Oh! When love is gone, where does it go?
Heden – Den haag, NL
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 guide his beloved Eurydice out of the underworld, but on one condition: she must walk behind him and he must not look back at her. As they walk, his doubts grow: is she really still there? When his self-control finally collapses, he turns around and finds they were indeed together, but alas: just up to the moment he looked. In retrospect, 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. However, it is impossible to capture. You cannot reach it through any language, nor with any imagery. Paradoxically, 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 to see it?