Wessel Verrijt (1992, Eindhoven) 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 between speed and rapprochement, between the sculptures and the performers.

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 their other 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.

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Upcoming & Current:

Groups-exhibition Museum Jan Cunen , January – May 2022, Oss NL

Groups-exhibition Arti et Amicitiae, 8 April – 8 May, Amsterdam NL

Groups-exhibition AG-Kunstprijs, 5 May – 5 July, Eindhoven NL

Groups-exhibition Art Rotterdam, Prospects Mondriaan Fonds, May 2022, Rotterdam NL

Solo-Exhibition Kunstenlab, public-space, Deventer NL

Groups-exhibition Grey Space in the Middle, 6 July – 12 July 2022, The Hague NL

Residency AADK Spain, Sept-Oct 2022, Centro Negra (Blanca, Murcia), ES

Residency Kunsthuis-SYB, 2023, Beetsterzwaag NL

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

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Article in Eindhovens Dagblad, 19 april 2021 (Dutch only): Click here

Article in Air Brabant (ENG/Dutch): Click here

Interview Zuiderlucht Magazine (Dutch only): Click here

Article in Mestmag (Dutch only): Click here

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