Rob Voerman has exhibited world-wide and his work is part of major collections like MoMA, Stedelijk Museum, Generali Foundation, Deutsche Bank and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
In the exhibition at Gallery Artoxin, Voerman will show prints, painting and sculptures from the last 16 years, including some recent photoworks.
Also Voerman will show some works that directly refers to the modernistic ideas and makes connections to our current turnulant times. The architecture of Modernists like Reitveld, Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusiers becomes startingpoints for many of these works. For Voerman, this will be a very important presentation as it can help introducing Voerman’s work in the German artworld.
Voerman’s work, architecture plays a major role. The architecture within his work, is often characterized by a mixture of utopia , destruction and decay. The architecture in his work, is often paired with a rich decoration, gecombined with dark aspects of terror and resistance. Often even a direct translation of destruction in a purely aesthetic form . The work is very layered and aesthetics in his work have often various associations, like with religion, improvised shelters and hippie communities from the 70s with their often highly decorated self-build wooden structures.
Voerman's ouvre is in a sense partially a commentary and reflection on our times, of course from a personal perspective and necessity. The work suggests there own thoughts opposite associations and models through sculptures, prints, watercolors, large installations and photographs to enter.
The larger installations often deal with the question how to related to the outside world and how one closes off from it. It is rather recent that Voerman let these installations function as a platform for debate, workshops and congragation where the themes of these activities collide with the content of the installations itself.
Over the past few years, Voerman engaged in his work more directly to the architecture and ideas of Modernism in relation to our present time. By this, he often refers to the architecture Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Rietveld , Mies van der Rohe. Although modernism in many ways seems to have failed, Voerman thinks that many of her ideas are still relevant in present times. Grand ideas and views as imagined by the modernists seem nowadays completely gone. The fragmented clear view of the modernists sometimes seems almost literally represented by the large amounts of small colored windows in Voerman's installations.
In recent projects, such as "The Fifth Season", Voerman goes one step further. He creates spaces and partially programmed spaces, which do in fact refer directly to the ideas of Modernism and Bauhaus and in a way tries to restore the spirit of Bauhaus in a small informal setting and gatherings.
In recent works, Rob is starting to develope a new utopia in a more literary sence. A world which emphesize on shrinkage, a utopia referring to fundamental issues we are facing right now. A world of high-rise tower-blocks for the dead, new living communities, clear divisions between the digital and analog world and between civilization and empty land.