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ARTIST | Andre van der Kerkhoff | Where Dragonflies Tango – Fish Lane Studios Exhibition – OPENING 12th February 2021
February 12 @ 10:00 am - 8:30 pm AESTFree
Quoting | ROBERTA SMITH
Co-chief art critic of The New York Times,
July 2017, NYC, NY‘ …………… Andre van der Kerkhoff can rightly be described as an agent of change. Short of taking up residence on another planet, he has changed just about everything one person can: his name (from Heinz Krautberger); his country (from his native Austria to his present home in Australia via New York); his professions: (from graphic artist/set designer to bonsai cultivator; from writer/poet to photographer to painter); and from styles to subject matter. He is nothing, if not versatile……………………’
Now his creative energy, along with partner Pauline goes not only into his painting and bonsai, but also into his baking for his latest adventure – The Tiny Tree Art Cafe @ Coorparoo – Brisbane ……… where this amazing man mentors and supports a network of Artists to showcase their Artwork, where you can relax with a great coffee and cake, where you can buy Bonsai and Art of great quality!
back to ROBERTA ‘…………. This man on the move with a chameleon-like life is endowed with a porous personality able to absorb, adapt and recreate the world around him, sharply observed and keenly felt. His poetic/prose/photographic portrayals of New York City, during which he roomed at the Carlton Arms, a hotel located in the city’s then grungy, un-gentrified Lower East Side, is a case in point. (It still exists, now adorned by van der Kerkhoff’s murals.) It is also where he launched into taking a big bite out of the Big Apple………………….’
This Boutique Exhibition – ‘Where Dragonflies Tango’
Join Us – To Meet the Artist – OPENING NIGHT –
12th February 2021 – 6pm to 8.30pm
Fish Lane Studios – 4 Edmondstone Street – South Brisbane Qld 4101
A full digital Catalogue and On-Line Sales …………. will be available closer to the Opening Date – 12th February 2021
‘……….The dragonfly and the butterfly are among the myriad of shapes that conjure up insects, turtles, lizards and snakes, flight paths and trajectories; floral-type patterns recall the woven mille-feuilles backgrounds of medieval wall hangings; circles string coiled pearls in a nebula of another universe.
There is a mystery encased in these images–a hidden tale told in still another poetic language tinted by other landscapes. Landscapes he has made uniquely his own, rendered in earth tones, a “palette [that] reflects the pigments of the Australian Continent,” he writes.
A quasi-musicality and a rhythm inhabit these latest works, a near- repetitive refrain, somewhat reminiscent of some “outsider art.” But van der Kerkhoff is no outsider. His is a reconstruction of an Australian fabric emanating from a melody within, heard by a stranger in a strange land.
He is a stranger no longer. “It would be rather strange,” he states, “to live in one of Earth’s oldest landscapes and not be interested in it and its in-explainable power and magic…………..’
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