Solo Exhibition An Icarus

Doppelgänger III, series #3, 2014-2015, h 153,5 cm x b 129 cm (h 60.4 x w 50.8 inch), adhesive film on drawing polyester mounted on a light box, collection Kennedy Van der Laan-Contemporary visual artist Patrick Koster’s solo exhibition The laments of an Icarus at Kennedy Van der Laan Amsterdam-Exposition personnelle de l'artiste visuel contemporain Patrick Koster Les lamentations d'un Icare à Kennedy Van der Laan Amsterdam-Die Einzelausstellung des zeitgenössischen bildenden Künstlers Patrick Koster Die Klage eines Ikarus bei Kennedy Van der Laan Amsterdam-Exposición individual del artista visual contemporáneo Patrick Koster Los lamentos de un Ícaro en Kennedy Van der Laan Amsterdam-Mostra personale dell'artista visivo contemporaneo Patrick Koster I lamenti di un Icaro a Kennedy Van der Laan Amsterdam-当代视觉艺术家帕特里克·科斯特(Patrick Koster)的个展《肯尼迪·范德兰·阿姆斯特丹的伊卡洛斯之哀》- 現代のビジュアルアーティスト、パトリックコスターの個展ケネディヴァンデアランアムステルダムでのイカロスの嘆き

Solo Exhibition An Icarus at Kennedy Van der Laan Art with work by Patrick Koster.

It is not often that you come across an artist who has been working in his studio for about twenty years. During this period he has hardly ever shown his work. More often it happens that artists come out a little too quickly with immature work.

It is also worth mentioning that in those years a close and consistent body of work has emerged. These works are difficult to compare with the work of others. Yet Patrick Koster is not a hermit. He is in the middle of the world. Patrick runs a karate school. He sees exhibitions, reads a lot and collects images and stories from the big world. The world as it appears in our newspapers. He does not watch television.

Knives and scissors are his brushes

He compiles his own images from the folders and scrapbooks full of remarkable photos from the newspaper, which we quickly take for granted. This is done sketching, in pencil, then cutting and pasting until he likes it. Then he enlarges the sketch manually and ‘paints’ with layers of colored, transparent film. Knives and scissors are his brushes. That adhesive plastic has something of the stickers that he already liked as a child and pasted everywhere.
He pioneered a completely personal working method.

Issues of right and wrong

What motivates him are major social issues of good and evil. The derailed boys who cause so much suffering, with their acts of desperation or well-organized violent actions. Sometimes the images are taken from works of art history where murder scenes are depicted as heroes in war scenes.


The large triptych in the restaurant entitled ‘Icarus’ depicts the rescue operation of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 17 days in 2010 and were eventually lifted up one by one in a capsule. From darkness to light.

The works are incredibly well composed, compositionally crystal clear and yet exciting, touching big things without being compelling. There is much to experience in many ways and to enjoy sophisticated use of color.

As an art committee, we consider ourselves lucky to see this work see the light of day, because it deserves it. You will soon be warmly invited to Solo Exhibition An Icarus to meet the artist at a meeting in at Kennedy Van der Laan. [Erik Mattijssen]