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Grimm is proud to announce the first solo exhibition with Willem Weismann in Amsterdam.

“Weismann’s paintings can be viewed as some kind of archaeology of contemporary society and human progress. […] We have in Willem Weismann an artist who clearly delights in the absurdity of human existence. Comic books, video games and cinema play an important part of his work, the odd and the bizarre, the cast offs and the outcasts. We have symbolic objects, signs and signals to another realm that lies under the broken pavements and points to a world in constant flux and change.”
-Ben Austin

Weismann (NL, 1977) presents a suite of new paintings based on the structure of a house. The title Flashback cont’d, written in screenplay abbreviation, refers to the narrative technique used in film that takes viewers back in time and supplies background and context for current events. Simultaneously, the title refers to both the construed nature of these paintings and the importance of narrative and time embedded in them.


Works

New heights, new lows

Willem Weismann

2017

Oil on canvas, framed

Unframed: 160 x 130 cm | 63 x 51 1/8 in Framed: 161.5 x 131 x 4 cm | 63 3/8 x 51 5/8 x 1 5/8 in

The shadow behind the wall

Willem Weismann

2017

Oil on canvas, framed

95 x 80 cm | 37 3/8 x 31 1/2 in framed: 90.5 x 81.5 x 4 cm | 35 5/8 x 32 1/8 x 1 5/8 in

Old wine

Willem Weismann

2017

Oil on canvas, framed

Unframed: 210 x 160 cm | 82 5/8 x 63 in Framed: 212 x 161.4 x 4 cm | 83 1/2 x 63 1/2 x 1 5/8 in

How does your garden grow

Willem Weismann

2017

Oil on canvas, framed

Unframed: 180 x 240 cm | 70 7/8 x 94 1/2 in Framed: 181.8 x 241.4 x 4 cm | 71 5/8 x 95 1/8 x 1 5/8 in

Live long and die out

Willem Weismann

2017

Oil on canvas, framed

Unframed: 100 x 85 cm | 39 3/8 x 33 1/2 in Framed: 101 x 86 x 4 cm | 39 3/4 x 33 7/8 x 1 5/8 in

Tired night

Willem Weismann

2016

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 115 x 100 cm | 45 1/4 x 39 3/8 in Framed: 119.2 x 104.2 x 5.2 cm | 46 7/8 x 41 1/8 x 2 1/8 in


Artists

Willem Weismann

Discovering what lies behind a facade, or beneath our feet beyond the smooth surface of the pavement, is a central motif in Weismann’s work. His works depict absurd urban environments; various rooms cluttered with debris of contemporary life and the excess of consumerism. Bathed in a beautiful light, these vibrant scenes in chromatic hues are at once eerily familiar and unsettling, confronting us with the direct aftermath of our existence.


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