I often write and reflect on exhibition visits I make. Last weekend took me to such a visit, but one that had a small extra significance. My daughter Nynke and five of her peers, from the art school where they are studying. were presenting work that they had made in the last year or so.
Apart from obviously putting their creative output out into a public environment the purpose was very definitely meant as part of a learning process of familiarizing themselves with all the issues and detail that come with exhibiting their work in a gallery space. Things like the pressures, particularly of the last week of preparation, are only aspects of exhibiting that you can learn about through the experience of going through it all for yourself!
Personally, it was great to see Nynke’s work first hand and close-up. Inevitably we have seen rather too much the last couple of years only in photographic form. And so, on Saturday afternoon we joined a considerable crowd at the opening afternoon at the Omstand gallery in Arnhem.
The exhibition looked good together and the diverse work combined well. But as a parent your eyes are inevitably very much on the work of the family’s next generation and Nynke’s work looked good in the space. It showed ambition to create complex and technically well worked out large-scale statements. A proud parent moment!!