Wessel Verrijt

18 January 2023, EKWC

Wessel Verrijt (1992, Eindhoven) builds sculptures, architectural vehicles and vibrant characters that play the leading role as, what he calls ’hybrid entities’ within performances and films. In this, the sculptures come alive and are catalysts for action by suggesting human traits, emotions and rituals.  

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, the origins of Verrijts works are based in found 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.’’

Work in Process, EKWC, Hybrid Sculptures (Metal // Wood // Ceramics)

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