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Threshold is a very simple exhibition. It consists of nine paintings in the white square walls of Jay Joplingís White Cube gallery in London. There are no people in them, only abstract, empty landscapes manufactured, suburban, industrial.
Koenís approach is far from obvious. He paints his spaces from obtuse, strange angles. Mattress, for example, depicts a bright pink sun-lounger on paving stones, but itís seen from a low, long view in a place that canít be defined. There is something absorbing in these empty, blank spaces.
His work is inspired by ďthe great road tripĒ. Zion to him is a blurred, empty Alpine cliff-top road. Shadows of trucks fall across his canvas, but itís only a transitory involvement. Viewers are literally on the threshold of the world Koen paints Ė garage doors are closed, railroads and circuses are too far in the distance to enter. His world is obscured and dehumanised yet strangely beautiful. Francesca Gavin 12 December 03
Threshold - Koen van den Broek is at White Cube, London, until 17 January 04.
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