In collaboration with art critic Rob Perrée, Readytex Art Gallery has developed an informative initiative: An Eye for Art. Once every two weeks Rob Perrée discusses a work of art from the collection of Readytex Art Gallery. This week he talks about ‘De golfslag van Coronie’ [The waves of Coronie], ceramics, 60 cm wide x 38 cm high x 32 cm deep, 2011, from Hanka Wolterstorff.
Whether as an art lover you like it or not, the traditional boundaries of art are gradually blurring under the influence of the internet and social media. Many young people in particular, are not concerned about whether something is art, or is considered art, or not. They are faced with so many images on a daily basis, that they see them as one large image databank, which you can tap into freely. Because you consider it beautiful, cool, or because it speaks to you for some other reason. And then there are so many accessible gadgets and devices easily within reach, that anyone can make a film or a photograph. So how so artist? The boundaries between artists and handy amateurs are fading as well.
On the other hand there are increasingly more artists who use art forms that previously belonged more to well meaning amateurs. There is currently much knitting, embroidering, crocheting, sculpting and knotting of carpets going on. These developments are not only inevitable, they are also interesting, because artists force themselves to think and operate differently. They are interesting because they increasingly refer the artificial differences between ‘high art’ and ‘low art’ to the past.
For those free-thinking viewers and artists, it would be good to take notice of the work of an artist such as Hanka Wolterstorff (Hoorn, 1943). She knows how to use ‘ordinary’ clay to make objects such as this ‘De golfslag van Coronie’ [The waves of Coronie] from 2011. Objects that seem to move, that suggest rather than copy the reality, that regardless of their sometimes compact and tough material can express a lightness and a vulnerability, and which are capable of seducing the viewer without adapting to conventional tastes. In short, she knows how to make the most of the quality and the characteristics of her material, in an inventive and creative way.
Although she uses a lot of colors in some of her other objects, for this work she choose only a limited amount of dark colors, which do however harbor many nuances within. Similar to how water can also be colorful in its apparent monotony.
TEXT Rob Perrée, Amsterdam, February 2015
TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2015
Want to see this and other work of Hanka Wolterstorff ‘up close and personal’? That’s possible at Readytex Art Gallery, Steenbakkerijstraat 30, Paramaribo. www.readytexartgallery.com. For more information about Hanka Wolterstorff please visit the website http://readytexartgallery.com/hankawolterstorff.
This edition of An Eye for Art has been sent as a RAG-mailing on February 11, 2015 and was published in Kunst en Cultuur in de Ware Tijd on February 11, 2015.
Because really looking at art and understanding art are not always obvious and easy to do, we hope that these regular reviews will at least offer you some insight into the process. You will get to see how a connoisseur looks at art, discusses it, and then links the work to others within the international art world.
Of course you can only truly judge a work of art when you are actually standing in front of it yourself. We therefore hope to see you soon in Readytex Art Gallery and are eager to hear what you think of this artwork, and which other works of art you find yourself drawn to. Please note that the artworks discussed are still available for purchase at the time that the review is published.
Rob Perrée is art historian and works as freelance writer, art critic and curator, specialized in contemporary (Afro-) American art, African art, Surinamese art and art using new media. His work has appeared in countless catalogues, books, magazines and newspapers. He is editor of Sranan Art Xposed, editor in chief of Africanah.org and a member of the editing team of Pf Photo Magazine. His website: http://robperree.com.