Pieter Laurens Mol

Franck + Schulte

Pieter Laurens Mol called his photo installation from the year 1980 Strijd tussen carnaval en vasten, (The fight between carnival and Lent). This 11-part work reveals the culmination of something this Dutch painter characterizes as highly significant: there are allusions to his homeland’s cultural tradition, which plays on the title of a painting by Mol’s compatriot Pieter Breughel; or the artist’s modellike appearance at the center of his piece; the theme of balance; and the issue of such art-immanent factors as time, composition, and interpretation. The photos, photo installations, and objects that Mol showed here were done during the ’70s and ’80s; they illustrate—pungently and sometimes humorously—his quest for unexhausted possibilities of describing a reality that is to be experienced as essential.

At the core of Mol’s art we find the question of how the artist sees himself.

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