Untitled (1990) Rik Blom

photo Otto Snoek
About the artwork

American minimalist sculptors began using large steel elements from construction in the 60s. These hard industrial forms do not reveal anything about the feelings of the artist and that was precisely the intention: art had to be separate from the maker, because after all it is about the image. These metals come into their own when painted in bright colors, such as this bright red sculpture by artist Rik Blom. The color had to be as striking as the format. Just like in construction, the beams are meters long. Their perpendicular lines cut through space. This work of art was commissioned by the housing association Onze Woongemeenschap, which existed for 40 years at the time and placed five works of art in Zuid in this context.

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About the artist

Rik Blom (The Hague, 1957) is a Rotterdam artist. He studied from 1982 to 1986 at the then Academy of Visual Arts in Rotterdam. His work consists of steel constructions, made up of just a few elements. He processes industrial materials such as H or F beams in combination with sheet steel.

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