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"Anne-Marie van Sprang: New Works"
2002-11-03 until 2002-12-22
One of the remarkable features of Anne-Marie van Sprang's work is that her objects and drawings are often small and fragile compared to the space or surface they occupy. Her sculptures are rarely over 15 centimetres high; her drawings never take up all of the paper. Moreover, these objects and drawings invariably appear somewhat strange.
Van Sprang's additions distort, but also, simultaneously, make for recognition. Small figures observe each other through binoculars, or gaze into space. In another case, an ear exhibits a growth, or figures have hands in unexpected places. Sometimes figures and objects more or less hide, as do the figures enveloped in their own little houses; only their hands, legs and eyes are visible. Seeing, listening, disappearing, appearing, making what is concealed visible: these are all recurring themes in Anne-Marie van Sprang's work.
Anne-Marie van Sprang works with, among other things, bronze, wax and porcelain. The latter is seldom used today. The way Anne-Marie van Sprang uses porcelain is unique, exploring the potential and testing the limits of this extremely fragile material. Because of the parallels between the fragility of the material and the themes Van Sprang's work explores, De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal will only be showing porcelain works. Anne-Marie van Sprang has created a large body of new works for the exhibition.
Anne-Marie van Sprang
Sculpture presented at the
exposition area of the Amsterdam University, NL