A comprehensive monograph, including preparatory documents and two essays by Jens Hoffmann
and Alessandro Rabottini to better understand the delicate paintings of Dutch artist Maaike Schoorel.
The publication is introduced by a set of photographic archive images representing the formal and iconographic sources of the paintings, which are then shown in a chromatic sequence highlighting the artist's deep research on colors, light and space. The installation views of Schoorel's recent exhibitions, presented at Fondazione Memmo in Rome and in the frame of the 20th Biennale of Sydney, show the multifaceted relationships between the works and the spaces where they are installed.
Texts by Jens Hoffmann (“Maaike Schoorel: Inside the Visible”) and Alessandro Rabottini (“Carving Memories: Photography and Gesture in Maaike Schoorel's Paintings”) are thorough analyses of the artist's practice and research. Hoffmann focuses on the “delicate line between representation and abstraction” in Schoorel's works, highlighting their originality as well as their historical references, particularly in Dutch masters art. Rabottini writes about the “visual traces” vibrating in the artist's paintings, where the fascinating dialectic between memory and reduction, distance and mediation creates new visual experiences.
Published following the group exhibition “Conversation Piece—Part 2” at Fondazione Memmo in Rome from March 6 to April 3, 2016, and the artist exhibition at the 20th Biennale of Sydney, from March 18 to June 5, 2016.
Born 1973 in Santpoort, Netherlands, Maaike Schoorel lives and works in New York.