Ger van Elk
Self Painted Palet, 1993
Screenprint on photolithograph on paper, edition of 50 numbered copies
Ger van Elk is regarded as one of the pioneers of conceptual art in the Netherlands, together with his contemporaries Jan Dibbets, Marinus Boezem and Stanley Brouwn. His knack for humorously putting things into perspective undermines the traditional dividing lines between painting, sculpture and photography and between the two- and three-dimensional.
This print was published along with three others in 1993 by galerie de Expeditie in Amsterdam. Ger van Elk himself figures in it. The work features themes typical of his oeuvre: the tension between abstraction (such as the triangle, rectangle and circle) and figuration (a corner in a space, an artist, a palette), photography and painting, and here specifically, black and white and colour. As is often the case with Van Elk, this work draws on art history to provide commentary on artistry.
Gallerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam, donated this work