoeven.

The centrepiece of the exhibition is Lectori Salutem, 2010, a monumental creation made from highly-polished steel. While ostensibly a desk, its flowing contours and reflective surfaces play smoke and mirrors with the eye; from some aspects it looks like a machine, from others an object of hand-crafted beauty. Like Verhoeven’s earlier Cinderella Table, 2005, which is now in the permanent collection of both the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the work combines highly skilled craftsmanship with complex industrial processes. One side of the desk seems to have been spliced in two, exposing the beauty of the engineering within. When the work is viewed from certain angles, two silhouettes can be seen, depicting Joep, Verhoeven’s twin brother, and Judith de Graauw, who work alongside him to form the Dutch design house Demakersvan.

Lectori Salutem thus tells the story of its own creation, allowing the viewer an insight into the physical construction of the work, as well as providing a highly personal link with its makers. Verhoeven sees this as an essential element of Demakersvan’s output: ‘We are storytellers, from fantasy to factory, from statement to product’.

In contrast to the solidity of the desk, Verhoeven’s chandelier, Virtue of Blue, 2010, is a delicate construction featuring 500 solar panel cells cut into the shapes of four different breeds of butterfly. These cluster around a flame-like, hand-blown glass bulb and, though they are static, appear to be in flight. Another remarkable element of the chandelier is that it is self-sustaining; like real butterflies, which use the rays of the sun to raise their own body temperatures, the wings of the chandelier butterflies absorb energy during daylight hours to provide power for the light they surround.

For further information on the exhibition, please contact Mark Inglefield
T: +44 758 419 9500 | E: mark@blainsouthern.com


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