Pim Blokker approaches the canvas as a game board. In his work the
perspective continuously shifts or stretches out, and formal qualities
and the physical act of painting both collide and merge. Blokker is not
interested in illusion making but in linking personal associations to
new depictions of reality. He sees the collective consciousness as
something without a structure, end, or beginning, and plays with our
fixed connotations and expectations of reality. This he does through
juxtaposition, a confrontational use of logic and a slapstick kind of
The lightness of a joke sets off the gravity of tragedy and visa versa. Juxtaposing hilarity and horror, two emotional extremes, allows him to examine somber issues in a playful way, to pass off absurdities as logical and to undermine seemingly established facts.
His work shows a certain lightness and openness what is particularly evident in the wall paintings he created especially for the gallery. The brushstrokes have a leisure like quality and remind of the optimism of some 1950’s paintings. Blokker knows his classics and can borrow iconography from the 80’s to give his own interpretation of all he likes to use.
Pim Blokker lives and works in Amsterdam (NL).
|2019||Foire International Contemporary Art Fair, Paris|
|2017||I used to be a liquor store” Villa de Bank, Kunstruimte, Enschede|
|2016||Edel Assanti, London|
|2016||This and That, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam|
|2011||Chewing Gum as Constellation, Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam|
|2019||Looking at the world through rose coloured glasses, Plus-One Gallery, Antwerp|
|2018||Lust, Laughter & Liquor, Plus-One Gallery, Antwerp|