72 – Remembrance and homage (in development)

An installation as a homage to my father, who was always supportive of and believing in my abilities, and in remembrance of the environment I grew up in.

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The installation is projected to be a spatial arrangement of 72 blocks of chopped wood and 72 drawings of them on the wall (or otherwise arranged, size to be determined), for the number of years my father, who passed away in 2019, lived. For the better part of my youth, I grew up in the car garage my parents owned. A number of woodblocks, the  ‘garage years’, is to be covered with waste oil. De 72 blocks of wood are ideally arranged to form a score (in the broadest sense) of 72 notes for a musical piece/soundscape, written by friend and composer Folkert Buis. Requiem, celebration, or both - that I leave to his personal experience and imagination.

The woodblocks refer to the warmth of the parental home, as well as to my fascination with the recurring, but never similar, forms, structures and patterns of wood and trees – a recurring theme in my drawings. The 'garage smell' of waste oil in an artistic, gallery-like setting does not only provide an exciting clash of atmospheres, but also recalls a disappeared world, in which fossil fuel still equaled ‘progress’. The sound, finally, is set to amplify the atmosphere and experience of homage and remembrance.