The sculptures of visual artist Sander Goosen (1965) are not easy to put into words. The images are mysterious, mysterious; there is no unambiguous meaning that the viewer can find in Goosen's work.
From September 8, Sander Goosen's work can be seen in SBK Galerie 3 in Amsterdam Noord. The opening is on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3 p.m. You are cordially invited. Goosen's works have no title; this would only get in the way of the ambiguous character of the image. The meaning of Goosen's works therefore lies not in the language or in the conceptual, but in the material; in the spaciousness. The sculptures form autonomous objects, which in a certain way already have everything contained within them. The images are abstract, but always remain in dialogue with reality. Spectators can therefore let go of their associations at work; does the work look like an insect? On a spaceship? It is precisely this associative and intuitive character that also guides the working method of the artist. Goosen gets a lot of inspiration from shapes and objects from reality. Architecture is thus a great source of inspiration. Goosen's work is therefore pre-eminently architectural; the artist regularly imagines that he is so small that he can move through his own work, as it were. Goosen's approach is playful and inquisitive. New forms and materials are constantly being discovered. His method is best described as constructing; a whole is slowly built up from smaller elements. No concept precedes this construction; the image arises, as it were. The guiding principle here is that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The different elements within a work by Goosen are therefore in dialogue with each other. The work is therefore only finished when all these proportions are exactly right; from that moment on, all individual elements merge into the whole. Goosen's most recent work is geometric, and made of dark steel, interspersed with colorful surfaces. At first sight, this seems far removed from the figurative work in the first stage, and the organic work in a later stage. Yet it is precisely the constructive method underlying this work that it shares with these two earlier groups of works. In these industrial, geometric sculptures, the construction of smaller elements is very prominent. The material - the profiles that Goosen uses are originally factory products - also emphasize the construction. This creates an intriguing tension in Goosen's work; on the one hand the work is constructed from all smaller elements and on the other hand the work still forms a perfect whole. It is this tension that ensures that the images hold the viewer in their grip for a long time. This work also gives rise to further exploration; one that cannot take place on paper, but only in space.