THE FOOL AND THE SWINDLER - soloshow Verbeeck-Van Dyck gallery, Antwerp BE
-The Fool and the Swindler-
solotentoonstelling Hans van der Ham (NL)
17 maart t/m 23 april 2017
Galerie Verbeeck-Van Dyck
Verbindingsdok-Westkaai 12 2000 Antwerpen
Hans van der Ham (NL)
In the work of Hans van der Ham his atypical figures are not directly to be defined. Although most sculptures are related to the human figure, they remain as such indefinable. From behind this masquerade, however, they seem to show their inner selves in a different way. Faces lack, but the attitudes speak even more. Despite the robust clay they show a particular vulnerability, as if they question their own existence. Perhaps this says something about a possible hidden inner world? An adopted personae as a necessary protection against a ruthless outside world? The images do ask ourselves whether we manage ourselves as individuals in the crowd. Are we aware hiding ourselves behind a mask? Who can we trust? These are some questions Van der Ham asks himself. Van der Ham studied classical piano at the conservatory, before he began his studies at the art academy in Rotterdam. He makes drawings, paintings and sculptures of clay. He also enjoys fame as exhibition maker and he co-founded Garage Rotterdam. For 2018 he is preparing a show as curator for museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. His work can be seen at home and abroad and is represented by galerie Nouvelles Images in The Hague, The Netherlands. Hans van der Ham lives in The Hague and works in Rotterdam.