Niek Kemps

Museum Boymans van-Beuningen

The true intent behind Niek Kemps’ sculptural objects is not easy to discern. The viewer recognizes an artist who appears to be moving toward a kind of post-Modern design, an artist who is testing one form after another. But in his search for meaning, Kemps seems so distracted by the ever-expanding possibilities of his formal experiments that he winds up injecting content, sometimes as an afterthought. He integrates photographic fragments, texts, and dark discs into his shiny, reflective constructions, which are sometimes quite rakish and at other times elegantly baroque. These elements suggest areas of further exploration—levels of content—for the spectator. Through images, the viewer is supposed to be drawn into discourse on the “black holes”—those vacuous areas in space caused by the collapse of a massive star. Yet they could just as easily be seen as a commentary on the voyeuristic

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