Jasper Hagenaar: Haven

Painting by Jasper Hagenaar (photo: courtesy of Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art
Painting by Jasper Hagenaar (photo: courtesy of Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam)

Judith Vrancken reviews the exhibition Jasper Hagenaar: Haven at Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, on view through February 2, 2013.

Vrancken writes: "All of the paintings in the show are made with oil on paper, then pasted on panels. This technique contributes to the ephemerality of the scenes displayed; Hagenaar’s brushstrokes are clearly visible, making up for compositions that seem to be covered by a thin veil.... Sometimes manifesting the uncanny, the paintings function as spaces of evocation of memory – perhaps the artist’s own. It’s tempting to think that his imagined scenes come from a desire to turn ephemeral moments, memories and fantasies into a tangible present by giving them shape on paper."