It turned out it wasn't a person, but a situation
Installation view of diarama 'Window'
series '...and suddenly, all is revealed'
Installation view '...and suddenly, all is revealed'
'Haphazard monsters', installation view at galerie dudokdegroot, Amsterdam
Samples of disagreement
Installation view
I'm a myth III
'Algorithm corrupted (though sheer comedy, of course)', installation view
Installation view 'Algorithm corrupted (though sheer comedy, of course)'
Da-ta, da-ta
untitled (crouching figure)
Cover girl
Group show Loods 6
three bearded baby's
The foundling
Three figures in an artificial surrounding
White sheet
Travesty I
Straight story
The pose
Mirror no. 2
untitled (figure seen from below)
untitled (figure seen from below)
The middle place
You may grow up to be a fish
Dark-hearted superhero
untitled (woman holding hand in front of her face)
Split - finger mustache
'The future is old', installation view
'The future is old', installation view
Th future is old
The fraud
'How does your garden grow?', installation view
Mother and child
Nurse with cup of hot choco
Mrs. Fisher
Woman bending over
Smiling man with wounded paw and torn-off sleeves
Doctor putting on glove
A company of three
Laughter at the vicarage
The tree, the girl and the swing
untitled (tree)
'Let's wonder over yonder', installation view
'Back then, the world was bigger', installation view
untitled 5, from the series The teddy-bear conventions
Woman on stool
Man with hat and boy in coat
Man with knife and boy with curls
Woman with washing-up brush and boy
Boy and militaryman

Marijn Akkermans Haphazard monsters

The title of the exhibition is derived from the scientific research method in which haphazard samples are used to gather objective statistics. In daily life the data of this type of research are often used to make generalisations which are not legitimate based on the practised research method. The 'objectivity' of science is sensitive to subjective interpretation. But how do we see and question art?

Marijn Akkermans paints on paper in translucent layers of ink. In recent work the artist's emphasis is on the face. Akkermans doesn't work after photographs or models. We see faces of non-existing persons, as the artist works from his 'unconscious'; "Of course, an art work is never completely unconscious. In the process of making an ink painting there is involuntarily my selection and direction. But even though the imagination is rationally directed, I didn't imagine it up front to 'imagine' it in this particular way. Why do I imagine it, and what does the final result stand for, actually?" Akkermans is concerned with the defects of rationality which lie at the basis of our choices, and of which the deepest sources and causes remain hidden. We only have the surface to project on. "To me a drawing is like a pitch - it's a proposal for projection. But projection is like a ghost. As soon as we try to grasp it, it falls apart."

Among other works Haphazard monsters exhibits the series '...and suddenly, all is revealed', which shows variations of faces faded with fear. Gestures and emotional expressions are scrutinized again and again. The faces don't pose, but react. The series of framed ink paintings partly disappears into the gallery walls, causing a suggestion of the invisible and unknowable.

The triptych 'It turned out it wasn't a person, but a situation' shows a grinning man who is looking at us, the viewer. It's an assemblage of a repetitive painted face, which is tilted, stacked and folded. The triptych consists of ten painted faces which are either visible or partially or completely invisible - due to the folded paper.

The artist book 'Expressions of disagreement' consists of original ink paintings of male faces whom express disagreement, contempt or disgust. Unlike the other works these paintings were put on paper with relative ease. It's a more informal study of variations of a certain facial expression. For the composition of this booklet the sheets of paper were painted on both sides, then folded and bound together. This way the technical procedure is a 'conjugation' of multiple faces, causing new variations of the emotional expression. The booklet doesn't have a cover, and it has no beginning and no ending.

Akkermans: "There is a lot written about how we are directed and determined by digital algorithms, but simultaneously our millennia old biological algorithms shape us as well. Our deepest incentives, which are at the basis of our choices, remain invisible in inimitable contingency. 'Granting' meaning to our choices seems haphazard and irrational. Meaning is merely a hypothesis. Is art the ultimate illusion of free choice and imagination? It appears that my choices are not 'free' choices, they only seem to be disguised as such. As an artist, how can I take a stand for what I do? This quicksand is the fundament of my work."