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Irene van de Mheen

Galería Magda Bellotti

Irene van de Mheen is a Dutch artist who has lived in Spain since 1992. Since she graduated from art school, her work has been connected to the Dutch Neo-Plasticist legacy and to its formulation, which was concerned with the oppositions found in the most basic elements of painting—color, line, and space. Van de Mheen has added another element to this formulation, one fundamental to her work: an emphasis on the manual nature of the artist’s work (especially drawing), as opposed to perfection. Another component that many Neo-Plasticists toyed with and that van de Mheen also uses frequently is the notion of space as both a real and a visual element, one with which artwork interrelates in a variety of ways.

A Dutch artist whose work is rooted in Neo-Plasticism might be suspected of seeking facile identification with an artistic commonplace, a sort of visiting card for a foreign audience. Van

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