Elmar & Elisabeth Trenkwalder; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Galerie Maurits van de Laar has opened its doors in a new location.

Compared to Maurits’ last place this is a palace of space and light.

The first exhibition in the new place presents works by Elisabeth Trenkwalder (1961) and her husband Elmar Trenkwalder (1959).

Elisabeth shows paintings and Elmar shows ceramic sculptures (and there are drawings too)

At the moment Elmar also has an exhibition at the Museum Beelden aan Zee (which i haven’t seen yet).

Both artists seem to be fascinated by organic growth, which in their hands becomes a process of almost dreamlike imagination.

Elisabeth mirrors treetops and so creates patterns (they would make an interesting combination with Christie van der Haak’s patterns) that metamorphose into something else, sometimes visible, sometimes only tangible in the mind.

In Elmar’s ceramics details seem to grow by association and on top of each other.

In the end, however, they always become coherent compositions, that seem to evoke – sometimes vaguely known – archetypes, fixed by glazing.

The exhibition also presents models for larger, monumental compositions.

The monumentality of both artist’s works gives a good start to the gallery’s new life.

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Elisabeth & Elmar Trenkwalder and to Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

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