November 21, 2009 - Stroom Den Haag - Thom Vink
November 21, 2009

Thom Vink

Thom Vink, Moth House, 2009. Still from digital video animation.

Thom Vink
Moth House

November 22, 2009 – January 17, 2010

Stroom Den Haag
Hogewal 1-9
2514 HA The Hague
The Netherlands
Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5 pm
T +31-70 3658985
info [​at​] stroom.nl

www.stroom.nl

During the past few years, Thom Vink has worked on a consistent body of work. His approach can best be described as a series of attempts to understand the city and its architecture as an organic process. Where urbanists, property developers and politicians who believe that social change can be effected through public policies would like us to believe that a city develops on the basis of rational considerations, consensus, specific expertise and according to pre-established plans, this artist whispers poetic and occasionally unsettling footnotes. Stroom Den Haag presents the first retrospective of this artist in the Netherlands.

In his work Thom Vink works with fascinating and remarkable analogies to methods from psychotherapy, forms of abstract art, biological structures, physical perceptual phenomena and literary and non-literary narratives. He draws a great deal of inspiration from the pre-Google era. The encyclopaedias from that age, with compact information about indisputable truths, illustrated by mysterious images and fascinating graphs, form a rich source. By carefully selecting and rearranging these images he changes their aesthetics and gives them new meaning.

Thom Vink (1965, Leiden, NL) graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 1990. A major part of the year he spends abroad, primarily in Finland and Japan. Solo exhibitions include ‘Evidence’ in gallery Muu in Helsinki, Finland (2004); ‘Home’ in gallery 300m3 in Gothenburg, Sweden (2004); ‘Complex’ in Aaltonen Museum in Turku, Finland (2005); and ‘Changers’ in Youkobo Art Space in Tokyo, Japan (2009).

His exhibition ‘Moth House’ at Stroom Den Haag is the latest installment in Stroom’s series of solo presentations by artists like Mark Handforth (2005), Calin Dan (2006) and Toby Paterson (2007). The power and originality of their work is of great value for everyone interested in the urban environment.

Free guided tours of the exhibition on Sunday November 29, December 13 and January 10 at 3 pm.

Acknowledgement: Mondriaan Foundation Amsterdam; Turku Art Museum, Turku, Finland; Natural Science, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Department of Mineralogy, Graz, Austria; Denmark’s Aquarium, Copenhagen.

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