21 June – 21 July 2018
Frontspace: The Great Peter Schuyff Art Robbery, Eliane Gerrits
Peter Schuyff (NL, 1958) came to prominence in 1980’s New York, alongside the likes of Philip Taaffe, Peter Halley and Ashley Bickerton, part of the loosely defined ‘Neo Geo’ movement. His signature style is a kind of proto-digital, geometric abstraction.
His most recent body of work Yellow Paintings (2018) is the 10th in a sequence which he started back in 1979 in Vancouver, Canada. That same year Dennis Hopper shot his film Out of the blue there, and used the very first of Peter’s yellow works as a backdrop in one of the scenes. Every four years or so since then, Schuyff paints a series of pictures in yellow, white, grey and black; always in acrylic, on paper.
Peter has painted this series over the past four months in his studio in Amsterdam North, adjacent to HE.RO. The twenty-seven works, which are exhibited for the first time, are light hearted and often humorous; playfully referring to American contemporaries such as Christopher Wool, Robert Indiana or Richard Serra and suggesting a subtle yet evident irony.
The use of multiple vanishing points lends a 3D perspective to the images, which carry the proto-digital, geometric abstraction that make them immediately recognizable as Schuyff’s.
The works seem to be part of an enormous psychedelic exhibition space, a gallery or museum, in which the yellow texts and structures are sculptures on display. In this fictional exhibition, black-and-white versions of Peter’s well-known oil paintings are often seen hanging on the walls, creating a museum within a museum, a world that belongs to the artist himself and to whom the spectator is invited to take part of.
In the Frontspace: The Great Peter Schuyff Art Robbery
Instead of showcasing moving images, this month HE.RO’s Frontspace features stills. Eliane Gerrits (NL, 1960), who studied both graphic design and painting, calls herself a draughtsman: an illustrator, cartoonist as well as a painter. This is her very first gallery solo-exhibition.
Following Peter’s suggestion to portray him, Gerrits ultimately decided to make a series of 20 large drawings (180 x 140 cm), which form a comic story. The hilarious narrative depicts an art robbery which ends up as an exhibition in Japan, and features elements of Peter’s fascinating biography, in which many of his illustrious friends (Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone – to name a few) make a guest appearance.