|Bas Meerman - Journal intime - Book presentation|
||L. A. Galerie Lothar Albrecht|
Bas Meerman - Journal intime
On Saturday, October 14, 2006, at 6 p. m. we will present Bas Meermans newly published book, "Journal intime". The book was edited by Peter Weiermair and published by Allsaintspress. On the occasion of the book presentation L. A. Gallery will show in this evening Bas Meerman's drawings. Both the artist ands the editor will be present. You and your friends are cordially invited to the bookpresentation and to the exhibition.
Bas Meerman - Journal intime. Editor's epilogue
The 130 works on paper presented in this book were selected from over 1,000 images produced by the Dutch artist Bas Meerman between 1996 and 2005. They represent a reservoir of visual ideas and figurative articulations from which the artist repeatedly draws inspiration. Yet they are also deliberately constructed ideal worlds whose origins lie in recollected photographs, dream visions and, in some case, even true experiences. Still they represent an "ideal" state that does not conform to reality; they are exaggerated images, much like those with which pornography , for instance, suggests the false promise of endless potency and pleasure. As such, they are artistic blends of the ideal and the pornographic. […] Two important factors rescue these images from the grasp of obscenity. One is their humorous aspect, the other the formal brilliance with which the artist "translates" the themes of his works. Meerman's abstract figures call to mind the refined sophistication of Japanese woodcuts. The artist has undertaken an intensive study of exemplary works of 20th-century art, paying particular attention to the relationships between line and surface, figure and decorative background. I know of no artist who has succeeded in "cooling down" these erotic and sexual themes in such a subtle and formally distinctive manner, thereby removing them completely from the relam of pornography.
Bas Meerman - Journal intime. Artist's statement
In the wee hours when the day was still innocent, I put on some music,
made myself a good cup of coffee and sat down at the kitchen table. I
took a sheet of typing paper, a pencil, a sharpener and an eraser and drew out the images of erotic fantasy in an attempt to record the desire that was filling up my underpants when I awoke. With a small pile of sticky sheets, that nobody was supposed to see, I started my diary in drawings.
At that time, when I was an art student, I did not realize the significance that those reflections of my desire for eroticism and aesthetics would contain. Nor did I realize the influence these drawings would have over the development of my painting. Even today, at this point in my career, I recognize how decisive these drawings have become with regard to the path my life has taken; and how they have helped to protect the dream world in which my art exists from the realities of daily life.
The diary in drawings has proven to be an infinite source of images and inspiration for my painting. For years it has set rhythm and regularity to my life. Sometimes the development of my painting was directly informed by the intimate world of my diary, while at other times it was more remote. But ultimately, my work has always been supported by the small, fragile images made out of pencil, watercolour and collage.
I always wanted to be a good painter-and better in bed.
Berlin, 28th September 2005
Journal intime 1996 - 2005
Hrsg. v. Peter Weiermair