On September 12th, Design Matters Gallery will debut "Reclaimed Icons", the first Los Angeles solo exhibit show by Dutch artist Diederick Kraaijeveld. Diederick Kraaijeveld constructs truly unique photo-realistic collages from salvaged wood. His images are icons plucked from the contemporary Diaspora: Chuck Taylor Converses, a Magnum .44, a roll of dollar bills, a pack of cigarettes, a VW van. Kraaijeveld’s pieces have all been beautifully created from genuine, coloured vintage wood that the artist himself collects as he travels the globe: from abandoned buildings in the Mojave Desert to 16th century Dutch mansion floors. Though the pieces burst with colour, Kraaijeveld doesn’t use a drop of paint himself. He chooses, instead, to preserve the original colour and hue, allowing the individual layers to form their own unique combinations. These striking arrangements, of untouched and irregular wood surfaces, allow their history to shine through.
Thursday, September 12th 7-10pm Design Matters Gallery 11527 West Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064 designmattersla.com