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Maaike Schoorel

Frans Hals Museum - Hal

Aptly titled “Album,” Maaike Schoorel’s first solo museum show offers eleven paintings from the past four years that are as ungraspable as sun-bleached photographs or developing Polaroids. At first, Schoorel’s canvases seem almost blank; they appear to be abstract monochromes in shades of white. However, with some effort on the viewer’s part, subtle brushstrokes of pale colors and soft lines convincingly emerge to suggest an image.

Schoorel’s slow art aims to intensify the act of perception. In providing only the fragments of an unknown scene, her paintings are reminiscent of Cy Twombly’s works of the early 1960s. But formally, there are great differences between the two. Schoorel’s fragments imply meaning only in relation to one another, whereas Twombly’s marks can also be read as separate symbols. It is the potential connection between certain entities that interests Schoorel. She asks

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