Veul Vrolie

 

 

DUENDE
Gallery Germinahof, Sterksel, The Nederlands
2002

VEUL VROLIE
Very mixed media, various sizes

Veul Vrolie
 

At the entrance of the gallery I hung out a four metre high flag in a big tree. On the grass field, in front of the gallery, a caddish car is parked covered with prints of red roses.
The windows sealed up with prints of fire images.
Inside the car, eight strong light spots are flickering in an irregular rhythm. It looks as if the interior of the car is burning like hell. Loud music with a stamping and steaming rhythm (Vengo) comes out from under the hood. On top of the hood is a classic figure of a dance-couple mounted. Hanging over the entrance door there is a neon sign. Design and text make the suggestion that this location is rather a bar than a gallery.
The words "Veul Vrolie" are written in a local dialect.
The English translation for it is "Lots of Women".
The three elements, flag, car, and neon sign, are a reference to the countrified Saturday-night Duende sense.
Piquant detail is that 12 women and only 4 men participated in this exhibition.