The Dutch artist based in Amsterdam and New York Lily van der Stokker presents Huh, at the Koening and Clinton Gallery, NY.
Huh is discussion about beauty, femininity, and optimism to which the ugly, the cheap, and the vacant are tethered.Huh holds a mirror to art world clichés and power structures, and laughs about them. Affixed to the Gallery’s wall, a pink retail sign advertises: only yelling older women in here/nothing to sell. Just opposite, van der Stokker’s vast acrylic wall paintings engulf the main gallery space. Initially inspired by the artist’s own floral-patterned pajama pants, handwritten speech bubbles are adorned with curlicues, puffy clouds, and floral motifs. Sculptural objects expand the wall paintings’ reach into three dimensions, while custom-made furniture invokes interior décor, a nod to feminine beautification and domestic coziness.
“The reputation of pink is one of low intellect,” notes van der Stokker. “For me, Nothing and pink represent a comfort zone, a return to the womb, to the mother, to sleep, to the bed; a world without ambition or hierarchy; the ground. Here, pink is a world of pleasure, of goals unreached, a world without urgency or pressure.”
LILY VAN DER STOKKER, HUH
Until October 18, 2014
Koenig & Clinton
459 W19th St, NYC 1001