Hans van Meeuwen
My challenge is to create work that remains in the mind - an image, in the glut of what crosses before our eyes every day, which the observer will return to again and again. I seek to elicit a moment of awareness in the flood of anonymity. My work may look curious at first sight, it may get weird or frightening later on, and can be lovable afterwards. I want the observer to go through series of different emotions by watching my work. I wish to appeal to the memories of the viewer. I seek to show just enough information to inspire the viewer’s own imagination. Memory is the key. I want the viewer to fill in the artwork with her own memory, her own history. As the viewer experiences a range of different responses to the work, I hope it will finally become a mirror into her own memory. She will become personally involved with my work, as her own personal experience is evoked.
Hans van Meeuwen is a Dutch-born artist who moved to New York City in 2004. Prior to New York he lived for fourteen years in Cologne, Germany. Van Meeuwen has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Cologne, Bonn, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Czech Republic. In addition to his sculptures, installations and drawings, van Meeuwen has designed several permanent public artworks. Van Meeuwen has had exhibitions in various galleries, non-profit exhibition spaces and solo exhibitions in museums such as the Rheinische Landesmuseum in Bonn (2001) and the Kunsthalle Osnabrueck (2007). In 2008 he showed at Cristinerose Gallery (which has be reviewed in Art in America) and the Durst Organization, both in New York.