Willem de Rooij

Rye Wonk

April 2 - May 2, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2nd, 6-8pm

456 W 18th Street

Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce Rye Wonk, a solo exhibition by the Dutch artist Willem de Rooij. This is his third solo exhibition with the gallery.

Willem de Rooij has been producing hand woven, abstract tapestries since 2009. For Rye Wonk he will present a series of new weavings, where the interplay of warp and weft, the weave, the tension, the materiality and thickness of the threads, their colors and textures, are all of crucial importance. The fact that they are installed on walls makes it hard to categorize them: textile compositions or pictorial objects? An intricate visual dilemma reflective of de Rooij’s diverse aesthetic focused on the question of pictoriality. Although, despite this slippage, one is tempted to read them as de Rooij’s version of “pictures” in an oeuvre that has historically consisted primarily of filmic and object-based works; the weavings aim to generate meaning through the material they are made of, not through external references. These works have not arisen from a particular interest in textiles or craft skills, for instance, but are instead embedded in a multifaceted practice which has for over two decades analyzed the conventions of presentation and representation and assesses the tension between socio-political and autonomous image production.

Alongside these weavings de Rooij will present a number of new ‘Bouquets’, the latest in a series of visually complex, monumental floral sculptures that began in 2002. On one level these bouquets invite the pleasure of immediate sensory experience, however, the careful selection and grouping of individual blooms can also hint at abstract notions such as diversity, or the relation between the individual and the collective.

Unifying these two bodies of work is, among other things, de Rooij’s continual exploration of the notion of authorship. Many of his installations include works by other artists or objects loaned from ethnographic collections, and collaborations with florists, photographers or writers create new, composite layers of meaning.

Born in Beverwijk, the Netherlands in 1969, de Rooij currently lives and works in Berlin. De Rooij studied art history at the University of Amsterdam and art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Since 2006 he has held the post of Professor of Fine Art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt. His work is in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Moderner Kunst, Foundation Ludwig, Vienna; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

An illustrated catalogue with an essay by Vanessa Joan Müller was produced for this show and in connection with de Rooij’s forthcoming solo exhibit at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main scheduled for the Fall of 2016.

Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. For press inquiries, please contact Janine Latham at janine@petzel.com, or call (212) 680-9467.


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    We Really Log
    2015
    Hand-woven tapestry on wooden stretcher
    66.93 x 66.93 inches
  • 2 / 20
    Regrown Lab
    2015
    Hand-woven tapestry on wooden stretcher
    53.15 x 110.24 inches
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    Paring Elk
    2015
    Hand-woven tapestry on wooden stretcher
    84.65 x 53.15 inches
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    Bouquet XV
    2015
    MdF pedestals with integrated base for floor fixation
    Pedestal Dimensions: 39.37 x 15.75 x 15.75 inches
    Vase Dimensions: 13.78 x 15.75 inches
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    Large Yellow
    2015
    Hand-woven tapestry on wooden stretcher
    94.49 x 94.49 inches
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    Large Brown
    2015
    Hand-woven tapestry on wooden stretcher
    74.8 x 153.54 inches
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    Large Pink
    2015
    hand-woven tapestry on wooden stretcher
    118.11 x 74.8 inches
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    Bouquet XII
    2015
    MdF pedestals with integrated base for floor fixation
    Pedestal Dimensions: 39.37 x 21.65 x 21.65 inches
    Vase Dimensions: 27.56 x 18.5 inches
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    Bouquet XIII
    2015
    MdF pedestals with integrated base for floor fixation
    Pedestal Dimensions: 39.37 x 21.65 x 21.65 inches
    Vase Dimensions: 27.56 x 18.5 inches
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    Bouquet XIV
    2015
    MdF pedestals with integrated base for floor fixation
    Pedestal Dimensions: 39.37 x 21.65 x 21.65 inches
    Vase Dimensions: 27.56 x 18.5 inches
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This catalogue is published on the occasion of the exhibition Willem de Rooij, at Petzel Gallery, New York, April 2015 and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, October 2016

This publication features the text "Interlacing Systems" by Vanessa Joan Müller

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln and Petzel, New York

© 2015 Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln; Petzel, New York; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin; MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

ISBN 978-3-86335-722-1