OpZicht: Arike Gill

'Le Palais de l'électricité'

3 September - 28 November 2014
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday - Friday, 11-5 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 12-5 pm
Closed: Sat. 20 September and Sun. 21 September 2014

OpZicht is a presentation space in the lobby of Stroom Den Haag for newly registered artists from The Hague. The wall unit functions as a stand or platform where the artist can share his or her work, passion or interest with the audience. Each presentation runs for approximately 6 weeks.
Archive OpZicht presentations 2013-present

Text by Arike Gill herself:

'I try to bring the dead back to life. People in old photographs, trapped in the confines of time. In my work I attempt to awaken them from their deep sleep. Just for a moment they are allowed to breathe again. An artwork is subject to different laws. Time no longer is an invisible observer. In this alternative reality one is capable of reliving a lost moment.'

The drawing I show in OpZicht is inspired by old photographs of the World's Fair in Paris in 1900. The world exhibition introduced the people of the 19th century to the new 20th-century world of technology. The atmosphere was one of unbridled optimism. One of the most popular attractions was Le Palais de l'électricité, where the machines were shown that supplied the electricity for all other attractions at the fair.

Arike Gill (1983) graduated from the KABK (Royal Academy of Art The Hague) in 2013 and in addition to being an artist she also holds a master in  biology. She makes large drawings and installations with projections. She finds her inspiration in old photographs, extraordinary stories, nature and the objects that are left behind after death.

De Verlichte Prijs
Arike Gill and artist Rolf van Oven recently were awarded De Verlichte Prijs for their contribution to the Zomerexpo 2014 in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. >> read more

Arike Gill is represented by Galerie Vonkel:

Arike Gill, 'Le Palais de l'électricité', 2014 (detail)
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Arike Gill, 'Le Palais de l'électricité', 2014
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Arike Gill, 'The Glasshouse', 2012
photo: courtesy the artist
Arike Gill, 'Dark Paradise', 2013
photo: courtesy the artist
Arike Gill, 'Plants live on a different timescale', 2012
photo: courtesy the artist
Arike Gill, 'I blamed my body - part 2', 2014
photo: courtesy the artist