Art in corona times 61. Elsa Hartjesveld, Hans Ensink op Kemna, Paul van der Zande, Es malt! (It paints!); Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague

left: Hans Ensink op Kemna, right: Elsa Hartjesveld

In the central part of Ruimtevaart’s exhibition space Elsa Hartjesveld, Hans Ensink op Kemna and Paul van der Zande have made a painterly installation.

left: Paul van der Zande; centre: Elsa Hartjesveld; right: Hans Ensink op Kemna
left: Elsa Hartjesveld; right: Paul van der Zande

The installation is based on the circle (Hartjesveld), the triangle (Ensink op Kemna) and the square (Van der Zande).

left: Paul van der Zande; right: Elsa Hartjesveld
Paul van der Zande

As such the three painters show that one doesn’t always need objects to redefine space in a monumental way.

Hans Ensink op Kemna
Hans Ensink op Kemna

The interaction between the three volumes is quite significant.

Hans Ensink op Kemna
Elsa Hartjesveld
Elsa Hartjesveld

Being invited i was quite happy to see it all, as art spaces like Ruimtevaart are still closed due to the corona lockdown.

Elsa Hartjesveld
Elsa Hartjesveld

Like many shows this one has been prolonged and it is hoped for that it will be open to the public before short.

Paul van der Zande
Paul van der Zande

However, the present governmental restrictions are as unpredictable as the virus itself, so we have to keep our fingers crossed.

Elsa Hartjesveld
Paul van der Zande

Ensink op Kemna has recently had a solo exhibition in Delft, but seeing works by the other two artists is a bit of a rare event.

Paul van der Zande
Hans Ensink op Kemna

Especially Van der Zande’s works are rarely seen and this exhibition proves how unjust that is.

Hans Ensink op Kemna
Elsa Hartjesveld

For Hartjesveld – who shows a series of small works – this was a good opportunity to try her hand on abstract work on a more monumental scale.

Elsa Hartjesveld
Elsa Hartjesveld

There is also a wonderful dialogue between the three very individual styles.

Elsa Hartjesveld
Hans Ensink op Kemna

Hartjesveld, with her more or less intuitive kind of works, seems to open up the secret and unexpected space in between the straight lines of the works by Ensink op Kemna and Van der Zande.  

Paul van der Zande
Hans Ensink op Kemna

For artistic dialogue Ruimtevaart seems to have become a very special space, while it has also opened up its ‘spare room’ as a kind of introduction space.

Paul van der Zande

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