New exhibition in Flux building

“De Verbeelding” ("Imagination")

A selection from the TU/e art collection is now on display in the Flux building, floors 1-3.

"De Verbeelding" is an exhibition of figurative art in which personal interpretation is a decisive factor. The participating artists have taken ample liberty to visualize their ideas. Imagination often plays tricks with reality. This may be in a poetic, a mysterious, playful, pleasant or unattractive way. Unease too appears in the images in this exhibition. Some visualizations lead an extraordinary existence. The images seem to come fron another world: a world in which reality and fiction intermingle.

Imagination can appear in various forms: ideas, visions, dreams, fantasies, tricks of the mind, brainwaves, in short: images from the brain. The artists taking part in this exhibition have transformed all these into prints, photographs and drawings. Their works tell of many personal quests, either serious or tongue-in-cheek. The further the artist distances him or herself from the real world, the more imagination comes to life.

Not only the maker, the viewer as well must have a healthy degree of imagination to interpret the works of art. If reality changes in an abstract representation then the viewer must use his or her imagination. On floor 3, artist Lode Pemmelaar unfolds his boxes on a flat base, in coloured areas and strict lines. The power of his work lies in the simplicity of the image. He does not show everything, the viewer must complete the image for him or herself. This process takes place in the mind. 

The subjects themselves of the art that is presented may also imagine. The children from Mali on the photographs by Sofie Knijff (floor 1) are no journalists or actors but present themselves to us as such in their child's fantasy. The imagination is strengthened by the way the photographer catches the images of the children.
Stijn Peeters makes himself the subject of his "Into the doghouse" drawings (floor 1), with a fair degree of self-mockery. He visualizes his own life as a dog, which does not seem unpleasant at all.

Meanings are not always straightforward and cannot always be understood immediately. Imagination teaches you to look further than what you learned, or that of which you are convinced.
Artists present their own universe using objects or situations, and by doing so often purposely give the opportunity for multiple interpretations. The viewer interprets the images, and the more imagination he or she has, the more intensely he or she can experience the art. 

More prints, photographs and drawings are available to TU/e employees via the TU/e Art Lending Library.