2 – 30 August 2014
Saturday, 2 August 2014,
We are pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in Switzerland by Dutch artist Juul Kraijer.
For fifteen years Juul Kraijer has been drawing a recognizable reality parallel to the reality that we know. She works mainly with charcoal and sometimes with dry pastel. With few lines she portrays physical-emotional and mental sensations. Sobriety intensifies the power of the image and its compactness leads the onlooker to the core. On the sheets of paper from 20 to 300 centimeter width an androgynous looking young woman appears, absent and unmoved or in full concentration. Associations and thoughts, that naturally fleet like fast - flowing water, are written on her body.
In ‘embodied frames of mind’ the protagonist is staged in a neutral way. She can transform into a landscape, into a body with forests or volcanoes appearing on its curves, as in the immense drawing that is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She can also disintegrate when mosquitos and bees take possession of her, bite her, suck her blood and distribute all these droplets like pollen in nature. Nevertheless her body remains a paragon of calm and graceful modesty, untouchable like that of an imperial geisha.
The drawings remind one of the Indian culture of contemplation; subtle gestures, refined and elegant miniature painting and gods and demons in animal shape. Already as a young girl Juul Kraijer became acquainted with western and non-western art. In recent years she has frequently travelled to India. Her travels have allowed her to gain new experiences of the senses, to register body postures, to become acquainted with another attitude towards life. Later in her studio in Rotterdam all facets come together on the paper. The result are sensitive, figurative drawings of someone who isolates her emotions and observations, cautiously polishes them and then so subtly recreates them that many can see their own experiences reflected in them.
Juul Kraijer was born in Assen in The Netherlands in 1970 and lives in Rotterdam.
Her work has been awarded three Dutch art prizes and has been exhibited many times. It is included in museum and private collections in the Netherlands and abroad.
In 2001 the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam presented her work, in 2005 and 2008 she exhibited at Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf, in 2009 at The Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art at the Garage Center in Moscow and in 2013 at La Maison Rouge in Paris as part of the exhibition Théatre du Monde, curated by Jean-Hubert Matin. Her works are in the collections of the Stedeijk and the Overholland Museum in Amsterdam, the MoMa in New York, Museum Boijmans van Beunigen in Rotterdam, the Kiasma in Helsinki, as well as in many private and corporate collections.