Joran van Soest, The in between; Twelve twelve gallery, The Hague

The in-between is probably the biggest part of the World as we see it.

Even bodily contact only seems to underscore that fact.

However, seen as a spiritual space the in-between is a vast reservoir of emotion, thinking, feeling and the unknown between the self and the rest of the world; the in-between is in fact the immaterial Other.

As an artist you are able to materialise these aspects and as such make a vessel for these thoughts.

Joran van Soest (1994), who graduated last year from the arts academy in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, is quite literally working on a vessel at the moment: a zeppelin.

Of course since the Hindenburg disaster civil aviation with zeppelins has come to a dramatic standstill, but the idea of a big ship steadily ploughing the waves of the enormous aerial ocean that surrounds our planet appeals to the imagination, as it does to Van Soest’s.

Whether he will succeed in making an airworthy airship may be doubtful, but that is not really important.

The spin-off of the project, materialising things, physical experimenting in and with the Other will probably be its main result.

To give you a good taste of it you can see Van Soest’s present show at Twelve twelve gallery.

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Content of all photographs courtesy to Joran van Soest and Twelve twelve gallery, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters