“I Am Still What I Wanted to Be,” is the first solo show in the U.S. for Rik Meijers. Assemblage paintings and drawings make up this special exhibit at Friedman Benda in NYC. The artist is also currently exhibiting at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Rik Meijers, Couple, mixed media on canvas, 95 x 71″, 2006.
Rik Meijers is a well known musician in his native country. His nightly encounters with the nightlife have informed the content of these densely crafted character studies.
Rik Meijers, Trio, mixed media on canvas, 72 x 110″, 2004.
Meijers has taken cues over the years from pulp realist writers like Celine and Bukowski. This narrow alley is strewn with the waste of the life. It is this material that is literally assembled in bas relief engaging with the paint the swirling nostalgia of bottle caps, tar, glitter and glass.
Rik Meijers, Man of Wounds, mixed media on canvas, 106 x 75″, 2006.
I Am Still What I Wanted to Be
21 April – 28 May 2011