This is the start of a period that the gallery operates in New York.

We will be back at our old address in Amsterdam from September 2010 on.

Benoît Hermans, Mind the Gap

‘What happens if you repair a hole in a wall with the aid of a face: And what if you first painted a famous composer’s head on burlap, then wounded it and then plugged up the hole with the aid of a Vermeer?’ Benoît Hermans’ works are created from a continual interaction between iconoclastic violence and highly imaginative repairs. In spite of multiplication and the occasional hybridization of the storylines that result from this, freedom of the imagination and the gaze always remain the starting point.

Benoît Hermans found out a quit exceptional use of the collage. ‘Normally’ the collage is based on the play of references of its elements. For Hermans the visual interaction between the elements is predominant to the original references, His collages have a coherence, in which even the diversity of mediums functions as a visual unity. In the words of Rudi Fuchs: ‘.. these built-up constructions behave like a paintings.’ Rudi Fuchs judges: ‘in the strange and inimitable gambolling poetry of Benoît Hermans’ stories, such substitutions of motifs only the beginning…. perhaps I can prompt others to look at this mythical works in this way: to read and taste them with lingering eyes.

As part of the “5 Dutch Days in 5 Burroughs of New York” 5 Dutch galleries present a Dutch artist. The solo of Benoît Hermans will be the first time opportunity to see this unique work, which is deeply rooted in the European traditions, in the USA.

It's so hard to be a saint in the city, 2009, 70 x 50 cm

Mind the Gap, a solo-exhibition of Benoît Hermans in 'Going Dutch', 547 West 27th street, 5th floor, Chelsea, New York, NY 10001, USA
November 12 till December 12, 2009
Open on Tuesday - Saturday noon till 6 p.m.

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