International 2011 Archives
Marjolin De Wit, Abstract Gardening
Otto Zoo, Milano (Italy).
18.05 – 15.07.2011
Otto Zoo gallery is pleased to present Abstract Gardening, the first Italian exhibition of Dutch artist, Marjolijn De Wit, who has recently completed two prestigious European residencies: the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and the Lia in Leipzig.
The exhibition focuses on a central theme of De Wit's work: the intervention of man over Nature that has now become a global influence on our perception, to the point where the boundary between natural and artificial has almost disappeared. She is interested in Nature as constructed by humans, romanticized in parks and wilderness preserves, commercialized in eco-
These are the scenarios by which the artist is attracted to and through which -
The installation Abstract Gardening brings together a series of works that are inspired by the art of gardening and its tools and techniques. Large oil paintings on display, small gouache, silk screens, collages and ceramic sculptures often used in conjunction with other materials like plastic and dried seaweed. The subjects are metaphysical forests, still-
Her work lacks a moralistic attitude towards the environmental consequences of the continuing abuse of humans on nature; however we can sense the underlying assumption that no longer exists an idea of pure and unspoiled nature, with all the consequences that this entails.
Exhibition 18 May -
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Marjolijn De Wit, Artificial Reef, 2009. Oil on canvas, 190 x 200 cm
In the Fifties, during a trip to America, Theodor W. Adorno lamented the American landscapes, he found them to be depressing, so crudely savage. "They are without the mild, soothing, un-