Cone (male) (1984) Per Abrams
On the sidewalk is a cone-shaped object, which represents a man in a very abstract way. A bit further on, near the roundabout on Abtsweg, there is a second cone, representing a woman. The cones, made by the Rotterdam artist Per Abramsen, consist of overlapping bronze plates, which are attached to a concrete base. They lean over their pedestal into the street. Because the cones are a few hundred meters apart, the work is difficult to experience in its entirety. Abramsen has contributed to art and culture in Rotterdam for more than 30 years and several of his works can be found in the public space of Rotterdam. Abramsen has translated the title of this work into English, which is why it is the official title Cone (male).
Per Abramsen (Rotterdam, 1941 - Rotterdam, 2018) lived and worked in Rotterdam and the south of France. He has exhibited in Marseille, Paris, Philadelphia, New York, Basel, Chicago and many Dutch museums. His work is in the collections of national and international museums. Abramsen works with a combination of constructed and organic shapes. Since 1990 he has been working with shadows, inspired by the bright light in the South of France. The interplay of light, shape and shadow is important in Abramsen's work. He has made several works in public space. He participated in various cultural committees and boards in Rotterdam and was chairman of the Professional Association of Visual Artists (BBK). As an artist he is associated with gallery RAM, for which he also designed the interior in 2001.