OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 6th, 6 – 8 PM
Featuring a musical performance by Jeffrey Lewis
Rik Meijer’s debut at the gallery, entitled, I Am Still What I Wanted to Be, will open on April
21st and continue through May 28, 2011. It is the artist’s first solo show in the U.S. and runs
concurrently with his exhibition, As if We Never Knew It, at the Bonnefanten Museum in
Maastricht, the Netherlands. (April 17 – July 3, 2011)
I Am Still What I Wanted to Be comprises collaged paintings and works on paper. With an eye
for the extreme, and an aesthetic sensibility formed in the underbelly of pop and
underground culture, Meijers paints portraits of imaginary figures from the fringes of society.
With expressionistic bravura, he uses unorthodox materials like bottle caps, wax, tar,
feathers, corks, glitter, shards of glass, paint, resin and other materials to create a dense,
tactile surface rich with texture.
Meijers mines the language of the underground for its raw power and immediacy of
communication. A musician, and longtime fixture on the Dutch indie music scene, Meijers
portrays his post-punk subjects with reverence, imbuing them with a dignity they are not
normally accorded in contemporary society. Pin ups, prophets, mystics and pimps are
lovingly adorned with the flotsam and jetsam of the streets.
The creative tension in his work resides in his exuberant embrace of heroic expressionist
painting – while simultaneously mythologizing his figures that are far from noble. Still, like
his literary heroes, Genet, Celine and Bukowski, Meijers does not liberate his figures from
hell, but rather brings his viewer deep into the spirit of the world they inhabit.
Rik Meijers trained at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten (Visual Arts Academy) in Maastricht
and Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Works by Rik Meijers are included in the
collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amseterdam, S.M.A.K. Gent, Fries Museum
Leeuwarden, Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem,
Schunck Heerlen, Museum Het Domein Sittard, ABN-AMRO Amsterdam, Océ Venlo, De
Nederlandsche Bank Amsterdam and DSM Art Collection. In 1996 he won the Koninklijke
Subsidie for free painting and in 2000 the Wolvecampprijs.
A catalogue/artist’s book with an introduction by Dominic van den Boogerd accompanies
the exhibition at the Bonnefanten Museum.
This exhibition is made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Foundation and The
Consulate General of the Netherlands.