For his first solo exhibition in London Offerman will show a tiny jewel of a work. A field flower, a weed, mummified in pure gold while it was still alive. From the girl in the Bond-movie ‘Goldfinger’, who dies minutes after her body has been totally covered with gold, to King Midas, who foolishly wished he could turn everything he touched into gold…this small but perfectly formed object sits tragically but glowingly transformed.
Accompanying this Offerman will show a video-installation ‘The Great Escape’, which is part of the permanent collection at V22. Playing humorously with hopefulness and the unknown, we see a man offered the possibility to change his life-expectations for good, without hesitating for a moment he seizes the opportunity…
According to Offerman this piece is a painting in the tradition of the German Romantics like Caspar David Friedrich’s “The Wanderer above a Sea of Mist” or “Monk by the Sea” but in a more contemporary outfit.
At the same time, the work references 20th century science fiction movies in which mankind is saved from self-destruction by aliens from outer space, films like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” or “The Day the Earth Stood Still” spring to mind…
Is that it? Perhaps, or perhaps not….
“Klaatu Barada Nikto”.
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