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'Gold is the metal for quiet thoughts' is the title of the first solo exhibition at AKINCI by Roger Cremers (b. 1972 in Susteren, the Netherlands). Using his modern ‘magic lantern’ of glass, crystal and lasers, and paintings that include satellites and scientists, Cremers creates the atmosphere of a ‘Wunderkammer’: a collection of associative knowledge without formulas or rules, expressed in a visual form. In our new attachment space we present Charlotte Schleiffert's drawing installation 'Red de Wereld' / 'Save the World'.

Roger Cremers makes lavish use of familiar historical images, such as photos and pictures from old books, which emphasise our striving towards progress. As a romantic, however, Cremers finds that reality presents itself in myths and apparitions, and he adds new ones. The act of thinking creates the forms. The questions that Cremers asks himself and seeks to formulate answers to in his sculptures and paintings are as follows: What shapes our perception? What are the connections between thinking and thought? To what extent does our knowledge match up with reality? Is it not true that we personally construct everything that we believe we know?

None of Roger Cremers’ drawings, sculptures or paintings stands in isolation. His images seize upon, undermine and supplement each other. In the artist’s own words, they are ‘an illustration of visual imagery within science and knowledge formation’. His oeuvre is an expansive exposé concerning the scope of our knowledge; a visual exchange about machinery, scientists, philosophers and the animal kingdom. Cremers arranges exhibition areas like a research centre, with objects that remind one of scientific instruments in aesthetic as well as functional terms.

Roger Cremers (born 1972 in Susteren, the Netherlands) studied at the Academie voor Beeldende Kunst in Maastricht (NL) and at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (NL). Among other places, he has exhibited his work at GEM in The Hague (NL, 2005), the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (UAE, 2003), the Institut Néerlandais, Paris (FR, 2001) and the Tate Modern, London (UK, 2001). His work is to be found in various collections in the Netherlands and other countries, including AKZO Nobel, ABN Amro, the former Peter Stuyvesant collection and a variety of private collections.

Roger Cremers
Gold is the metal for quiet thoughts