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The Catalog

What am I working on? Mostly I’ve been busy with the ‘Dike Mysticism’ exposition. I just finished the catalog. The exposition has 12 works, many of which you – Mythical Reader – have seen passing by here in this blog.

I produced a catalog that describes the exposition, explains what Dike Mysticism is, and shows the works. As I was writing it, it occurred to me that both the works and the combination of works have many contradictions. Which is what makes the exhibition interesting, I think. The description of the exhibition in te catalog:


“It’s a small show, consisting of twelve works, displayed in a single room. Six works are each depicting the same dike temple. Six other works show six basic life themes like ‘home’ and ‘eating’.

An Impossible Structure
Both the dike temple and life themes paintings are loaded with contradictions. The dike temple is an impossible, self-defeating architectural structure. It cuts through the dike in way that no sane architect would allow. The temple is devoted to the dike and at the same time it renders the dike useless.

Van Doesburg and Beckmann
The six dike temple paintings are quite different in their styles. There is one stark rendering reminiscent of Van Doesburg, with a primal and limited color palette. There is another one in a crypto-symbolic style. Yet they all depict the exact same monument from the exact same perspective.

Can a Car be a Home?
The life themes paintings too are self-contradictory. The home is depicted as a Mercedes car. The child is a snow wolf. Can a car is really be a home / Can an animal really be a child? Although, it’s not entirely impossible…. All life themes are labelled twice, always in two different languages. Like ‘BernChild’ combining the the Frisian word with the English word for child.

Stacked Contradictions
All these contradictions and inconsistencies are stacked upon each other and combined against each other. This makes Dike Mysticism an exposition that many visitors will remember and that could change their view on water, dikes and, who knows, even the basic themes of their lives.

The last of the homehauses

I had finished the homehaus series, but then Dike Mystic Wim Kol came up with another depiction of his Dike Temple, this one inspired by Piranesi. Now there were 6 Dike Mystic paintings and only 5 homehaus works.

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And at the same time, the XP20 group continues. It is still small, 4 active members plus 1 member who communicates through icons only. But we do make ‘communal works’ and we do work on shared themes.

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I love JFX200

Its full name is JFX200-2513. A flatbed printer that my local printing service (Janssen Print in Nijmegen) owns. It’s amazing what they can do with that machine. As a demonstration, they printed a photo on a sidewalk tile in front of their office. After years it is hardly even worn.

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What am I working on? I ordered a new pad of watercolor paper without realizing how big it was. It turned out to be as big as my usual ‘Plan B’ size, 40 x 50 cm. I mean, I know what 40 x 50 cm is, of course. I just hadn’t realized that it was the same size of the canvas boards I use for ‘real’ work.

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Kline has landed

What’s going on? I have several new paintings and projects. And I am getting ready for the Mystic Dike exposition (11 out of 12 works finished and framed). And I found a new technique.

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Riding the B-line

What have I been working on? Basically I have been working on a few ‘big’ works. The blue-and-gold fantasy for instance, a project of my XP20 group; 90 x 90 cm acrylics. And then there is the side line. Plan B. What you do next to the big works.

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What am I working on? I finished something: 8 small works on watercolor paper and framed in sets of two. They are now in our office building, in the hallway. That building is sort of a ‘captive audience’. A very silent audience, now with corona…

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Homehaus in the house!

My homehaus paintings have come back from the printer. I’m excited. Suddenly my studio is full – even fuller – of 90 x 90 paintings

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What am I working on? I have a picture called “I’m not sure that hystericat told the truth”. I was wondering what it would look like in a classical gold frame… As if it were a 140 years old. Unlikely, art-historically speaking, I know, but still…

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