The visual consequences of changing the destination

environmental art Joost Gerritsen From A to B


As you set out for Ithaka hope the voyage is a long one, full of adventure, full of discovery.*

 It’s not were you go, it’s not were your coming from but it’s what’s in between the starting point and destination. 

I changed my course, but still I’m sailing on the same ocean. I changed the sail, but still it’s the same wind blowing inspiration or frustration depending on my line of sight.

I changed my boat, I’m sailing on the ocean of three dimensional art works and I love it. I’m changing my destination and I’m sailing on the flow of consequences made by intuitive alterations.

The sculptures I make are carefully constructed worlds. Every decision I make during the process is balanced. Some combinations work, some don’t and only by carefully fine tuning the work will reveal itself.

I don’t want to difine anything. I’m not interested in the meaning of any subject, may it be figurative or abstract. I don’t care about facial expressions or the tonal colour of the leaves of a tree. Neither am I interested in the abstract values of paint stroke, the surface of the canvas or it’s context in art history.

What I want to achieve with my sculptures is to find a path were I can give objects a new meaning, a new life. It’s the classical alchemy or shamanistic approach. Change lead into gold. Hair and toenails into a curing potion. In a way it’s recycling stuff, changing the value of the substance.

  • (first sentence of the poem Ithaka by C.P. Cavafy)