A major showing of the work of 16 international artists is the inaugural offering of the new gallery HE.RO in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
The exhibit, Ideal Types, features paintings, sculptures, photographs, tapestries, and furniture installations and other things. It was curated by Alfredo Cramerotti with input from Elsa Barbieri.
The title of the show refers to a term coined by sociologist Max Weber. For him, “ideal types” are models that share characteristics of real-life objects but do not seem to follow any specific example.
The curators and artists explore the study of the internal logic of a foreign world, and each artist illustrates this process in his or her own creative way.
Valerio Adami of Paris presents a Roy Lichtenstein pop-art style painting entitled L’ultimo Pound (allegoria). The piece depicts a bedroom perhaps of a hospital or orphanage with two beds on either side of the pitch-black doorway with portraits of an old man on one and a skull on the other with a terrified girl standing in the middle clutching her stuffed rabbit. The bright yellow paint used contrasts starkly with the black and grey.
Another notable work in the show is the installation Harvest Moon by Shezad Dawood of London. Like Adami’s piece, Dawood also illustrates contradictions of dark and light as Dawood’s piece features a black, wall-mounted backdrop with a thin, neon tube of light in the shape of a half-moon or half lightbulb.
Also of note is an installation by Peter Schuyff of Amsterdam entitled Irene. The 5-foot tall wooden sculpture is shaped into a curvaceous hourglass figure as though it were to represent some woman in some way. Schuyff’s other works in the show include two paintings depicting warped, close-up patterns of red, white, and blue stripes entitled Nurse’s Aid and Lollipop.
Sarah Entwistle of Berlin presents several large-scale tapestries with two of them darker colored and one with lighter colors like pink and red with various geometric designs outlined by thin sewing thread.
A number of the works were commissioned especially for the show and were premiered at the opening; others are by artists never before shown in the Netherlands in keeping with the gallery’s goal of presenting the best of new contemporary art in Amsterdam.
The other participating artists in the exhibition are Athanasios Argianas of London and Athens, Adriana Arroyo of Berlin, Ewa Axelrad of London, Chloë Cheuk of Hong Kong and Montreal, Fabrizio Cotognini of Civitanova Marche, Laurence Kavanagh of London, Alice Pedroletti of Milan, Peter Sköld of Stockholm, Peter Tillessen of Zurich, Alesch Vital of Scuol, Gernot Wieland of Berlin, and Bedwyr Williams of Caernarfon.
At HE.RO through Mar. 31. The gallery is located at Beitelkade 4, 1021 KG, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The gallery is open Wed.-Sat. from 12:00-18:00 (12 p.m.-6 p.m.).