With fabrics soaked in polyester, Ivo Rijkers suggests the contours of a body underneath draped fabrics. What fabrics do, more than anything, is reveal by concealing; something the Greek mastered to perfection. Like his predecessors, Ivo Rijkers is trying to find new forms of figurative art. He approaches polyester and bronze faces and busts from an almost suffocating perspective and by doing so he opts for a contemporary position in the tradition of his art domain. In the bronze casting the original irregularities of the casting skin are respected as much as possible. The casting skin is a dim, granular layer with different hues, caused by the chemical compound of the liquid bronze and the mould. These hues on the casting skin reflect a kind of rawness and carnality, which can be seen as an important metaphor for our own vulnerable corporality.
Ivo Rijkers (Etten-Leur, 1976), who lives in Haarlem, started his training at the Municipal Institute of Ornamental Arts and Crafts (SISA) in Antwerp. He graduated from the Academy for Fine Arts in Maastricht. Since 2010 he is represented by the Amstel Gallery. This internationally oriented gallery represents artists from the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Stated and participates in various international art fairs. …Read More