Carla Klein (b. 1970) has us look through a car window that covers the panorama like a blotchy filter: a dual carriageway in a vast landscape. The size of the canvas contributes to the feeling of immense vastness and space. Road markings and a few (utility?) poles lead the eye into the distance. The
... coarse, broad and barely opaque brushstrokes notwithstanding, this work looks very realistic.
Klein studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (1988-1993) and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (1995). She likes to focus on ‘inner worlds’ and human structures and facilities, such as swimming pools, airports, metro stations, greenhouses, and roads. The viewer steps into these scenes, becoming a part of them; however, in her impressive canvases, humankind is conspicuous by its very absence.
Text: Boris Ariaens, guide and museum host