About the work of Rob Voerman
The monumental architectural constructions, small sculptures, delicate drawings and staged photographs by the Dutch artist Rob Voerman (1966) are disturbing and seductive at the same time. They sketch a perfectly constructed, utopian world with apocalyptic traits, a world that is continually proliferating but is also protected, a world that has broken down but is also rising from its ashes.
In addition, Voerman’s work has an important critical component: the central perspective has been abandoned for more points on the horizon, more views, for alternatives. In this way, in addition to an aesthetic, Voerman always performs an imaginary role: there are vehicles for thoughts, vehicles for change, discussion and analysis. Voerman’s three-dimensional sculptures and monumental installations are wonders of architectural and tactile ingenuity.
Recently Voerman started a new body of work on which he will keep working over the coming years. He will build large models of places or buildings related to power (economical, financial, information, military, etc.) He will then transform these buildings by adding his architecture and claddings in, through and around the existing architecture. Though this Voerman respons and transforms the actual function of these sites/buildings. By this Voerman comment on the existing power-structures and systems and touches and raises questions on alternative models. These models will then also “act” in a serie of large new lightboxes.
Voerman’s work is exhibited internationally: from America to China and Japan. His work has been included in the collections of the MoMA (New York), the UCLA Hammer Museum (LA), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), the Musée d’Art Contemporaine (Kinshasa), the Generali Foundation (Vienna) and numerous other public and private collections in the Netherlands and abroad.