Slow, Slow, Fast, Fast
Koen Taselaar (b. 1986) is a visual artist based in Rotterdam who primarily works with drawing, printmaking and, more recently, ceramics. In 2014, he participated in the group show For the Record at KRETS, curated in collaboration with Plan B (Amsterdam). We are now excited to present Slow, Slow, Fast, Fast – his first solo exhibition outside the Netherlands.
Taselaar’s work targets hands-on and direct media that allows a certain intuitive approach, conveying a vivid curiosity about the surrounding world rather than focusing on rigid conceptual ideas. He strongly relates to what the art critic Jan Verwoert proposes as ’a third way of making art’: something that happens, something one does while living. Verwoert describes making art not as a heroic act but as something domestic, like doing the dishes (something that needs to be done).
Recently, Taselaar has expanded his means of expression beyond the two-dimensional. Slow, Slow, Fast, Fast comprises a series of ceramic objects ghostly yet humorously occupying a group of plinths. Seemingly haphazardly assembled, these vessels of different sizes and colors channel somewhat cryptic associations; as if being part of everyday rituals in some parallel time or place. Evocative of both primordial fetishes and contemporary cartoons, they combine the clay’s immediacy with archetypical facial features, merging the monstrous with the twisted and the tactile.
Koen Taselaar graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2008. His work is included in several public collections and has been exhibited at institutions and galleries such as Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (2016); Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2016); Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2015); Nest, Den Haag (2015); Garage, Rotterdam (2015) and MOTI, Breda (2011). He has published several artist’s books, and during a recent residency at CARF in Kolkata (2016) he explored different lo-fi printmaking techniques practiced in Baithakkhana.