Quote from: Hans Kuijs - Ibidem 2011
Podium DAK, Geldrop, 10 t / m 25 September 2011 Ibidem
This exhibition is a man central: Hans Kuijs.
Over seven years ago, I was invited by Hans speak a few words at his exhibition "So far it goes ... `in the Stedelijk Museum Roermond (April 2004). On that occasion I expressed my astonishment about the work of Hans based on three concepts: space, time and meaning.
Now, seven years later, he exhibited under the title "Ibidem". He shows paintings, watercolors, drawings and some spatial images.
And again I want to express my amazement.
Firstly, the title of his exhibition: Ibidem.
I have wondered about it, without having spoken with Hans about.
Ibidem is Latin and means `there` or `the same place`. It is a word that is primarily used when citing books, articles and legal articles. Ibidem thus serves as a reference.
The question I am asked: What referential function can Ibidem here?
Incidentally, I note that the work of Hans Kuijs should be read. In our attempt to understand it, we have to take it in hand, view and interpret. That this is not read scripture signs, is irrelevant, even pictographs its forms. So this aside.
Again referring Which function can Ibidem here?
Where is my view point is that Hans us with the title Ibid alerts at what he Geldrop shows not isolated.
Of course we each image, each and every drawing watercolor self identity examine and admire. But its interpretation is not entirely specific image if we do not place in the larger whole of his work, his exhibitions and everything that goes with it.
In my eyes, Ibidem an apple to look further than this exhibition, and our amazement expand in time and space.
With that thought begins my two astonishment.
Following his stay in India, published earlier this year, a beautiful publication dedicated to the man Hans Kuijs. The title reads: "I am ....", and right underneath `Hans Kuijs - India 2010`.
Only subsequently falls on the title of the publication at the bottom of the cover passes. The words "I am" are getting a sequel in the words "... the sum total of what I make."
"I am ... the sum total of what I do!" Let these words affect you.
I find it tempting to see Ibidem as a reference to this statement: "I am ... the sum total of what I do!"
But there`s more!
I just said that the publication is about the man Hans Kuijs.
Man ... that is more than an artist.
Of course ... Hans Kuijs is an artist! What we Geldrop behold we call art. And let there be no doubt. That is right!
Hans has the talent and ability to shape his imagination in a way that not only wonder, but also deserves admiration. He has managed to develop a visual language that is specific, a visual language that is detached from what others are doing.
In other words: If we want to describe his work, we can no longer suffice to say that his imagery like this or that, no ... every drawing, watercolor, etc. each is unmistakably Hans Kuijs. Another way: who uses a similar imagery runs the risk of being seen as a copyist of Hans Kuijs, the artist. What we witness in Geldrop is art.
But I see it: Hans Kuijs is more than an artist, he is human!
In her text begins with the deliberate publication Gabi Stoffels, curator of Museum van Bommel van Dam her text: "... I am an artist, philosopher, traveler `. It is not clear to me whether this is a quote, but the words do justice to the images and poems by Hans Kuijs in this publication. Artist, traveler, philosopher or poet ... Hans Kuijs is human. Hence the words: I am ...!
In my amazement about the work of Hans Kuijs and this exhibition I therefore suggest: Ibid refers to the statement `I am ....`
What we see here in Geldrop is a way of being.
We see action solidified energy.
We see images experience.
We see expressions and reflections.
What we see is a reflection of Hans Kuijs, of his existence as a human being.
These are big words. Yet I have consciously chosen.
It is known that you may Hans Kuijs is attracted to the Tantric Buddhism, also called Vajrayana.
I`m not the person to prepare a lot to say. I want Tantrism only touch with some important notions therefor. In this connection I call `enlightenment`, `understanding`, `cause and effect` and `experience`.
If I were the descriptions of Tantric Buddhism follow, stands in his philosophical-religious world is not faith, but the experience is central. Through the experience of man gains insight into fearless wisdom, spontaneous joy and energetic love. And through experience, the man most directly identify with lighting.
In the conversation I prior to this exhibition with Hans Kuijs I`ve had, I realized how images are linked to the ontological questions that Hans Kuijs dealing with his questions and his experiences as a human being.
Hans Kuijs is convinced that actions matter and meaningful.
The act gives people opportunities to unravel his - or perhaps better: the illusion of being.
This becomes clear when we understand his actions as energetic moments, sandwiched between cause and effect.
In that act falling energy conscious and unconscious experiences of time and space together.
In that act of energy to think and feel a way.
Pure action is always a pure expression of his.
Therefore Hans Kuijs say I am ... what I make.
His painting and drawing are a reflection of who he is.
Of course as an artist, but also as a human being!
His current preference for watercolor as a medium, can not be separated from his desire to the image that his act is established to keep clean. Unlike oil painting, watercolor painting is no correction. In this sense, the watercolor a fair reflection of the act underlying condition. It is a pure reflection of His.
You and I can marvel at the work of Hans Kuijs
We can marvel at the colors, shapes and motifs.
We can marvel at the visual imagination
We can wonder about the artist Hans Kuijs
And we can marvel at the man Hans Kuijs
And if I understand it correctly, that gets into the act wonder energy of Hans Kuijs a sequel.
The images have been beaten down action energy source of new experiences. Experiences of you and me.
I therefore invite you cordially to the exhibition will see, and you wonder about the work and the man who made this possible: Hans Kuijs.
Drs.Ulco Mes, art historian ©