Michael Van den Besselaar: Nostalgic About the Future #2


Nostalgic  About The Future #2, 2009
Oil on canvas
75 x 75 in

© Michael Van den Besselaar

The worlds in Van den Besselaar’s paintings with their many confusing aspects and layers of complexity are at once familiar and unnatural – they are real rooms and spaces inflected by a strong imagination that slips into dreamy fantasy. A mélange of architectonic forms signify the idyllic future to which these paintings so eloquently attest and is a metaphor for a utopian gesture of shared public concerns in the future to a somber sense of the past along with a view of the present as confronted by uneven and unpredictable historical trajectory.

Courtesy Black & White Gallery/Project Space
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