maandag 16 november 2009

Rik Smits is a Dutch artist who lives and works in The Hague. In his ballpoint drawings he shows modern cities which are driven on wealth and on technical and architectural innovation. In these cityscapes, churches are situated in desolated places. These churches are always abandoned and partly demolished. They breathe the spirit of a long gone ghost which is forgotten by the modern city ideals. A conflict is born. Metaphorically this shows the contrast between capitalism and religion. The churches are a symbol for religion in general. The modern western cities are a metaphor for capitalism, which can also be considered as a religion. Perhaps the new religion. So this contrast is actually more of a resemblance This paradox is the key interest and motivation for the artistic concept of Rik Smits

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