13 May                     13 Jun 2010

Pulp Machineries

Klaas Kloosterboer


(in the foreground) 07164 (blue suit) (2007)
Installation with costume, video in the background: 08128 (2008)


10140 (two chairs) (2010), 10134 (general words and general painting), 2010 (background)


9101 (Archieman), 2009

Klaas Kloosterboer has assembled his exhibition Pulp Machineries for the Villa Romana in the manner of a three-act chamber play. In each room he explores the creative act as a system of rules from a different angle. In Rules and the Virgin (an allusion to Duchamp) the viewer encounters a women’s suit, the play area shows a suspended men’s suit. The Machine Room presents the creation of Archiemen (a figure of an old dutch comic strip) and wood pulp, the raw material needed for paper production.

Klaas Kloosterboer is a painter, but understands painting as a physical act preceded by a thought process which never quite catches it up. Painting both conceals and reveals. For Kloosterboer, it represents an assault on emptiness as well as on representation. It is his desire to create paintings that are as meaningfully banal and present as objects from everyday life.

Kloosterboer sprays colour onto vast canvasses, he cuts up and perforates the canvas, hurls paint at it, lays out large-size paintings like rugs on the floor and stitches them together to create outsized suits. Painting negates words, masks them, obliterates meaning. Painting is ambiguous. For Kloosterboer it is an act of resistance, a burlesque performance.

Klaas Kloosterboer was born in 1959 and studied at the Rijks Academy of Fine Art in Amsterdam. The Badischer Kunstverein dedicated him a large solo exhibition in 2003. He has taken part in numerous international group exhibitions, including Dumb painting in Utrecht Central Museum and Dhondt-Dhaenens Museum, Deurle (Belgium) and in The Projection Project in the Budapest Kunsthalle. In 2009 he had works in the exhibition New Acquisitions in Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam. The exhibition Pulp Machineries introduces the artist Klaas Kloosterboer to Italy for the first time.