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Places We Have Never Been Before Robbie cornelissen & Karin van Dam

Karin van Dam (1959) and Robbie Cornelissen (1954) have worked together on several occasions, in 2017 and 2019 they developed installations at the Cacaofabriek Helmond and the Biennale of Karachi, in which they questioned the boundaries between object and image by apposing three dimensional works, drawings and animations. Since then, both artists have explored new paths. After embarking on a journey through Canada, van Dam’s usual focus on urban structures shifted to organic forms and their underlying geometric patterns. In a similar manner, Robbie Cornelissen’s 2019 residency in Japan allowed him to test different realms. In his latest work, the artist lets go of his guiding role as draftsman and gives a wide interpretive scope to the viewer, letting abstraction become part of his drawings. In the central space of the gallery, the work of Cornelissen and Van Dam comes together once again, merging the flat and the three-dimensional, but this time also the architectural and the organic. In this sense, Places We Have Never Been Before refers not only to the artists’ literal exploration of space as a notion, but to the latest shifts in their artistic practices: opening up new dimensions in which to create.

Robbie Cornelissen, Thunder Cloud II, 2021, pencil and graphite on paper. 62 x 185 cm € 4.200, -
Karin van Dam, Traveling City, 2021, plastic, wool, paper, 60 x 42 x 24 cm € 2,600,-
Karin van Dam, Raat, 2021, laser cut felt, 25 x 15 x 9 cm € 1.700, -
Robbie Cornelissen, The Waiting Room, 2021, graphite on paper, 215 x 525 cm. Price on request.
Karin van Dam, Cladonia Fimbriata , 2021, cotton, monofilament, wool, 150 x 185 x 280 cm Price on request.
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2020, wool, silver thread, 15 x 15 x 16 cm € 1,500,-
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, pencil and graphite on paper, 32 x 49 cm € 1,700,-
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, pencil and paper clip, 42 x 30 x 2 cm € 1,800,-
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2021, edition 3, wool, monofilament, metal, plastic, 51 x 52 x 60 cm € 3,300,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Places, 2021, pencil, graphite and watercolour on paper, 21 x 30 cm. Sold.
Robbie Cornelissen, Places, Dormitorio II, 2021, pencil, graphite and watercolour on paper, 22 x 30 cm € 1,500,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Places (St. Maria della Salute), 2021, pencil, graphite, watercolour, 19 x 35.5 cm € 1,500,-
Robbie Cornelissen, History, 2019, pencil on paper, 21 x 22 cm € 900,-
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, graphite, 84 x 30 cm € 1,900,-
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2020, edition of 20, cotton, monofilament, elastic, 23x34x15 cm € 450,-
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, pencil and graphite on paper, 20 x 40 cm € 1,100,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Hot Head, 2019, graphite on paper, 42 x 29.5 cm € 900, -
Robbie Cornelissen, Gratitude, 2021, graphite on paper, 21 x 21 cm € 900,-
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2021, graphite on paper, 30 x 21 cm € 1,000,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Places (Red), 2021, pastel on paper, 30 x 42 cm € 800, -
Robbie Cornelissen, Thunder Cloud I, 2021, pencil and graphite on paper, 21 x 70 cm € 2,500,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Space of Absence, 2021, graphite on paper, 29 x 42 cm € 1,000,-
Robbie Cornelissen, The Island, 2021, pencil and graphite on paper, 21 x 30 cm € 900,-
Karin van Dam, City Cells, 2019, graphite, wood, 29 x 42 x 8 cm € 1,400,-
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2021, plastic, wool, rubber, 36 x 12 x 12 cm € 1,800,-
Robbie Cornelissen, untitled, 2021, graphite on paper, 30 x 21 cm € 900, -
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, graphite on paper, 39 x 29 cm € 1,550,-
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, graphite on paper, 42 x 30 cm € 1,500,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Remanence, 2021, graphite and pastel on paper, 21 x 21 cm € 900, -
Robbie Cornelissen, Naked, 2020, graphite and ballpoint pen on paper, 21 x 29 cm € 1,000,-
Karin van Dam, Shelter, 2019, graphite on paper, 30 x 41 cm € 1,550,-
Karin van Dam, Kolom, 2021, plastic and wool, 67 x 7 x 7 cm € 2,400,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Four Clouds, 2021, graphite on paper, 4 x 21 x 30 cm Not for sale.
Robbie Cornelissen, Tribunal, 2020, graphite and watercolor on paper, 30 x 21 cm € 1,000,-
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2015, graphite on paper, 43 x 29 cm Sold.
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpilllar, 2019, graphite on paper, 59 x 42 cm € 2,200,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Ma, 2019, pencil and graphite on paper, 21 x 30 cm Sold.
Robbie Cornelissen, Grid, 2021, graphite on paper, 21 x 21 cm € 900, -
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, graphite on paper, 40 x 29 cm € 1,550,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Flower, 2019, graphite on paper, 30 x 40 cm € 900, -
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2021, cotton, wool and rubber, 45 x 10 x 10 cm € 2,100,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Cloud II, 2017, graphite and pencil on paper, 18.5 x 38 cm Sold.
Karin van Dam, Traveling Cities, 2019, wool, plastic, rubber and metal, 78 x 32 x 20 cm € 2,900,-
Robbie Cornelissen, Space of Absence, graphite on paper, 3x 21 x 30 cm € 1.050, -
Robbie Cornelissen, Thriller, 2019, graphite on paper, 182 x 220 cm € 8,500,-

