Spatium parallel, exhibition at Art Gallery O-68, Velp, with works by Roos van Dijk (NL) and Andriana Plagketi (GR).
Speech by Margo Slomp, Frank Mohr Institute, Hanzehogeschool Groningen.
Roos van Dijk and Andriana Plagketi obtained a Master of Fine Art degree (MFA) at the Frank Mohr Institute in 2018 and had a joint graduation exhibition. Now they continue their artistic conversation in Art Gallery O-68 with the title “Spatium parallel. For both artists, geometry is important, space, spatium, but in parallel worlds.
Roos van Dijk
As part of her Frank Mohr curriculum, Roos studied at Hunter College New York, where her work underwent a transformation. While her focus had previously already shifted from abstraction to construction, in New York it shifted from painting as image to painting as object. What remained is the grid, sometimes as the material on which she applies the paint, e.g., corduroy instead of canvas. She lets the material work for her. Van Dijk does not use the grid to achieve proportional precision, but as the subject of artistic exploration.
The artistic practice of Andriana Plagketi is also focused on abstract painting, in particular, geometric abstraction. Her work shows environments in which geometric shapes unfold and create a rhythm in an imaginary space. Shapes, colours and lines are displayed simply and clearly. They give the viewer the opportunity to make visual simulations instead of memories and correlations with existing images. She also uses carriers other than canvas.