Wim Claessen, Me Walking, 2006
Acrylic on medium density fibreboard, 40 × 30 cm

15.10.–10.11.2013

Star Work № 2: Me Walking

Wim Claessen

The painting Me Walking from 2006 belongs to a series of same-named works within which the artist depicts himself taking a walk. This injects a narrative impulse into the spare pictorial space, thereby enhancing the resemblance of the pictures to film stills. Especially through the back view of the artist seen diagonally from above, one has the impression of the artist’s walk having been documented by an image recorded by a surveillance camera and subsequently edited. The focus of the representation is on observing the mood with which, for his part, the artist views the landscape. It is as if something were being shown that long ago disappeared with the passing of time, as if it were slipping away with an aura of nostalgia and melancholy.

An apparently casual, sketch-like character is typical of the handling of the brush in Me Walking and fits into the picture which, like its companion pieces, gives only minimal spatial indications that make it possible to grasp this situation suffused with indefiniteness. The artist—self-absorbed, slumped within himself as he walks—seems to be physically impelled by the ongoing movement even as his mind is sunken in thought and apparently not aware of the surrounding reality. This is a mood which perhaps shows a contemporary figure in a thoroughly globalized, increasingly alien world, an individual embarked upon a precious, permitted parole.

(Dirk Tölke, revised version)

STAR WORK
Within the Star Work series a different artwork from the IKOB Collection is displayed each time.

Star Work № 29 The Crucifixion


Star Work № 28: Distortion LI [51]


Star Work № 27: Hommage à ... IV


Star Work № 26: Saint Matthieu par Gérémie Geißelbrunn (1595 – 1660) photographié comme Dimitris Alexandrou par Errikos Andreou


Star Work № 25: A Billion Square Circles


STAR WORK № 24: Checkpoint Charlie


Star Work № 23: Babalú Ayé


Star Work № 22: Sorry


Star Work № 21: République Libre de Clairefontaine


Star Work № 20: Constructor


Star Work № 19: DEIN GEILSTER MÄDCHENFLUGKÖRPER SCHREIT TOTALST: NUR VORNE IST EVOLUTION IM SCHRITT „MARSCH MARSCH“, VERSACHLICHT ALLES.


Star Work № 18: Ohne Titel


Star Work № 17: Corte Cromático, Tribute to André Blank


Star Work № 16: Statement 34/56


Star Work № 15: Texte zur Kunst


Star Work № 14: Sieglar-96-09-21


Star Work № 13: LBYD/SOI


Star Work № 12: Untitled


Star Work № 11: Composition


Star Work № 10: Geschlossene Scheune [Closed Barn]


Star Work № 9: Poésie urbaine


Star Work № 8: The Gates


Star Work № 7: Seestück II


Star Work № 6: Rhombus


Star Work № 5: Ausgewürfelte Bilder, 28 Bildmöglich­keiten


Star Work № 4: Veules-les-Roses


Star Work № 3: Regalfrau (Study)


Star Work № 1: Ein auf seinen Grundriss reduzierter Stein im Maßstab 1 : 1 / Berg aus Steinstaub