In the city / The young man on the island (2013) Henk Visch

Max Dereta
About the artwork

A dark patinated bronze figure stands on an island, wide-legged, arms raised high in the air. The figure is motionless and exuberant, surrounded by water and by the big city, being young in the middle of an organized urban environment. They are two extremes: being young in an as yet unknown future full of opportunities, and in a city of a well-organized social order.
Artist Henk Visch has a multifaceted oeuvre of abstract and figurative works, the choice of which in his images in public space depends on the context. That makes him an interesting and versatile artist, whose work is not to be seen in museums for good reason. In the public space he works with scale, meaning, alienation and he takes passers-by into account. His works are friendly and appealing, only at the second moment can there be something of discontent or impropriety for the good viewer. This work has the title In the city of The young man on the island got. On closer inspection, a 'cheerful little man' appears to be isolated on his island. He may be desperate and frustrated, as hard as he is waving. This hunted little man calls for slowing down in response to the hustle and bustle of the city. It is a means to emphasize people in what beautiful historical environment they are. This artwork is part of it Single plan: an art project along the singels in Noord, including works by Klaas Gubbels, Guido Marsille and Onno Poeisz properly.

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About the artist

Henk Visch's work (Eindhoven, 1950) is versatile and consists of drawings, graphics, abstract constructions and figurative sculptures. Visch makes massive wood sculptures, but also delicate structures, stylized human figures and humorous assemblies from the most diverse materials. Visch often combines language with image and adds poetic texts. Properties such as balance and balance, vulnerability and transience play an important role in Visch's sculpture.

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