Richard Venlet

Elisa Platteau Galerie

Walking through the door of Elisa Platteau Galerie, one saw Richard Venlet’s Untitled (Claustra) (all works 2009), a monumental white grille that stretched from the
 floor nearly to the ceiling, immediately to the right and parallel to the wall.
 Behind its bars was a large map, square
 in format and obviously aged, pre-
served within a frame, apparently 
showing a neighborhood in Rome.
 Across from this single adornment, a
 narrow and steep staircase led to the 
second floor. The character of the
 space there was completely different:
 The floor was covered with the aptly 
subtitled Untitled (40 hexagon floor
 elements)—carpeted wooden modules, randomly arranged. At times, 
they formed piles of two or three; there 
were gaps between them, but these 
were too short to constitute passage-
ways, and the hexagonal platforms
 were too wide to step over, so that you 
had to climb over them when

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