Erris Huigens biography, install shots, exhibitions, artworks, paintings
Erris Huigens (Deconstructie) has been exhibiting internationally since 2012, originally from a base in Amsterdam, now from his studio outside the city. Initially his work explored aspects of graffiti and painting, Minimalism and Conceptual Art. But now his style is refining, reconfiguring these aspects into more personal work, inside and outside the studio. Inside, Huigens uses the basic elements of canvas-painting: the canvas, drip, line, grid, the texture of canvas and paint, the act of hanging on a wall. But he does not use these to make pictures: radically, Huigens takes them beyond picture-formation into the service of personal freedom: for him, the act and place of canvas-painting is a context for being free – from thought. Outside, this becomes even clearer: onto the rough surfaces of the ruined factories and abandoned houses of north Holland, Huigens paints sometimes colossal, sometimes slim blocks of paint. A method that creates a location and simultaneously locates Huigens into a place: He uses the word “merge” to describe this intimate two-way process. But by merging with old and crumbling surfaces, Huigens’ act of painting goes deeper than simply picture-making: it is a method for both forming and releasing his thoughts. Shaping them all and letting them crumble into the earth. By such artistic ritual, what Huigens makes is the exquisite energy of freedom.
Christopher Mark Jones