Villa Romana



Pulp Machineries

Klaas Kloosterboer has assembled his exhibition Pulp Machineries for the Villa Romana in the manner of a three-act chamber play. In each room he explores the creative act as a system of rules from a different angle. In Rules and the Virgin (an allusion to Duchamp) the viewer encounters a women’s suit, the ‘play area’ shows a suspended men’s suit. The Machine Room presents the creation of Archiemen (a figure of an old dutch comic strip) and wood pulp, the raw material needed for paper production.

Kloosterboer sprays colour onto vast canvasses, he cuts up and perforates the canvas, hurls paint at it, lays out large-size paintings like rugs on the floor and stitches them together to create outsized suits. Painting negates words, masks them, obliterates meaning. Painting is ambiguous. For Kloosterboer it is an act of resistance, a burlesque performance.

Klaas Kloosterboer was born in 1959 and studied at the Rijks Academy of Fine Art in Amsterdam. The exhibition Pulp Machineries introduces the artist Klaas Kloosterboer to Italy for the first time.