Visch Henk - Place de la Paix
2017 - Metal, epoxy - H 163 cm
Henk Visch (Eindhoven, 1950) makes images. Sometimes these are thin lines of metal, like drawings in the air, at other times they are solid bronze volumes. As Visch himself says: "[...] my work has no direction, but all directions."
His oeuvre consists of images more than three meters high and works of less than thirty centimeters, figurative sculptures and abstract forms.
Initially, Visch only works on paper. From 1980, sculpting was added. In addition to his visual work, Visch writes and writes. He calls his first solo exhibition, which takes place in 1981 in the Apollohuis in Eindhoven, Timmerde drawings and objects. Image and language come together.
This also happens in the titles that Visch gives his sculptures. These are associative in nature. A large bronze statue of a seated figure with a torso without arms and with legs in an anatomically impossible position is entitled Unguided tours (2014), which seems to be a spatial hieroglyph Visch calls We can disagree and still be friends (2012) and a silver-colored cat with a red and blue-lined mask around the eyes has the denominator I was a woman on the beach (2010).
Visch studied at the Academy of Art and Design 's-Hertogenbosch (1968-1972). He taught at the Rijksakademie van visual arts in Amsterdam (1984-1987) and at the Van Eyck in Maastricht (1987-1991). Drawings by Visch appear from 1996 to 2011 in the column "Mirza" in de Volkskrant, with texts by Kader Abdolah. Visch's work was part of the Venice Biennale and the Documenta IX in Kassel in 1988 and 1992 respectively and has been shown in Kunsthal KAdE (Amersfoort), C-Space (Beijing), Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst (Bremerhaven) and Tim Van Laere Gallery (Antwerp