Koen Kloosterhuis

Sundays on a private planet

Two characters supposedly meet on planet X, but a third might suspect that this is actually not the case. The situation is invisible to the naked eye, yet it is true: each walks on a different planet, one on X and the other on Y. A fourth character may say that one, two and three all live on planet XY, but then where does he live? Planet Z is home to number five, but he doesn’t really bother with the rest.

Universe XYZ

Since 2014, Centraal Museum director Edwin Jacobs has offered a promising student of Utrecht’s HKU University of the Arts the opportunity to exhibit in the museum. In 2014 fashion designer Saba Tark caught his eye; this year he chose artist Koen Kloosterhuis, who will exhibit an installation originally created for his Fine Art graduation project.
Entitled Sundays on a private planet, the installation consists of a semi-round black painted wall, a human-height disc and various shapes and objects strewn across the floor, ranging from geometric shapes and a divining rod (or something like it) to a comb, soap, toothbrush and fork amidst items that elude description. The totality forms a clear composition, although what the composition signifies is hard to pinpoint. Perhaps there’s some connection to the world of mathematical and abstract shapes derived from nature? The composition is replete with riddles, giving it an air of mystery.
Kloosterhuis’s work is reminiscent of Constant Nieuwenhuys’ 1972 painting, Espace and destruction, or Armando’s 1970 Black bolts on white. These works were created during a time of artistic innovation, which gave birth to radically open and associative imagery. Many artists of this period embraced the boundless wealth of abstraction as a driver of the imagination and source of new and inspiring panoramas. It may still be too early to expect something similar from Koen Kloosterhuis, but his work undeniably has exciting potential. This is an ambitious young artist who is unafraid to redefine the dimension of the abstract.