The Rotterdam-based artist Ronald Cornelissen (1960) presents four news sculptures inspired by the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ronald Cornelissen is best known for his idiosyncratic drawings, but he also makes sculptures from simple materials such as blockboard, papier-mâché and cardboard that refer to motifs in his drawings. These sculptures are the basis of his presentation ‘The Horseman’s Kitchenette (When Demons Cook)’ which opens on Saturday 18 September in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
The four enormous sculptures entitled ‘Limbo’, ‘The Great Wave’, ‘Gangrene’ and ‘For the God of Love’ refer to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Book of Revelations in the New Testament. The use of ordinary materials gives the references to politics, religion, fascism and death an everyday character. In addition to the four sculptures, Cornelissen is also showing five photo-collages and drawings.
The drawings and sculptures refer to comics, cartoons, graffiti, music, art and architecture. For example, ‘The Great Wave’ refers to the famous woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai and ‘For the God of Love’ contains a reference to the diamond-encrusted skull by the British artist Damien Hirst.
Cornelissen’s drawings are in private collections in the Netherlands and Switzerland and, in the City Collection administered by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.
For more information about the artist visit: www.ronaldcornelissen.com