Art in corona times 39. Alejandra Venegas & Paul Beumer, Frequently the woods are pink; Marwan Bassiouni, Prayer Rug Selfies; Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague

Alejandra Venegas

Both Alejandra Venegas’ and Paul Beumer’s art have their roots in different cultures, from different countries, even different continents.

Alejandra Venegas
Alejandra Venegas

They presently  have a duo exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew.

Paul Beumer

Venegas (1986) draws her inspiration from the stories, techniques and subjects, not just from her home country Mexico, but also from Asia and Africa.

Alejandra Venegas
Alejandra Venegas

Beumer (1982), as usual, concentrates more on the materials themselves.

Alejandra Venegas

Beumer’s recent work, presented in this exhibition, is made of bark-cloth, which he collected and processed in Serawak (Malaysian Borneo).

Paul Beumer
Paul Beumer

When i saw this kind of work for the first time i must admit i was a bit put off by the somewhat stiff and rectangular nature of these collage-like works.

Alejandra Venegas

On the other hand, it probably takes time to get used to the language of certain materials and the way they speak for themselves, as the works seem quite convincing to me by now.

Paul Beumer
Paul Beumer

In the end Beumer always seems to find a way in which the material and a certain, often traditional, technique can completely speak for themselves, while presenting them in an intuitive and lyrical manner.

Paul Beumer

That’s how he came with the present series of works, partly based on the colours of the different times of the day.

Paul Beumer
Paul Beumer

The combination with Venegas’ work is a particularly happy one, as she clearly found her way in another very basic technique: woodworking and painting.

Alejandra Venegas

While in Beumer’s work the medium becomes the story, in Venegas’ work the story may be born from the medium or may intermingle with the medium.

Paul Beumer
Alejandra Venegas

In that way her colourful wooden reliefs become objects of wonder.

Marwan Bassiouni

In the front space of the gallery Marwan Bassiouni (1985) shows some photographs from his series Prayer Rug Selfies.

Marwan Bassiouni (detail)

I wrote an article about these works in Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the article (in Dutch).

Marwan Bassiouni (detail)

The few pictures shown here can be seen as additional to what i wrote in the article.

Marwan Bassiouni

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