Lily van der Stokker

galleria francesca kaufmann

Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker covered the exterior of an entire building with white on pink decorative motifs for Expo 2000 in Hannover. Adjusting this ornamental gigantism to the more ordinary dimensions of an interior gallery space, the artist perhaps allowed more subtlety to come into play. Large sinuous lines delineating fuchsia or similarly syrupy-colored flowers, typical of the artist’s style, were repeated uniformly. There was a difference in the treatment of the gallery’s two rooms that, though it was not obvious at first, ultimately revealed the conceptual dimension of van der Stokker’s work, despite its apparent banality. The untitled wall painting in the first room—which is the gallery proper, the exhibition space—was conceived as the work to be “shown”; it was thus presented in the empty room. The adjacent room is a functional space (the office), and it was likewise

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