The series ‘CASUS’ consists of 5 paintings each depicting a slice of cheese. The cheeses are painted in a photo-realistic, almost traditional style with great detail and subtle color nuances. The works seem to be late post-modern descendants of the 17th century still life genre. The format, shape and monochrome color seem to flirt slightly with the strict minimalism and playful conceptualism of the 1960s. The banal, everyday motif of the paintings seems to breathe contemporary pop art.
At first glance, the paintings are just beautiful realistically painted slices. After that, however, faces inevitably appear, suspiciously reminiscent of emojis. The slices seem to grin or to smile at the viewer. It is crazy, stupid, superficial. The works are as caricatural as they are sacral. The austere atmosphere in a Roman sanctuary is not far from an exhibition space with these paintings on the wall. The paintings have something paradoxical, they are like split personality’s. It is not clear whether you should take the works as seriously as the way they are painted. Neither is clear whether the work is as superficial as the dumb heads that seem to be in it. Is there a celebration? Mockery? Is it beautifully painted superficiality? Or is it more intelligent than it seems?
The titles of the paintings provide the viewer with various perspectives in which the work can be viewed in various ways. From the spirit and achievements of various movements in art history, we play with our ways of seeing, understanding and placing what is being viewed. The series title ‘CASUS’ invites you to examine the paintings as a case, whether or not with forensic precision.