May 12th - June 12th **opening Thursday May 12th 6 pm**
Compiled from dozens of paintings and found objects, my assemblages tell the story of my life as an artist, ex-football player, cyclist, son, man and father. By processing personal objects such as my son's and my old toy cars, a dreamcatcher that my girlfriend found or a small painting that dates back to my academy days in the nineties, I exhibit literal pieces of my history, benchmarks in my life's course which shaped my consciousness. I am attempting to grab hold of the soul that has nestled in me, across time and space. The central works in ODOODEM* - the first exhibition in Hybrid Cultures - are the totems, family signs, eclectic worship of my family, perhaps even incantations. In both Sorrow Totem and Rush Totem I attempt to capture the deep connection I feel to my girlfriend and to our son who is experiencing an extremely harrowing adolescence. In this iteration the works become sacred symbols for us as a family. For me they carry such immense power that they transcend the everyday familial worries. The totems are untouchable, they are oracles. I hope the ODOODEM* exhibition conveys this sacred energy.
*The term Odoodem, Doodem of Doodeman, from the Algonquin language and means kinship group. Totem is the colonised version of that word.
*translated by Cole Verhoeven
HYBRID CULTURES open Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11 am - 6 pm
Donker Curtiusstraat 25 B, 1051 JM, Amsterdam, 0031614672978, www.hybridcultures.nl
kindly supported by AMSTERDAMS FONDS VOOR DE KUNSTEN, MONDRIAN FUND