(1963, Drachten, Netherlands)
Too enticing not to believe.
Broadly speaking Pieter W. Postma is a visual artist, but first and foremost he’s a gifted storyteller; he creates ‘Stories to be told’.
The stories he weaves reach out into other worlds beyond that of ours. Parallel universes, essentially, each populated by surreal phenomena. Out there new explorers discover each other, and, in the process, our universe. For their journeys, they make use of brightly colored vehicles and vessels, sometimes even leaving behind traces in this world.
Postma shows us such individual artifacts in a modern-day cabinet of curiosities, be it a cloud, a misplaced glove, a mask or even part of a crashed vehicle. On other occasions, he recreates entire scenes, displayed like a diorama.
These works typically evoke a sort of amazement an humor. It’s reminiscent of the awe experienced; like a young child confronted with a bright, Technicolor world that’s just come to life. A genuine ode to wonder.
As he creates these images and installations Postma combines both hard and soft materials. Built with wood, polyester, and metals. And cloth, rubber, and leather. In his own words, Postma is now pretty handy with a needle and thread.
And that’s the artist. Whenever Postma unleashes his huge imagination, worlds of new friends and abstracts come to life in his hands. Parts of his elaborate productions are fully polished and carefully calculated to the smallest of details, like a true virtuoso. Other elements remain as sketches, leaving loose ends for the viewer. Such contradictions of finesse and the unfinished actually serve to give these installations a more focused depth. The sketched concepts hold the viewer at a distance, enabling them to see the work as a whole, while the intricate details are irresistibly tempting, perpetually pulling the gaze of the viewer deeper and deeper.
Undoubtedly Postma has fun when reconstructing these spectacles. His work seems to communicate that imagination and creativity are two of the finest qualities of people. And the fun is contagious. While the scenarios are bizarre, surreal and utterly out of this world, you can’t help but believe in them.
1990 – 1995 | Kunstacademie Gerrit Rietveld in Amsterdam, Netherlands
1985 – 1989 | Werktuigbouwkunde at Hogeschool Amsterdam, Netherlands
1983 – 1985 | Informatica at Rijksuniversiteit in Leiden, Netherlands
2015 | ‘Bewezen Talent’ Grand from Mondriaan Fund
2010 | Scholarship from BKVB Fund Amsterdam
2003 | Scholarship from BKVB Fund Amsterdam
2019 | ‘3 Sets Wilde Frambozen’ at Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019 | ‘Stories to be Told’ at Kennedy van der Laan in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2019 | ‘Celebrating the Void’ at de Vishal in Haarlem, Netherlands
2018 | Fair ‘Art on Paper’ with Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2018 | ‘Zijn leden van het Oog’ at de Passages in Gent, Belgium
2017 | ‘Kersentuin’ at KunstRai in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2017 | Fair ‘BIG ART’ with Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands
2016 | ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ at Koel310 in Alkmaar, Netherlands
2015 | Twente Bienale in Enschede, Netherlands
2014 | ‘To the Zoo’ at Kers Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands
20013 | ‘Contemporary Matters’ at Drawing Diversity in Rotterdam, Netherlands