25 June 2015 – 1 July 2015


Blain|Southern presents a single piece statement booth at Masterpiece London, 2015, continuing a tradition that the gallery has upheld over the previous two years. The gallery is proud to showcase Jeroen Verhoeven’s work, Lectori Salutem, 2010.

Lectori Salutem is a complex creation made from highly-polished stainless steel. While ostensibly a desk, its flowing contours and reflective surfaces play a game of smoke and mirrors with the eye; from some aspects it looks like a machine, from others an object of hand-crafted beauty.

The piece combines skilled craftsmanship with complex industrial processes. It progresses from Verhoeven’s earlier Cinderella Table (2004-2007), editions of which are in the permanent collections of the V&A, London and MoMA, New York, amongst others. One side of the desk seems to have been spliced in two, exposing the beauty of the engineering within. When the work is viewed from certain angles, two silhouettes can be seen, depicting Verhoeven’s twin brother Joep and Judith de Graauw who worked alongside the artist to create the piece. Lectori Salutem thus tells the story of its own creation, allowing the viewer an insight into the physical construction of the work, as well as providing a highly personal link with its makers. Verhoeven sees this as an essential element of his output: ‘We are storytellers, from fantasy to factory, from statement to product’.

Blurring the lines between artist and designer, Verhoeven purposely refuses to attribute his work to one discipline or the other. He asks, ‘Why do I have to put myself into a certain box?’ mirroring the ethos of Masterpiece, a fair which integrates art, antiquities and design.


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