The spaciousness of
light and silence
By Hester Jenkings,
Art Historian, Museum Drachten
Corné Quartel is looking for new ways of bringing together abstraction and metaphysical concepts.
His work, which consists of mysterious and luminous light flares and immaterial forms, wants to offer tthe wiewer a different perspective on the world and invites one to reflect about one's own existence. The impression of apparent stillness and timelessness of his work results in a new relationship to the everyday world. Quartel has a fascination with the mystical and with New Age thinking. In the last decade he worked on deepening insights by connecting the visual process with social and existential issues. The spaciousness of silence and light became a major theme in his art practice. Within this development he found ethics to be a form of beauty. In his work he is looking into the relationship between light, color and form, and their sublime qualities. He wants to share with his audience the spiritual experience he has while making the work. For him, the work reflects "the light of the soul." It forms the basis of his quest to portray the inner space.