I've just come back from a two-weeks' visit to the Netherlands. It was lovely to meet up with friends and family and a good opportunity to visit a few museums. The first one I went to was the Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. This museum is well known for its modern art, but also home to a few paintings from very famous artists, like Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Mondriaan. While I was there, there were a few temporary exhibitions and one of them was 'Pushwagner: Soft City'
In his drawings Pushwagner criticizes modern, capitalist society in which there is no place for the individual, but he does show the individual's role in such a society and the sense of being locked in that's involved in such a life. Everything seems to be dictated by work, machines and greed. The scale and details of the drawings were very impressive. Pushwagner makes use of a lot of techniques, like patterns, rhythms and the use of diagonals that serve the idea of the ongoing way of life everybody is trapped in. Especially the repititions of subjects, but all with different details create an overwhelming sense of feeling locked in, but at the same time connecting with the people in the drawings.
Pushwagner's art is a very good example of how design and color serve to bring across a specific idea, criticism and feeling of being trapped. I was very impressed.