January 10, 2007 - Museum Het Domein - Rik Meijers
January 10, 2007

Rik Meijers

Rik Meijers, Couple (detail), 2006, 240 x 180 cm, mixed media on canvas 

Rik Meijers 
Dont do that any more

Paintings, drawings, objects
20 Jan – 11 Mar 2007

Tues Sun 11.00 am 5.00 pm
Opening Fri 19 Jan 2007, 17.00h.

Museum Het Domein Sittard
Kapittelstraat 6
6131 ER Sittard
T 31 (0)46 4513460
F 31 (0)46 4529111

Dont do that any more Dutch artist Rik Meijers presents two years after his last solo show an overview of his artistic oeuvre in Museum Het Domein. Alongside the Mystical Portraits that are a recurrent feature in the work, the artist will be presenting recent paintings and works never previously on public display, such as painted bottles and polaroids. Here, Meijers is not only referring to low culture and unpretentious, salt-of-the-earth folk art, but to logos, secularized or not, and Art Brut. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue / artist book.

Fabulous figures still populate the world of Rik Meijers, (1963), who lives and works in Sittard. It is a domain where martyrs, prophets, mystics and gurus rub shoulder with pin-ups, vagrants, hippies and members of his family. The projection of their images on top of and over each other is the basis of the canvases onto which paint is literally layered, along with less traditional materials like tar and feathers, bottlecaps, shards of glass and beads. These collective personalities are shown in close up and embody alien (de)formations, and the capricious, illogical impact that reality exercises on the individual. This, however, the artist accomplishes without adopting a determinist position: the works are impossible to place in a background or context and elude judgement. For Meijers, representing and animating his protagonists is what its all about. With this, the artist does not liberate his figures from the margins of society to place them at its centre, but transports the viewer to the edge where he or she is suddenly catapulted into the role of freak, to be feasted upon by myriads of eyes. Meijers literally gives the images ‘body’ by his use of materials, in particular fashioning faces that have escaped the margin and surface through the layers to loom suddenly before the viewer. His paintings are almost exorcisms that evoke images that we intuit, but cannot know.

A catalogue/artists book with an introduction by Dominic van den Boogerd accompanies the exhibition. The book is inspired by fanzines that emanate the same mood as Meijers idiosyncratic choice of themes and materials. During the opening on Friday 19 January, Rik Meijers will perform with the band Chomain Vasser. This will be followed in March by a concert evening with Chomain Vasser in the context of the new events series Sound-Zone organized by Museum Het Domein, and which is devoted to the connection between the fine arts and pop music, a key aspect of the 2007 exhibition programme.

The T-time (discussion session) for the Rik Meijers exhibition will be held on Sunday 25 February 2007 from 12.30 14.00 h.

More information and images are available in the press section of the homepage at www.hetdomein.nl . Or contact Karin Adams or Lene ter Haar on 31 (0) 46 451 34 60; karin.adams@hetdomein.nl.

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