Readytex Art Gallery
Double Feature: Reinier Asmoredjo and Hanka Woltersdorff
The Readytex Art Gallery does it again. Yet another great double-feature, this time featuring the artists Reinier Asmoredjo and Hanka Woltersdorff is launched in the gallery on the 16th of September. This time around the difference in style is even more marked because these two amazing artists also practice two different disciplines of art. The walls of the exhibition hall are decorated with the colorful and expressive paintings of Reinier Asmoredjo, while the modern ceramic sculptures of Hanka Woltersdorff are displayed on pedestals throughout the space.
The work of Asmoredjo is a fascinating combination of strong colors and geometric shapes with the emphasis as always on people out of his daily surroundings, but in most cases however, specifically women. The work is sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative and sometimes a combination of both, but the characteristic elements that typically define the artist’s handwriting are ever present. The predominance of circular shapes in for example the sun, the women’s breasts and tropical fruit are important symbols in the art of Reinier Asmoredjo, which to him refer to energy, fertility and the continuous cycle of life. Other than the circles, which this time around also show a bit more detailing and depth, other geometric shapes play an increasingly significant role in the compositions. Through lines, curves and other shapes the compositions have a more constructive and stylized look to them. The graceful details of decorative and repeated stenciled patterns are much used in this collection of Asmoredjo. Several Surinamese cultures are wonderfully highlighted but the predominant theme this time around is definitely concentrated around love. With the striking color palette, the explicit attention for detail in subject, background and the composition as a whole, the work of Asmoredjo once again manages to exude an undeniable force of attraction.
Color, composition and fascinating shapes; also in the work of Hanka Woltersdorff these elements are characteristic features which stand out and command attention. Hanka’s art however, is three dimensional and her medium is clay. Each individual part of the modern, abstract sculptures is painstakingly handmade after meticulous preparation of the clay. The different shapes are then artistically combined and attached to one another to create the fascinating compositions which are then baked in the oven at high temperatures. The pieces for every sculpture are initially cut from flattened slabs of clay and are then carefully bent and manipulated to the become the smooth curves, circles and shapes which form the basis for the unique creations of Hanka Woltersdorff. Sometimes the work is attached to a wooden base, sometimes to a whimsical piece of driftwood, some are made solely from clay, some are meant to stand, and others are designed to hang on the wall. The artist loves to experiment with different shapes, combinations of materials and intermittently chooses to finish het pieces in either a baked on glaze or a painted color. The finish of each unique sculpture is smooth and beautifully done, attesting to the professionalism and skill of the artist. The brightly painted works have an added modern appeal and the raku –baked pieces with their unpredictable and striking color play, have an elegant yet rustic charm.
This remarkable double-feature of two experienced and skilled artists can be visited at the Readytex Art Gallery from the 16th until the 26th of September, during the regular opening hours of the Readytex department store at the Maagdenstraat 44 upstairs.