Exhibition in Art Gallery O-68 10 March – 7 April ‘Getting There’
The theme “Getting There” that Helen chose for this exhibition refers to: “How do I go from drawing to spatial work”. And there is much to say and see about that step. Her studios in France and The Netherlands are archives of sketches, drawings, watercolors, and models in paper, wood, ceramics, aluminum, bronze and steel. This archive forms the basis for her large sculptures. The studies and models are works of art in themselves and will be on display and for sale in the Art Gallery o-68 exhibition “Getting There” along with the sculptures.
Large sculpture made for this exhibition
Bronze unica from 2009:
Works on paper to get to the sculptures
In the gallery:
Helen Vergouwen’s sculptures refer to maps of houses, cities or places where she has been. These are imagined memories solidified in the sturdy material that the sculptures are made of: wood, bronze and corten steel. The structure of the material is important. Her works are about forms, usually geometric forms, but sometimes also irregular, more organic forms. Vergouwen plays with opposites such as open versus closed, rough versus smooth, inside versus outside. Geometric abstract art, but intuitive, not calculated. Helen releases emotion by letting you look at a form made from rusty steel. The attraction of her sculptures is reinforced by her masterly command of the materials she uses and the precision of her work.
Helen Vergouwen (1960) lives, works and exhibits both in the Netherlands and in France. She studied at St. Joost Academy in Breda. Her work is exhibited in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and Sweden. Her artworks are included in collections such as Nagy-Nemes, Budapest (HU), CIAC Center International d ‘Art Contemporary in Carros (FR), MAGI’900, Bologna (IT) and Gorcums Museum Gorinchem (NL).