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Ángel Rosa

Ángel Rosa

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Erik Odijk

'Ángel Rosa'

Erik Odijk's oeuvre is important because of the concise depiction of one of the great subjects of our time: the changing perception of nature. In his work he captures the split feeling of the nature traveller, who knows that every step he takes may damage this environment, but who nevertheless cannot resist the call of the wilderness. The inner contradiction that this artist/traveller experiences emerges convincingly in his lyrics about the current call for nature in our culture. In his text for the Power of Place study trip in the United States in 2007, Erik Odijk writes:

the rough and lovely, dark and light. The pastoral Arcadia represents good taste, harmony, and adapted forms as opposed to the wild, rough, and disturbing Arcadia, which is like a wilderness. There is still a need for both forms. Many city and landscape parks in urban areas fit into the lovely Arcadia, providing places for relaxation, recreation, and social interaction. They are social places with social trees, social hills, and social water features supported by social facilities and infrastructure. Additionally, there is a need for "wild nature" once again. The tendency is to transform our Arcadian agricultural landscapes into wild nature. Dikes are breached, river vliet forests are created and shaped by natural violence, complete with "wild animals" thrown back on themselves. Where is the boundary between the orderly and safe landscape of gardens, parks, and cultural landscapes and the rugged, wild, and inhospitable landscape that is so feared? Is there a limit?


Size: 240 x 274 cm

Material:(en): Pastel and charcoal on paper

Finish: 2019


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Erik Oodijk

Erik Odijk is an artist whose practice revolves around drawing, both within the confines of his studio and on-site at exhibition spaces. His work is deeply rooted in the exploration of nature, as he traverses wild landscapes, seeking to reconnect with the essence of each place. Odijk's drawings depict landscapes that are simultaneously beautiful and untamed, evoking a sense of wonder and awe.

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