Gerben Hermanus

“Hope For You!” – ink on toilet paper 


“In times of crisis, don’t fight over toilet paper, but send a bit of hope (Hoop)

I started this mail art project in March, when Corona Lockdown kicked in. 1 Roll of toilet paper was the inspiration for 200 sheets of HOOP (Hope). Hoop in Dutch abo means “a pile of shit’ and that’s what corona is. By sending people this sheet of hope via snail/mail, physical contact was happening and at the same times a feeling of not being alone”

The Visual Detective – Gerben Hermanus (1971, Deventer, Netherlands) makes drawings, sculptures, performances and installations. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Hermanus absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation. \\His drawings establish a link between the landscape's reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, he investigates the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to us. \\Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of our imagination. His collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, he often creates work using creative game tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.

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