In his recent series of paintings, Ammerlaan creates looming surfaces that look deceptively calm from afar. In the periphery of our vision, however, whilst moving around the canvas, the surface perform changes with the uncanny familiarity of marginal motions. Like walking in a pregnant misty dusk when forms seem too prudish to emerge fully and one can only discern nebulous pulsations of light – perhaps electrical discharges from distant thunders, a hurried vehicle or the promise of a cozy bar nearby – the atmosphere wraps itself around the beholder like a premonition. But a premonition to what is never made clear. We are left with a sense that an event on the foreground has been purged or, on the contrary, is just about to materialize.
(Part of The alchemy of a perennial threshold By Snejana Krasteva)
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