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


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)

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 № 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