From his studio in Haren, a village in the northeast of the Netherlands, Hans Hoekstra paints what he what he sees around him; interiors, views, and houseplants. Not exciting at first glance. After all, the Dutch northeast is often grey, flat and hoarse. That is exactly what Hoekstra bends to his will; the painter finds suburban image motifs and then allows the liveliness and tension to come from the painting. The canvases are full of formal contradictions; a game of positive and negative space in a succulent plant, a realistically painted kettle with a cartoonish pair of tea glasses or a colorful shadow play on a white room table.