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Artist: Wido Blokland

Wido Blokland (1966, NL) manages in a surprising way to 'summarise' and connect essences within art, philosophy and spirituality. His sculptures and installations often have the character of an assemblage; the ability to meaningfully integrate just a few elements into an apparently simple whole that nevertheless conceals a complex of layers of meaning. Questions about space and especially about ourselves 'in the midst' of that space are exposed. Alleged foundations within science, philosophy, cognition, imaging and spirituality crack under image solutions that are as fluid as they are intelligent. In essence, art has always revolved around the unification of the human spirit with the spirit of the universe, abruptly interrupted and truncated by the hegemony of a strictly material consciousness. Blokland pleads for the true task of the artist: that of reflector on what surrounds us, and imaginer of the (im)possible.

Wido Blokland studied Eastern and Western philosophy and visual art, and stayed at the Ateliers '63 in 1989-1990. His first (group) exhibition in 1992 was followed by a work grant. Other stipends followed in 1994, 1998 and 2003, as well as exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. During the period 2007-2009, he worked as a theoretical guest lecturer at the St. Lucas Academy in Brussels.

From that moment on, he left exhibiting for almost 10 years, and shifted his base to France in order to deepen what he considers to be the vital need for a more universal and connecting approach to art, life, philosophy and spirituality.

Until 20 June
Toussaintkade 51


Paviljoensgracht 20, 2512 BP Den Haag
Galerie Maurits van de Laar
Gallery Nono
Museum Rijswijk
West Den Haag