Wessel Verrijt (1992) builds sculptures, architectural vehicles and vibrant characters that play the leading role as ‘’entities’’ within his performances and films. In this, the sculptures come together as props, costumes, sets and protagonists to form a immersive installation in which they are catalysts for action.

Performers enter the sculptures and let them move slowly and organically through the space. They look proud, but can only go in circles or almost fall over. The movements, and the arms and legs that stick out, suggest human traits and emotion. They are angry, in love, shy, tired, clumsy or lost; they walk around endlessly or try to move simultaneously in an attempt to perform some sort of ritual together. It is a play of rapprochement and seeking contact, between matter & human, between the performers, sculptures and the audience.

In practice though, the origins of Verrijts works are based in materials. The collected pieces of wood, textiles, satellite dishes and cardboard amongst others are being assembled by Verrijt into new forms and shapes that carry the history of lived time. He utilises found objects because of these qualities, besides theirother properties like color, shape or skin. The sculptures are temporary by nature, and form together an amalgamous whole, an organism where materials travel from sculpture to sculpture and move organically from place to place.



Groups-exhibition Museum Jan Cunen, Oss NL

Groups-exhibition Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam NL

Groups-exhibition AG-Kunstprijs, Eindhoven NL

Art Fair Art Rotterdam, Prospects Mondriaan Fonds, Rotterdam NL

Groups-exhibition Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague NL

Residency AADK Spain, Centro Negra (Blanca, Murcia), ES

Film presentation Seasoning Winter, Arthouse United-C, Eindhoven NL



Residency EKWC 2023, Oisterwijk NL (supported by Cultuur Eindhoven, Stichting Kunst & Cultuurbevordering Nederland, Stichting Stokroos)

Biënnale H3H biënnale 2023, Oosterhout NL

Groups-exhibition CODA Museum 2023, Apeldoorn NL

Residency Kunsthuis-SYB, 2023, Beetsterzwaag NL

Biënnale Paltz Biënnale 2024, Soest NL

Book UDC-06: Introducing Wessel Verrijt – Satellite Dish with Yellow Paint



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