m.simons is very excited about the upcoming year. Until June, the gallery is planning 3 solo exhibitions in the gallery as well as a solo exhibition at Art Rotterdam. In an effort of showing you the good that is to come, this weekend we are opening the Spring Summer 22 showcase.
First off; Ciro Duclos (NL, 1991). Duclos graduated from the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in 2015 and runs Indebt Studio, a multidisciplinary artistic research studio in the south of Amsterdam. Duclos’ work can be seen as a formal research into materials, such as corn, iron, marble and glass. The sculptures and wall objects he creates expose the material’s potential and question their use and cultural significance.
Hadrien Gerenton (Fr, 1987) graduated from De Ateliers in 2017 and lives and works in Brussels. His work has recently been shown at Galerie Martin Van Zomeren (Amsterdam, 2018), Lustwarande (Tilburg, 2019) and Emerige Mecanat (Paris, 2021). In the text for his graduation show at De Ateliers (Deep State, 2017), he is described as an artist whose works “play with notions of verisimilitude and casting, natural and artificial material, replica and found object”. The sculptures Gerenton produced for his upcoming show look and feel as if they’ve grown by themselves; they look alive and aware, born in a chemical post-human nature.
Proudly m.simons can also announce the representation of Hans Hoekstra (NL, 1983). From his studio in Haren, a village in the northeast of the Netherlands, Hoekstra paints 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.