Diederik Klomberg (Oisterwijk 1963) made the architectural installation ‘Never odd or even’ for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in The Cloverleaf. The Cloverleaf, on the ground floor, is a perfectly symmetrical space that is part of the museum building designed by the architect Ad van der Steur in 1935.
Klomberg subdivided the perfect proportions of The Cloverleaf and mirrored them, creating visual blockades, reflections and sightlines. He is interested in the way perception can fool the intellect. He created an illusory environment with basic visual information and a misleadingly simple geometric installation.
‘Never odd or even’
The title of this work, ‘Never odd or even’, reflected the symmetry of the space and the installation alike. The title is a palindrome, a word or phrase that reads the same forwards or backwards. This symmetry notwithstanding, the viewer was constantly wrong-footed in the installation. The different spaces appeared continually to transform, to subdivide or merge into one another. The finished work was formed in the perception of each individual viewer: the artist created the ideal conditions for the illusion that took shape in the minds of his audience.