Slewe Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition with small sculptures by two Dutch artists Ruud Kuijer and Lon Pennock. Both artists are known for their large scale outdoor public abstract sculptures throughout the Netherlands. Kuijer works in concrete and Pennock in steel. The exhibition opens Saturday January 19 and will run until February 23.
Ruud Kuijer known for his series of large concrete sculptures along the shore of the Amsterdam Rijnkanaal in Utrecht, the so-called Waterworks, made a series of small concrete cast sculptures the last few years. For these casts he used plastic waste, as ordinary plastic bottles and boxes that are used by us daily. These forms of found objects are stacked and linked into his abstract assemblages. His fascination for concrete as material for his sculptures started already after his study. The artist considers it as a sustainable material and a modern variant of bronze.
Kuijer, born in 1959 in Schalkwijk (NL), lives and works in Utrecht. He has studied at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in Den Bosch and at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His works are collected internationally by both private and corporate collectors, as well as museums, such as the Centraal Museum in Utrecht and Museum Beelden aan Zee in Scheveningen. In the Summer of 2017 some works by him had been on show at the by Rudi Fuchs curated Art Zuid, the international sculptural route in Amsterdam.
Lon Pennock works with steel. He makes small and large sized abstract sculptures. They look stunningly simple by using a few simple geometric forms, such as blocks, sheets, staffs and spheres. He welds these forms towards an abstract composition as if it was found by chance, playing with the sculptural principles of weight, rhythm and mass. The titles of his sculptures refer to these basic sculptural themes of balance, stack, bridge, wall, gate etc.
Pennock is born in 1945 in The Hague. After his study at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving in The Hague and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the sixties, he moved quickly from his traditional figurative practice towards a more abstract, and minimal sculpture. He became known for his large outdoor minimal corten steel sculptures you can find in Rotterdam, Schiedam, The Hague and Amsterdam a.o. His works has been shown and collected internationally by both private and public collections such as the Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar. He lives and works alternatively in The Hague and Nettershein in Germany.