The Same and the Other
7 september 2023 - 16 november 2024
Marc Nagtzaam (°1968, NL-Helmond) has been producing a body of work that is based on one main subject: the idea of pattern, the repetition. The repetition and the graphic structure of his works seems reminiscent of minimal and conceptual aesthetics. Most of Marc Nagtzaam´s drawings consist of darkly filled in graphite surfaces. Abstracted elements from architecture, graphic design, details from found photographs, or parts from previous drawings are starting points for every series of works. This source material is being reduced, with basic, elementary means: dots, lines and flat surfaces, to construct a sort of structure. The work takes place between opposing forces: arbitrariness vs. order, regularity vs. intuitive chaos, preconceived rules vs. improvisation with an intention. It arises in the space between thought and emotion, between control and loss of grip.
Nagtzaam’s artist’s books ‘Zeichnungen’ (2015) and ‘Farben’ (2022), both made with a Riso Duplicator, were the stating point for a new way of working. Instead of working on a single motif for each drawing, he combines several opposing elements in one single work, through a proces of layering various motifs on top of each other, constantly searching for new connections and overlaps.
For his exhibition at umbrella Marc Nagtzaam will bring together works in a variety of media ranging from photographs and drawings (on paper as well as wall drawings) to Riso prints.
Marc Nagtzaam, Tokyo Group / White Space. 2022 Digital file, Courtesy the artist
Marc Nagtzaam, Farben, 2021, 30 x 22 cm, Unique Riso print, Courtesy the artist