Oh! When love is gone, where does it go?
at Heden, Den haag
Solo Exhibition / October 29 – December 10 , 2016
The title “Oh! When love is gone, where does it go?” comes from a lyric from the band “Arcade Fire “, and is about the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus may take his beloved Eurydice from the underworld, but under one condition: she walks behind him and he is not allowed to turn around and look at her. During their walk, his doubts grow: is she really still there? When his self-control finally collapses, he turns around to peek. It turns out they were indeed together, but alas: just up till the moment he looked. Eurydice sadly disappears. In retrospect, his ignorance was bliss.
The work of Micha Patiniott tries to point to that which you cannot see – according to him, one might find something very interesting between the moment of looking and not-looking. It is however impossible to capture it. You cannot reach it by any language, nor with any imagery. Paradoxically, Micha Patiniott still makes paintings about this elusive ‘thing’. What is it, sitting there in the in-between? Is there really something there? And if so, where does it disappear to when you try look at it?