Untitled (1967) John Grosman

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About the artwork

Since October 1967 stands at Sporthal De Enk in Vreewijk a six-meter-high aluminum column, made by sculptor John Grosman. The work of art was made in the percentage scheme for the construction of the sports hall. The work has an industrial character. In the second half of the 1960s, developments in Grosman's work progressed rapidly. His sculptures become more constructivist and more abstract. His statue at the Enk is created in the same year that he has an exhibition at 't Venster, about which the NRC writes the following: "One of his rather large constructions in the room shows once again ... that he started with a design language of rectangles, somewhat à la Mondriaan. This was followed by more original work in spherical compositions, which are composed of segments and ovals. The material is aluminum. With successful results he strives for kinetic art, which produces the effect of rhythmic movement in the opposition of the transparent and the closed in his compositions. There is a balance in the proportions and the compositions clearly form a unity. The end result, however, remains somewhat on the decorative or ornamental side. (…) Grosman seems to be in good shape in his new phase."The exhibition is followed by various assignments for public space throughout the Netherlands.

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About the artist

John Grosman (Delft, 1916 - Zwolle, 1970) attended the art academies in Amsterdam (1936-1939) and Arnhem (1939-1955). In Arnhem, he founded the first professional 'cire perdue' bronze foundry in the Netherlands with his brother Dirk. He perfected the cire perdue technique, which he had learned from his teacher Jacob van de Hof. It is a method whereby the wax is lost in the mold, so that pouring can be done in one piece without dividing seams. At the end of the 1950s, the company moved to Velp. Among others Ossip Zadkine, Piet Esser, Wessel Couzijn, Lotti van der Gaag and Charlotte van Pallandt had statues cast. After the war, Grosman taught ten years 'space art' in secondary architectural education. As a draftsman and especially as a sculptor, he worked in themes such as animals, women, figure representations, in increasing abstraction. He was active in the arts field through his membership of various associations. In 1953 he received the cultural prize from the city of Arnhem. He was a successful artist, who was forgotten by his early death due to a car accident.

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