The title of the exhibition ‘Inverse Archaeology’ refers to a method that serves to reflect on and analyse the mental construction of our daily physical environment. Instead of excavating artefacts and traces of the past from deep under the soil, the term ’inverse archaeology’ emphasizes surfaces and surface features which determine our individual perceptions. By stressing and exploring the spatial and phenomenal qualities of the canvas, the artist moves beyond the Greenbergian idea of the flatness of the medium of painting - and simultaneously beyond its illusive effect. In this respect the physical presence of the painting itself moulds the context and starting point for Maarten Overdijk’s art practice and for this exhibition in particular.
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