Marijn van Kreij / Riffs and Variations
Born in 1978 in Middelrode, The Netherlands, Marijn van Kreij lives and
works in Amsterdam. Van Kreij uses a range of media, including drawing,
sculpture and video. Central to his practice is an idiosyncratic process
of appropriation, repetition and copy, made manifest through various
devices, including the staging of ready-mades. Van Kreij’s pieces often
borrow lyrics from pop songs or re-visit historical works of art.
Drawings, such as “Untitled (Styles, Crews, Flows, Beats) #1, #2”
(2007), first appear as absent-minded doodles where text, marks and
images coexist on the same page. But through a characteristic process of
doubling, whereby van Kreij copies his own drawings, the chaotic
compositions’ calculated effect is revealed as a complex anarchical
poetics built on the free interplay of textual and visual signs. Untill the 14th of October at Paul Andriesse Amsterdam.