Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
Daniel Mullen (1985, Scotland) is fascinated by the concept of emptiness. In Western cultural philosophy, emptiness is often seen as insignificance. It is based on the absence of something. The Eastern perspective, on the other hand, often sees emptiness as an antechamber, a barrel that is still being filled, a fruit from which something can be born. The raw linen on which Mullen starts making his paintings is such a vessel of potential. Something is already present here and the painter fills it in further.
The optical illusion that the painting Introspective offers us is made up of a repetition of rectangles, each with a minor adjustment. The razor-sharp, geometric painting routine seduces our imagination almost immediately to the search for visual perspective and the sensation of space.
Courtesy of Marian Cramer projects