In the exhibition Conversations #2, layer by layer Chaim van Luit reveals different memories, anecdotes and stories by Jo Eyck. He interweaves these directly or indirectly with his own work. The exhibition’s starting point is Jo Eyck’s childhood room, where he spent many hours in front of the window during a long illness. In this period, he learned to look, thus laying the foundation for how he has arranged his life around art and nature.
Chaim van Luit translates Jo Eyck’s children’s room into an installation on the ground floor of the Coach House. He presents a selection of works in and around this structure, illustrating the connection between past and present and exploring the topics from Eyck and Van Luit’s conversations. The works thus explore notions of domesticity, nature, looking, the relationship between inside and outside, and the passage of time.
Chaim van Luit places archaeology in the context of art. While strolling through forests and cities, Van Luit collects unusual materials, such as salt, stone or fireworks. The finds provide a starting point for his sculptures, photos and videos. At first glance, the simple, reduced forms stand out. Upon closer inspection, the images often appear to carry vestiges of a specific history, such as the wayfinding created by visitors in Limburg’s marl caves or scars on a person’s skin. Van Luit meticulously documents his quests for secret entrances, hidden cave systems or objects. His fieldwork often constitutes the work of art itself.
Van Luit studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and the Van Eyck Academy, Maastricht.
Once every two years, Conversations invites artists, filmmakers, architects or designers who were born and raised in the Euregion and who are at different phases of their artistic practice: young and emerging, mid-career and established. The notion of the conversation always provides the starting point for a presentation at the eighteenth-century Coach House.