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Marijn Akkermans
updated: 05/08/2013
website: www.marijnakkermans.nl
 
   
 
 
     
 
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And the mirror cracked from side to side
Eurydice (male version)
Weaping Alex Katz dancer
untitled (fish eye)
untitled
Lacrimosa
Straight story
Dawn
Nightnurse with cup of hot choco
Smiling man with wounded paw and torn off sleaves
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, figurative, identity, psychological, portraiture, childhood, memory
 
 
And the mirror cracked from side to side by Marijn Akkermans
And the mirror cracked from side to side
watercolor on paper
2012
60.2" x  37.2" 
Eurydice (male version) by Marijn Akkermans
Eurydice (male version)
Watercolor on paper
2012
60.2 " x  36.4 " 
Weaping Alex Katz dancer by Marijn Akkermans
Weaping Alex Katz dancer
watercolor on paper
2012
18.7" x  16.7" 
untitled (fish eye) by Marijn Akkermans
untitled (fish eye)
Watercolor on paper
2013
20.5 " x  16.5 " 
untitled by Marijn Akkermans
untitled
Watercolor on paper
2013
18.5 " x  15.7 " 
Lacrimosa by Marijn Akkermans
Lacrimosa
Watercolor and ink on paper
2013
66.1 " x  20.7 " 
Straight story by Marijn Akkermans
Straight story
Ink and poster paint on paper
2010/2011
68.1 " x  50.4 " 
Dawn by Marijn Akkermans
Dawn
Ink and poster paint on paper
2011
65,7 " x  57,3 " 
Nightnurse with cup of hot choco  by Marijn Akkermans
Nightnurse with cup of hot choco
coloured pencil, ink and collage on paper
2006
59.1 " x  45.1 " 
Smiling man with wounded paw and torn off sleaves by Marijn Akkermans
Smiling man with wounded paw and torn off sleaves
Ink, acryllic paint, poster paint, colored pencil and collage on paper
2005
57.5 " x  42.9 " 

Artist Statement
(...) In the artist’s recent works these scenes are replaced by a more portrait-like presentation of the figures, to the extent that they look out directly at the viewer in classical portrait poses. Like vague memories, echoes of early 19th-century portraiture shimmer through the surfaces, recalling a time when the emerging bourgeoisie began to define itself by way of the inwardness and intimacy of family relationships. Did this promise of warmth and security not at the same time secretly entail a loss of personal autonomy and psychological integrity, making room for a kind of dependency on others that was heretofore unknown in the firmly defined roles of earlier eras? When in Marijn Akkermans’ drawings monstrous metallic-looking women’s hands encircle a child, or hair cascades down to form a cage that constrains movement, the borders between emotional bonds and ties that bind, between protection and possessiveness begin to blur. (...)  The ambivalent game with proximity and distance between the depicted figures is transferred onto the relationship between picture and viewer. The scenes’ power to draw us in psychologically is countered not only by the fragmentation of the bodies but also by their rootlessness, suspended as they are on neutral white paper without any real contact with the ground and thus bereft of any spatial context. Additional distance comes from the unmistakable feeling we have of recognizing these faces, without being able to identify them precisely. (...) (...) At once close and yet far away – too near to seem unfamiliar, too remote to be true – an emotional involvement emanates from Marijn Akkermans’ images that stays with us long after we have turned away. (...)

‘There’s No Place Like Home” by Gudrun Bott in “Marijn Akkermans: Back Then, The World Was Bigger”, 2008

Artist Bio / CV
Solo exhibitions: 2012 Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Square Moon 2010 DCD, The Fraud of Mister HQ, Diepenheim 2009 Galerie Gabriel Rolt, The Future Is Old 2008 Galerie Karin Sachs, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Munich DE 2007 Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Let’s Wonder Over Yonder 2006 Galerie Rolf Hengesbach, Back Then, The World Was BiggerCologne DE 2005 Galerie Karin Sachs, ... And Amongst Other Things; The Matter Of The Teddybear, Munich DE 2002 Galerie Karin Sachs, There Will Be Love And Laughter And Peace Ever After, Munich DE Group exhibitions: 2012 Museum Hilversum, Figuurlijk 2011  Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, All about drawing; Schiedam 2010  Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Op papier, The Hague; Centraal Museum,Op papier gezet - Daniels tot Dumas en Schleiffert tot Schoonhoven, UtrechtMuseum van Bommel van Dam, award show 2010, Venlo 2009 Nest ruimte, Notes on Narratives, The Hague; Zoya museum,Open, Modra SKGalerie Lacen, I Spy With My Little Eye (curated by M. Akkermans), Paris FR; Schloss Gottorf, Fixterne, 100 years of art on paper - Adolphe Menzel till Kiki Smith, Schleswig DEGalerie Gabriel Rolt, In Praise Of Shadows, Amsterdam 2008 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, XX CenturyThe Hague 2007 Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Replacing Mashkov; recent acquisitions, The Hague 2006   Galerie Gabriel Rolt, The Kids Are Alright, Amsterdam; Hoftoren, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Hague; GEM, Up-and-Coming, The Hague; AZKM, Face To Face, Münster DE 2005 Schloss Ringenberg, Dirty DenimHamminkeln DE; Galerie Rolf Hengesbach, Relations, Cologne DE 2004  Arti et Amicitiae, Weltschmerz, Amsterdam 2002 Stadsgalerij Heerlen, Lijn = Vorm = Inhoud: works on paper Schloss Ringenberg, TransistorHamminkeln DE Collections: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Centraal Museum; Museum van Bommel van Dam  Catalogues: All about Drawing, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam; Fixterne, Wienand verlag, Cologne; XX Century, publisher Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2008;Back then, the world was bigger, monography M. Akkermans, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam, 2008;New Workstrategies #1, Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2003; Cum Laude 2, Presscenter Nieuwspoort, Den Haag, 2000