Kryptonian Ice Lake (2013) Onno Poiesz & Guido Marsille
The sofas by Guido Marsille and objets trouvés by Onno Poiesz form an installation in which absurdity plays a role. On the one hand it is a friendly arrangement of two objects with benches, but the interventions of both artists are also strange to the place: the benches are artificial tree trunks, not real benches, the boots and a gem seem to be lost. The boots look like an everyday face, but are surrealistic upside down, lost. The stone has something of a gem, as it should be in a chic neighborhood, but is also semi-abstract. The joint title of the work Kryptonian Ice Lake refers to the comic hero Superman and the painting "Sea Ice" by Casper David Friedrich and thus to Romanticism. Poiesz sculptures, objet trouvés, appeal to the imagination, just as the comic does. The tree trunks refer to how in the 19 century it was fashionable to imitate nature with paper-machine-like materials. All this makes this a funny and unorthodox seat full of recognizable elements, inviting to sit. The work is part of the Singel Plan: an art project along the canals in Noord, including a work by Henk Visch and Klaas Gubbels. By inviting you to sit down and relax, this work fits in with the ideas of the canals and the singel arts: looking and relaxing. That is a reaction against the hustle and bustle of the city and it is a means to emphasize to people what kind of beautiful historical environment they are in.
Onno Poiesz (1974) is a Rotterdam artist. He studied at the St. Joost Academy in Breda (in the direction of Monumental Art) and at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Poiesz chooses symbols of modern times as his subject. In 2006 he marked the facade of the old Central Station of Rotterdam with the letters EXIT in adhesive plastic.