‘MindFrames’ – Esther Tielemans, Gijs van Lith, Wouter van der Laan

‘Mindframes’, curated by Rob Bouwman, presents work by Esther Tielemans, Gijs van Lith and Wouter van der Laan. The exhibition runs alongside ‘Setting Action / Defining Moment’ by Rob Bouwman.

Esther Tielemans explores in her work the sculptural possibilities of painting, in which the landscape plays an important role. ‘The past inside the present’ is a series of nine monu- mental paintings. The works are made up of two wooden panels that fall into each other. An image in an image, as memory sometimes fragments a memory and magnifies one experience more than the other. The cut-outs suggest a spaciousness without literally leaving the flat surface. The panels that she places in her installations in space have, as it were, been pushed back to their original position; the painting.
Esther Tielemans (1976, NL) studied at St. Joost in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Her works are in the collection of Museum Voorlinden (Wassenaar), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven) and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.

Gijs van Lith creates very labor intensive works that stretch the definition of a painting beyond its limits. By his own definition, every surface covered in paint has the potential to be a painting. All that counts is the act of painting, the pure pleasure in applying paint that jumps from every canvas. For his most recent works he uses an industrial sander to haphazardly destroy his canvas and to remove thick layers of paint. By dividing these canvases into grids, damage suddenly becomes a language; a mathematical composition of destruction and the wear and tear of the process is almost palpable.
Gijs van Lith (1984, NL) studied at St. Joost in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and has been exhibiting his work worldwide since then. Recent (solo) exhibitions: Rotterdam Kunsthal (2018), Marisa Newman Projects (New York) and Lepsien Art Foundation (Düsseldorf).

Wouter van der Laan. As fragments of a larger and dynamic composition, the small panels move over the wall. In their peculiar form they show a hint of character, an individuality, and thus a relation to what happens next to, above, below or in front of them. It is a modular system of separate images, spots, patterns and prints that connect to form a sequence. As a collage, a composition emerges from this process that is unique in its context, and temporarily in its composition. When a module is removed, the coherence of the sequence changes as such. Each location, coherence and composition gives rise to a next composition.
Wouter van der Laan (1993, NL) studied at the Frank Mohr Institute in Groningen. He has participated in several solo and group exhibitions including Haus 34a (Bad Bentheim), Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) and Bonnefantenmuseum (Maastricht).