Mouth of the Sky, 2015-2016

The oeuvre of Wouter Venema (Groningen 1985) is like a web expanding in all directions. In this network, one can point to all sorts of connections but one cannot find the centre. Recurring themes are drawing, maps, reproducibility and the changing of identity. Venema’s work betrays his fascination with how space and time can be reconciled. He brings together different moments and places by, for example, folding up maps and making holes in them, pulping a book to create a single page, or printing various perspectives on a single sheet of photographic paper.
For Project Rotterdam Venema and architect Anne Dessing have covered the floor with a motif that functions as a map. He has placed his other works on top of this motif as if literally mapping his oeuvre. The works are displayed on objects resembling tables. A table has more than one perspective: if you are working at it, it is a flat surface but when you move away from it, it becomes spatial. What position do you take as an artist and as a visitor and how do you orient yourself in relation to others and yourself.
Text: Floor van Luijk

Project Rotterdam
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
13.02 - 07.08.2016
Photos: Lotte Stekelenburg
Floor drawing i.c.w. Anne Dessing

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Still of One to One, 2015
Cyanotype on paper, wood, steel, 174 x 110 x 77 cm.
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Still of One to One [detail], 2015
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Coat Stand, 2015
Acrylic on steel, wood, 172 x 50 x 53 cm.
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Untitled (Desk), 2015
Coloured pencil, pen and acrylic on papers, laser prints, digital and analogue prints, re-folded map, plaster mounted on wood, 150 x 105 x 15 cm.
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Gobelin Tule, 2015
Coloured pencil and pencil on paper, 31 x 21 cm.
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Untitled (Perspective Study), 2015
Digital print from exposed photographic paper negative on paper, 24 x 17.5 cm, edition of 3.
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Demonstration of the use of the phenakistoscope
Photo: Ghent University Museums
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Phenakistoscope disc of a snake
Photo: National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
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Egg, 2015
Gouache on plaster, 5 x 5 x 5 cm.
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Mask of Agamemnon
Photo: Leo Koppelkamm
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Cheeks, 2015
Coloured pencil on paper, 15.5 x 12.5 cm.
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Two Woven Thoughts, 2015
Pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm.
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Untitled (Clothes), 2015
Laser print on paper, 12 x 9 cm.
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Untitled (Map), 2007
Refolded map through which a hole has been made, 28.5 x 16.5 cm.
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Mixing Colours, 2015
Gouache on folded paper, 42 x 29.7 cm.
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Graveyard Spiral, 2015
Coloured pencil and pencil on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm.
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Garland, 2015
Silk-screen and gouache on paper, steel, magnets, 100 x 140 cm.
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Garland [backside], 2015
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Not Agamemnon [front], 2015
Pressed paper pulp, steel, 165 x 60 x 45 cm.
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Not Agamemnon [back], 2015
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Perspective Study, 2015
Wood, steel, acrylic on pinhole camera, digital prints, 123 x 80 x 250 cm.
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Documentation Perspective Study
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Perspective Study, 2015
Digital print from exposed photographic paper negative on paper, 24 x 17.5 cm.
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Perspective Study, 2015
Digital print from exposed photographic paper negative on paper, 24 x 17.5 cm.
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Perspective Study, 2015
Digital print from exposed photographic paper negative on paper, 24 x 17.5 cm.
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Perspective Study, 2015
Digital print from exposed photographic paper negative on paper, 24 x 17.5 cm.
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Perspective Study, 2015
Digital print from exposed photographic paper negative on paper, 24 x 17.5 cm.
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Mouth of the Sky
Installation view
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Mouth of the Sky
Installation view
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Prism (Pseudonyms) IV, 2016
Image transfer on plaster, 40 x 27 cm
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The Place Between My Pencil and the Paper, 2015
Coloured pencil on unprinted woodblock of black MDF, steel, 55 x 162 x 122 cm.
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The Place Between My Pencil and the Paper [detail], 2015
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Mouth of the Sky
Installation view
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Eht Htuom Fo Eht Yks, 2015
Unprinted etching plate, wood, steel, Brasso, 13.5 x 66 x 86 cm.
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Mouth of the Sky
Installation view
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Mouth, 2015
Upper cast of a denture through which a hole has been drilled, 4 x 8 x 6 cm.