An overview of my most recent works.
About the works
“The backs of sheds, worn thresholds and greasy patches around light switches. What does the inside of the wall look like? I want to know what is on the blown away pieces of paper lying under a bush. And why shouldn’t an old piece of plywood be just as valuable as a ceremonial portrait? All those houses with attics with cabinets with drawers containing all sorts of little things...”
Jef Stapel uses discarded materials from building sites: mainly plywood boards and sometimes perspex. The glue residue, old layers of paint, nail holes in the material are the starting point for his creations. He saws the boards, breaks them, cuts and chisels out shapes from them, glues and hammers parts of them together, layered on top of each other, adds a stripe of paint …
The main tool used to make these ‘paintings’ isn’t a brush but a chisel, and a saw, nails and glue. The pattern of the chiseling forms its own painterly texture, like brush strokes do.
Walls have ears. Just as light captures an image on photographic paper, sounds leave an impression on the surface of walls. Even the slightest sigh leaves a trace. These traces, however, cannot be detected by humans. At least, not yet.
Group exhibition with Waël el Allouche, Kevin Bauer, Esther Bentvelsen, Stephan Blumenschein, Tycho Brouwers, Jonathan van Doornum, Daniel Mullen, Anastasija Pandilovska, Jef Stapel, Ivar van der Zwan, Kim Wawer. Location: Cityscapes Gallery. Piet Heinkade 83, Amsterdam (visit by appointment) From: September 11 – October 9 More info Invitation (pdf)
The surface is more profound than when you start digging.