Whether addressing politics, religion, globalization and its backlash, or the art scene, Bijl endeavours to expose superficialities and myths via his work. To do this he employs visual elements borrowed from punk and Gothic subcultures and from anarchism. These elements can also be discerned in his later work: the philosophical quotes in graffiti on walls, flags in various renderings and with various texts, and the black sculptures of dark knights on horseback, eagles and Lara Croft.
The new soloshow of Marc Bijl at Upstream Gallery will be the last show where dark symbolism will meet up with abstract forms. After this it will be codes only. It is the moment before total paranoia and abstraction of the artists work.
Every structural political or religious system is a system of power, sustainability and belief and not of wisdom, change and development.
This show connects the artists thoughts on those structures and where he belongs himself as an artist in an arthistorical context.
Some previous works were adressing already the spiritual minimalism and abstract questions referring to Barnett Newman, Piet Mondrian and Sol Lewitt. They were searching for the same exit strategy, away from religious freedom and political choices into fundamentalistic thoughts and radical art.
This exhibition will show the missing link between that spirit and Marc Bijl's own personal background of goth music, political interest and grafitti-art. Departing from the 9/11 WTC attacks and their ever lasting debates and conspiracy theories as a backdrop for the human ability to turn every disastrous event into an abstract idea of good and evil. Old vs New. The cliché images we might know from existing theories and arthistory into personal works of art of conspiracy between paintings, video and sculpture.
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