Conte and mixed media on paper
2012, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
This drawing shows a compilation of scenes that form part of Van Lieshout’s film "Janus". For 'Janus', Erik van Lieshout chose an eponymous collector of curiosities as his subject, who, having recently died, never actually appears in the film. After his death, Van Lieshout acquired Janus' entire collection. The multiple facets of his image are reconstructed by way of controversial descriptions. Van Lieshout films Janus’ environment in the dilapidated terraced housing estate of Rotterdam South near his own studio, interviewing perplexed relatives and sceptical neighbours. The urban encounters are framed by his conversations with the actor Marien Jongewaard and his occasionally dramatic monologues. These function as a metalevel, but one that is constantly interrupted by jokes and absurdities. The film bears the traits of a sociological study and a reality soap and is carried by van Lieshout’s performance. As with former projects, the artist himself becomes an actor in his own film.