One intriguing facet of today’s international art world is the way in which some styles and sensibilities, once considered distinctly regional, now pop up as the apparent inspiration for work generated thousands of miles away.
A case in point: the sculptures of Ron van der Ende, a Dutch artist working in Rotterdam, whose show, Phasmid, is on display at Ambach and Rice until July 27. Phasmid, by the way, is a reference to Phasmatodea, which are an order of insects known as walking sticks – animals that survive by camouflage and mimicry.
Van der Ende’s wooden bas-relief constructions confront viewers with aggressively 3D images of relatively ordinary objects, which – by sheer force of craft and depth mimicking illusion – are transformed into the extraordinary – with a pinch of piquant technological dread. And, intriguingly, beyond his virtuosic use of shadow and perspective, this Dutch sculptor seems to reference work by influential California artists Robert Irwin, Tony Berlant, Ronald Davis and John Okulick, not to mention George Lucas’ iconic vision of the Death Star. (more…)