No Ruins No Ghosts

No Ruins, No Ghosts – Marjolijn de Wit

from Saturday 7 March till Saturday 11 April, 2020

Gerhard Hofland is proud to present No Ruins, No Ghosts, the first solo exhibition of Dutch artist Marjolijn de Wit (1979, Bennekom, NL) with the gallery. Having exhibited primarily abroad in recent years, No Ruins, No Ghosts marks De Wit’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands since 2016.

The works of Marjolijn de Wit appear like vivid puzzles asking to be solved. Often composed from a random mixture of various elements of flora and fauna such as leaves, birds, or flower petals, De Wit disturbs their hierarchy by adding human made objects, abstract painterly shapes, and playing with size, scale and composition that resembles the technique of collage.

Throughout the rich canvasses, every object and element together resembles the act of a (future) archaeology, challenging the spectator to speculate on the relationship between all parts of the paintings. Unrelated objects appear as debris of a story that has yet to take place, even if it is only in the mind of the spectator entirely. They are the rubble of our society, in which nature is ever so often disrupted by the human urge to control it, and of which De Wit’s works provide a frame for the spectator to constantly find new narratives.

Distinctive to the practice of De Wit is her use of contemporary signifiers; photographs, records, or pieces that resemble (torn) drawings continuously refer to forms of human creation and the existence of culture as oppositional to the wilderness of nature. Also in her techniques and use of painterly materials De Wit finds balance between aptly directed structures and the freedom of painting. Deliberately anti-aesthetic at times, she often works in a wet-on-wet technique that gives her work a true painterly atmosphere and that echoes the joy she finds in the act of making. What remains, in the end, for the spectator, is the continuously tantalising question of what the narrative of your history will read like, and the challenge to keep solving the puzzle of everything De Wit presents us in her vibrant paintings.

 

(Text by: Menno Vuister)

Other Parts Of The Scene

Italy. Milano. Otto zoo. 2019. MARJOLIJN DE WIT exhibition.
Artwork by Marjolijn de Wit
Italy. Milano. Otto zoo. 2019. MARJOLIJN DE WIT exhibition.

Photographs by Lica Vianello

Expo Chicago

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Expo Chicago 2018

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More Than Just Another, 2019, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm.

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Other Parts of the Scene, 2018, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm

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Matters, 2018, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm.

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Stone and Rubble, 2018, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm.

 

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Expo Chicago 2018

How Things Act

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How Things Act
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How Things Act, 2016, oil on canvas, 200 x 170 cm.

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Irrefutable, 2017, oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm

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Shifting Shuffled, 2017, oil on canvas, 125 x 110 cm

NADA NY

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NADA NY, 2018, Asya Geisberg Gallery, with Angelina Gualdoni (paintings) and Marjolijn de Wit (ceramics). Phototgraphy by Etienne Frossard

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Bricks, Bones, Cuts & Stones

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Is that all there is..

“Is that all there is…. Is that all there is…. Then let’s keep dancing”, zong Peggy Lee in 1969 met haar sensuele stem. Dromen, diepe verlangens, grootse ervaringen: alles wordt ingehaald en als het ware geneutraliseerd door de tijd. Wat rest is de ontgoocheling: is that all there is? Then let’s break out the booze and have a ball!

Is that all there is? Het moment van ‘ontgoocheling’ is een moment van reflectie, een tussenmoment waarin nieuwe verbanden kunnen worden gecreëerd en andere energieën kunnen worden aangesproken.

Wafae Ahalouch en Marjolijn de Wit hebben het idee van dat tussenmoment als uitgangspunt ingezet voor hun gezamenlijke presentatie bij De Nederlandsche Bank. Die installatie oogt als een kijkdoos, een ruimtelijke collage waarin twee werelden bij elkaar worden gebracht. Met losse elementen bouwden ze aan een structuur die ruim baan biedt aan grilligheden en onverwachte vergezichten. Ahalouch en De Wit nodigen u graag uit in hun theater van het leven.

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Groupshow in Arti Amsterdam, with Stephan Jäschke (DE), Laurent Proux (FR), Tillmann Terbuyken (DE), Marjolijn de Wit, Thijs Rhijnsburger, Arthur Stokvis, Bonno van Doorn.

De Beuk Erin

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I Propose that we take a walk together

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summershow

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Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale

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Pots Are Not People

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Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present “Pots Are Not People”, an exhibition of ceramic-photographic collage, painting, sculpture, and installation by Amsterdam-based Marjolijn de Wit. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. In “Pots Are Not People”, de Wit appropriates photo-based imagery in combination with raw, glazed, or photo-printed ceramic pieces to explore ideas of future archeology, the interpretation of history, and our relationship with nature and the built environment. De Wit’s ceramics evade specific clarification and instead hover between authentic remnants and evocative constructed objects. The artist inserts her counterfeit pieces onto encyclopedic images of vast landscapes, suggesting the subversion of history through archeological analysis.

The daylightshow

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Circa dit

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IMPULSE, Pulse NY

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Re Rotterdam 2013

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EKWC

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Abstract Gardening

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May Rundgang

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Rijksakademie open 2009

 

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Rijksakademie open 2008

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The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam is a working and meeting place for artists from all over the world. Fifty resident artists can work for one or two years on research, experiment, projects and production. In addition to extensive technical workshops, the facilities include a library, artists’ documentation and art collections. Once a year you get the opportunity to see the work of the artists in their studio.

Brabant Nu

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This land is your land

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Uncommon ground

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