detail of 'ocean of streams'

ocean of streams

catalogue number: hdv 1992.011.
date created: 1992
classification: drawings
medium: coloured pencil on paper
dimensions: 172 × 292 cm
signature and inscriptions: []
current location: collection Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede (inv. 4278)
collecting history: acquired through Art Affairs, Amsterdam
related works: 'ocean of streams', 1999
comment: in this work thousands of names of rivers and watercourses have been written down in blue pencil, and together they form an 'ocean of streams'. These names provide information about the history of a region. Over time they were used unthinkingly and they lost their meaning. The retention or recovery of knowledge of the world plays a role in many of de vries’s works.
photo/scan: courtesy text Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Alkmaar
rights & reproduction: herman de vries/Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede
exhibition history
1993 'herman de vries. botanische werke und andere neue arbeiten', Galerie Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart
1998 'herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit', Stadthaus Ulm, Ulm
2019 'herman de vries. voor jullie voeten', Stedelijk Museum Alkmaar, Alkmaar
published references
exhibition catalogue herman de vries. aus der wirklichkeit (Stadt Ulm : Ulm 1998) image repr. on page 74.