PREVIEW BERLIN ART FAIR
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STAND: 11.03.2011
BURODIJKSTRA ARTGALLERY, ROTTERDAM

BURODIJKSTRA ARTGALLERY, ROTTERDAM

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Olaf Mooij (NL)
Fossil I, 2006–2009
Mixed media, 400 × 150 × 170 cm

OLAF MOOIJ - Fossil I

The Dutch artist Olaf Mooij (1958) has achieved particular fame with his car sculptures on display in public space. Since the early nineties, Mooij has looked to the street as a stage for his work. Typical of his generation, was that he connected his work much more with the world outside the walls of the exhibition halls. That often led to confusion: was this really visual art, but it was always clear; Mooij’s work is firmly rooted in the sculptural tradition. The universal phenomenon of the object is playfully ridiculed, as in the ‘Chesterfield Car’ which looks as inviting as a real Chesterfield couch (2004, collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen). In his recent series of works, Mooij appears to return to the absolute autonomy of the sculpture. The skin, the surface of the car, is the focal point. Fossil I presents itself as a fossil remnant of a distant past. In the play between form and meaning, between volume and surface, between symbolic function and functional use, Mooij seeks the exact point where they converge.

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