Press Release

For the 15th edition of Sensory Spaces, Sol Calero (Caracas 1982) has created a colourful meeting place: a patio-like setting where visitors can relax or enter into conversation with each other. Calero is known for scrutinising cultural clichés, especially those relating to Latin American identity. To do this, she employs a motley mix of colours, patterns and forms that are considered typical of this geographical area. The question is whether this image is complete.



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2018

Sol Calero, Sensory Spaces 15

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

13.10.2018 - 13.01.2019




Exhibition October 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Museumpark 18-20 - 3015 CX Rotterdam (The Netherlands). T. +31 10 441 9400.







These lines are lifted from Robert Duncan’s poem Atlantis and figure in a new series of large-scale paintings that Matthew Lutz-Kinoy has developed for his solo show Sea Spray at Vleeshal. A repurposed market in the Gothic town hall of Middelburg, Vleeshal moved from trading meat to displaying contemporary art. Depicted in a 19th century painting, the meat market is represented in full business—with carcasses hanging from hooks on the ceiling and baskets abound, carried by shoppers, spread over the floor and temporarily placed on tables. Vessels to move food from one place to another.

The narrative of the vessel, as it is built in relation to the human body, is an insisting recurrence in Lutz-Kinoy’s work, a multifaceted practice, vacillating from painting to poetry, theater performance to ceramics. In his solo show at Vleeshal the vessel appears in different disguises; as a silkscreened photo of a bottle; as a fishing basket, as a mortuary stretcher made from willow trees. The paintings themselves act as porous vessels too; containers for collages of texts and images that shine through recto-verso, as the canvas is raw and untreated. This enables a flow of forms, where the movement of waves of one painting is meeting the structural grid of another. It’s a freeing of supposedly fixed forms, where text can become texture and image can become language.

In Food for Fire, Food for Thought, Duncan describes what he wants for the last poem: “a loosening of conventions and return to open form.” Lutz-Kinoy’s overall environment for Vleeshal, consisting of soft expressionist paintings and wicker baskets in different stages of becoming, exposes precisely that. The artist describes his show at Vleeshal as “an oversized, unbound book of poems. The pages act as expansive canvases that host painting, photographs and texts. These cotton nets catch and release printed passages, mirrored onto the canvas surfaces.”

One departure point for these new works is Lutz-Kinoy’s ongoing interest in celebrating local food traditions, craft and collaboration, through which Sandor Ellix Katz’s book The Art of Fermentation comes into play. In the foreword, Michael Pollan addresses the poignancy of fermentation “and why an act as quotidian and practical as making your own sauerkraut represents nothing less than a way of engaging with the world. Or rather, with different worlds, each nested inside the other: the invisible world of fungi and bacteria; the community in which you live; and the industrial food system that is undermining the health of our bodies and the land.”

Following this holistic and neurotic logic, we can address the influence of the food we consume, acknowledging the strength of the bacteria inside of us, which dictate our desires and behavior counter to the rational mind. Many of the images that are silkscreened onto this new series of paintings come from Katz’s book. Bacteria are flourishing; seaweeds, drinks and food fermenting on these colorfully stained canvases.

Inside the former meat market we can think of the relation between the world’s carnivorous appetite and the disasters of our changing climate. And inside of the exhibition, we locate ourselves, as large as a person and as small as a bursting sea spray particle.

The exhibition is curated by Roos Gortzak, Vleeshal’s director. In 2013, she curated Keramikos by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy and Natsuko Uchino at Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. In 2015, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy participated in the group show University by the Oceans Academy of Art at Vleeshal Zusterstraat. Sea Spray is Lutz-Kinoy’s first institutional solo show in the Netherlands.

Sol Calero, Sensory Spaces 15, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2018. All Rights Reserved

Sensory Spaces 15: Sol Calero, El Patio, 2018. Installation at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo:  Studio Hans Wilschut.  

Sensory Spaces 15: Sol Calero, El Patio, 2018. Installation at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo:  Studio Hans Wilschut.