During his 2019 Japan residency, Robbie Cornelissen made a series of abstract drawings that he later organized in a grid. Each of them was done individually, rubbing an A-4 page with graphite powder. By placing all the drawings together, a new, encompassing work was born. Since every time he saw this grid he discovered new characteristics and meanings in it (depending on his mood or the light at each hour of the day), the artist began to wonder: where was he as the creator of the work?

Eventually, he decided to embrace the fluid character of the piece and allow the viewer to freely interpret this arrangement of drawings, which were presented in a composition of 64, of 100, and also placed around one of his figurative works: The Waitingroom (fourth artwork in the catalogue).

Karin van Dam, Planet Earth, 2021, iron, 113 x 55 x 55 cm € 3,200,-
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2021, synthetic felt, aluminum, 170 x 67 x 30 cm € 5,000,-

At the Textiel Lab of the Textile Museum Tilburg, Karin van Dam began to experiment with new materials some time ago. Among these was synthetic felt, which she decided to cut using laser in order to create intricate symmetrical patterns. Two works in the Places We Have Never Been Before exhibition feature this technique: an untitled piece that evokes a pair of huge wings -perhaps of a headless insect? - and a smaller piece titled “Raat” or “Cell”, referring to the structure of a honeycomb cell made of laser cut natural felt. Entomological references (related to the study of insects) in van Dam’s work are common, but her focus in these beings’ anatomical features is more of a visual than a taxonomic nature. Like a kind of magnifying glass, the artist takes up some geometric elements within organisms, and constructs works that suggest animal morphology, but do not fully imitate their physique, remaining autonomous works of art in their own right. Karin van Dam's new developments at the Textiellab were carried out with the generous support of the Mondrian Fund.

Karin van Dam, untitled, wool, styrofoam and plastic, 130 x 25 x 25 cm € 4,200,-
Karin van Dam, Black Pearl, 2021, edition of 10, wool and styrofoam, 110 x 13 x 13 cm € 1,250,-
Details of Naked II, Something exists but you cannot see it
Robbie Cornelissen, Naked II, Something exists but you cannot see it, 2021, graphite, 240 x 305 cm Price on request.
Details of Naked II, Something exists but you cannot see it
Karin van Dam, Planet Earth II, 2021, iron wire and aluminum, 75 x 55 x 55 cm € 3,200,-
Karin van Dam, Traveling City, 2019, wood, metal and wool, 90 x 45 x 45 cm € 3.500, -
Karin van Dam, untitled, 2021, plastic, rope, 43 x 70 x 50 cm € 3,200,-
Karin van Dam, Path of the Caterpillar, 2019, graphite on paper, 204 x 74 cm € 3,500
Robbie Cornelissen, Places, Dormitorio I, 2020, pencil, graphite, watercolour on paper, 56 x 75 cm € 2,800,-
Karin van Dam, Cloud, 2021, wool, plastic, 64 x 46 x 66 cm € 2.800, -

Places We Have Never Been Before will be on show at Galerie Maurits van de Laar until June 20, 2021.

For further information on a specific work, please contact the gallery via info@mauritsvandelaar.nl or (+31)-(0)70-3640151.