William Bock’s Fine Art & Frames in conjunction with The Williams Gallery of Princeton, NJ present for the first time in the United States a series of etchings titled “Home” by Rolf Weijburg
Homes around the world: The travels and etchings of Dutch artist Rolf Weijburg
The show will feature eight works from the "Home" series representing selected cities around the world, including Manhattan, New York; Bangkok, Thailand; Serifos, Greece and Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Serifos, Greece © 2002 Rolf Weijburg
When: January 25 - March 1, 2003.
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Praha © 2002 Rolf Weijburg
The series reflects the idea of homes, away from home, where the artist has visited. Weijburg states:
“It’s about the feeling (almost of voyeurism) one gets when traveling through all these places, among all the houses where people live their lives, where people are “Home” while I’m just passing through - a stranger who briefly shares their “Home”.
On maps each of these cities are mere points and dots that represent real places with an incredible diversity of constructions and environments called “Home” by the residents. In Weijburg’s vivid etchings the Dutch artist captures the flavor and feeling of each location. For example, the etching "Home: Manhattan" created in year 2000 portrays just that. Manhattan is home to so many and Weijburg, visiting from the Netherlands, considered it a ‘home’ to return to and record. He delicately infuses the crispness of a fall day, numerous architectural details and even a refrain from the song “New York, New York” into his striking rendition of the New York City Skyline.
About the Artist
Rolf Weijburg was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 1952. Originally studying social geography and cartography at the University of Utrecht, he switched to the Academy of Fine Arts in the same town and concentrated on printmaking and the graphic arts. He has followed the tradition of many Dutch artists since the 17th century who traveled abroad, usually to the southern regions of Europe. After extensive travels through Southern and Eastern Europe. His travels have now extended to major cities around the world.
His etchings turned to Africa following a year’s voyage through the Middle-East, and East and Central Africa, in 1979. Many more travels through and around the African continent have followed, providing him with an endless flow of inspiration. A few of these earlier works will also be on exhibit in this show
His work would best be described as ‘travel stories’ or, as: "a documented inventory of various parts of the world -- a Dutch artist’s way to remember his journeys and share them with us." The late Franz Geierhaas, teacher and art historian, in his book The Creative Act spoke of the this passion for traveling as satisfying an artist’s need to explore diverse cultural, social, geographical and aesthetic components abroad. Additionally, in Rolf’s case his passion for traveling and gathering in the world as a yearning ‘almost Rousseauian’ for the simple life -- a return to nature.
The islands around Africa are the subject of "L’Afrique Peripherique," a project Weijburg started in 1986. A superb draftsman, Weijburg makes many sketches en route, takes photographs, and audio-recordings of sounds encountered. These recordings on paper, film and tape become the working material for the etchings when the artist returns to his studio in Utrecht.
Being a cartographer as well as a print maker, Weijburg’s images are often superimposed on a map of the region whence the image stems. As further aids to the viewer there are small inset maps of the African continent with the pertinent country indicated. In the introduction to his Book published in Dutch in 2000 the artist states:
"I found the common denominator for my series: the islands surrounding Africa. There were enough to keep me occupied for a number of years and not too many to make my undertaking impossible. It had to be a series of colour etchings. And to make them I traveled from 1986 to all the inhabited island groups. From Lamu to Rodrigues, from the Dah’lak Islands to the Seychelles, from Tristan da Cynha to Malta."
A major exhibition in The Singer Museum in the Netherlands and the publication of a book depicting all of the etchings from L’Afrique Peripherique together with travel stories and other illustrations marked the end of this project in 2000. In 1992 Rolf Weijburg won the Dutch National Prize for the Graphic Arts
Also on display are contemporary paintings, prints and sculpture by gallery artists.
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