Bezielde lijnen by Rinaldo Klas and Maartje Jaquet
Readytex Art Gallery opens a special new duo
exhibition on October 3rd. Bezielde
lijnen shows the surprising results of the synergy between two artists who
have been connected as friends and colleagues for ten years now: Rinaldo Klas
in Suriname and Maartje Jaquet from Amsterdam.
When Maartje Jaquet entered the gardens of the Nola
Hatterman Art Academy during her first time in Suriname ten years ago, in order
to make a film about leafcutter ants – which she had never seen before - she
was approached by the academy’s director Rinaldo Klas. He wanted to know who
the unannounced visitor was, and what she was doing there. This encounter led
to a lasting connection between the two artists and they have since kept each
other informed about the developments their careers and their personal lives.
They found common ground in their work through their use of lines. Both artists
use simple lines to try to capture the deeper essence of that which they
record. For Rinaldo that is the soul of nature and for Maartje the soul of the
people that she portrays. They also share their commitment to nature and the
environment and will, especially for this exhibition, make a joint art work in
which this will be the central theme.
In the past Maartje Jaquet often worked with film and photography.
During her stay in Suriname in 2009 for example, she made so-called One Minute videos of her impressions. In
recent years she has been focusing more on drawing and painting people with pen,
pencil and watercolor. She enjoys making quick sketches of people in public
spaces, such as at the market, the library or in stores, with the common thread
being the diversity and at the same time the unity of the people. She
subsequently completes the sketches with watercolors. In this exhibition she
shows a number of portraits that she made during a residency at the Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst in
Amsterdam Zuidoost, in 2017. Especially for Bezielde
lijnen Maartje also made a number of portraits of people in Paramaribo,
most of them at the Waterkant. Rinaldo Klas is a well-known Surinamese visual artist.
Since the nineties, the main theme of his work is the great effect that human
intervention has on the environment. For Bezielde
Lijnen he created figurative monoprints and acrylic paintings. The common
ground between him and Maartje, the use of lines in their work, is clearly
visible in the dynamics of the lines in the monoprints of people. In his
colorful acrylic paintings Rinaldo expresses his involvement with people and
Bezielde lijnen opens in Readytex Art Gallery on Thursday October 3rd
at 7:30 pm. The exhibition can furthermore be visited from October 4th
until the 2nd of November, from Monday - Friday
from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, and on Saturday from 8:30 am -1:30 pm. Also open in the
evenings on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th, from
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.