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LOBBY

08/28/2014

Lobby

 

Lobby, oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm, 2014

LOBBY

A new painting finished: Lobby, oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm. The painting shows a central part of my painting of end last year Hotel Europa, which is now present in my exhibition UMZUG at Dordrechts Museum in my hometown Dordrecht. The image for both paintings was taken from a found photograph of the lobby of a Hotel Europa located in Berlin. It can be interpreted as an image of European hospitality in this sense.

Hotel Europa    Hotel Europa, oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm (2013)

In a way my two paintings can also be regarded as a conversation to a certain painting entitled Lobby  by Richard Hamilton. Hamilton’s painting, made back in the eighties, was also based on a photograph of a Hotel Europa, also in Berlin. Different time and location however. On his turn Hamilton’s painting was part of a conversation he had to Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp’s prescription for art after finishing his Large Glass was that art should be non-retinal. For Hamilton the most Duchampian way to react to Duchamp was to make his work extremely retinal, so instead of the real glass and mirrors of Duchamp his work shows illusionary painted glass and mirrors.

Ton Kraayeveld in front of ‘Lobby’               Richard Hamilton in front of ‘Lobby’

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