Marijke van Warmerdam

Galerie van Gelder

In terms of scale, the most prominent work in Marijke van Warmerdam’s exhibition was It’s a sunny day, 1999, a makeshift pool in which floated ten brightly colored plastic garbage bags. The water was kept in constant motion and the sacks, filled with a lightweight transparent plastic, were forever forming new constellations. This work, originally made for another exhibition (“à vent” at the FRAC Langue-doc-Roussillon, 1999), was a bit out of proportion with the small gallery space and seemed superfluous. Its weakness was fortunately more than compensated for by a film loop in the gallery's back room. It crossed my mind, 2000, shows a woman slowly moving one raised finger toward her nose in order to look cross-eyed; as the finger approaches her nose, her face comes into focus, only to go out of focus again as the camera pans away to a purple SUV. The vehicle’s hood opens mysteriously,

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