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Publication for the exhibition ‘Navigation’ by Lennart Lahuis at Dürst Britt & Mayhew in Den hague

Lennart Lahuis | Navigation
18 April – 23 May 2015
Opening Saturday 18 April 5-8pm

Lennart Lahuis’ artistic practice concerns itself with the suspension of visual information. For a recent series of works the artist collected reproductions that come standard with picture frames and serve as an example to the buyer. Many of these interchangeable picture frames contain cliché images of models, sunsets and cityscapes, but also reproductions of famous artworks, like for example Michelangelo’s David or a still life by Morandi. These are disposable images; destined to be thrown away the minute the buyer puts a picture of his own choice inside the frame. Lahuis searches out examples that intrigue by their sheer oddity or sense of disengagement. He subsequently magnifies the image, covers it with a glass plate, newspaper and beeswax, thereby rendering it practically unrecognizable. For the viewer this means having to slow down to gain access to the visual information on offer: casting a glance is not sufficient. Lahuis thus confronts us with the apparent interchangeability of images within our society and the active role we have in sustaining or changing this.

Lennart Lahuis (1986, Hengelo) graduated from the Artez Institute of the Arts in Zwolle in 2011. In 2010 he attended LUCA School of Arts in Brussels. From 2011 to 2013 he was a resident at de Ateliers in Amsterdam. Recent exhibitions include Prospects and Concepts in the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam, Asleep Finger in Kunstraum Düsseldorf and False Light at Apice for Artists in Amsterdam.