Carlijn Mens (*1972)

I walk therefore I am van Carlijn Mens

I walk therefore I am

2015

Amsterdam Drawing  van Carlijn Mens

Amsterdam Drawing

2016

Preserved Places: Schoorl van Carlijn Mens

Preserved Places: Schoorl

2015

23 x 31 cm

Atelier Opname van Carlijn Mens

Atelier Opname

Preserved Places: Schoorl van Carlijn Mens

Preserved Places: Schoorl

2015

192 x 140 cm

Dansa I en ring van Carlijn Mens

Dansa I en ring

2013-2015

150 x 150 cm

Breathe out van Carlijn Mens

Breathe out

2014

125 x 87 cm

Preserved Places, Roadside van Carlijn Mens

Preserved Places, Roadside

2016

59.5 x 42 cm

Related links

www.carlijnmens.nl

The work of Carlijn Mens is as simple in strength as it is vast in size. Working with pressed charcoal and roll paper in unlimited length, her work has the power to make us not only re-look, but to also reconsider. Drawing shadow to preserve light, she works with endless freedom on forest floors, warehouse grounds, and interior walls, going as far as her paper, her body, and the light will allow. The resulting images seem alive and illuminated, and indeed render as images. Charcoal, and the media of drawing in general, are media often strongly associated with gesture and line. Carlijn's work instead affects us as an impression, an immediate visual experience, created over time, but experienced as a whole. While shadows are most often rendered as figure, and light as ground, Mens instead creates a reversal of figure/ground, not through reversing them, but through indentifying them oppositely to how we are accustomed. By identifying shadow as ground, she is able to move light into the figurative role. This methodology, in conjunction with her subject matter and content, do something quite contemporary with a rather traditional medium. Any media employed for creative means must be carried forward, bearing meaning relevant to contemporary culture(s). This is the responsibility of artists, and it is through this symbiotic relationship between ideas and vision, and the simple media of charcoal and paper that Mens moves not only her media forward, but also our own self-awareness of the worlds which we inhabit. She preserves our places with the silent strength of the light she fixes.

I walk therefore I am van Carlijn Mens
Amsterdam Drawing  van Carlijn Mens
Preserved Places: Schoorl van Carlijn Mens
Atelier Opname van Carlijn Mens
Preserved Places: Schoorl van Carlijn Mens
Dansa I en ring van Carlijn Mens
Breathe out van Carlijn Mens
Preserved Places, Roadside van Carlijn Mens

"Flee - Take Flight - and Run"

Carlijn Mens

16 February - 2 March 2013

Mens & Heldens

Carlijn Mens & Wieteke Heldens

25 October - 15 November 2014

Just for a few weeks

Fall Exhibition

21 October - 11 November 2017

"Roadside"

Carlijn Mens

19 May - 9 June 2018