Organic Minimalism

E-IMG_0378There is something magical about how the finite becomes infinite and the infinite becomes finite through numbers. The inexhaustible way in which they may be applied, combined and repeated, is what turns these seemingly simple colored shapes into living symbols. This versatility in simplicity resuscitates a rare and remarkable sense of connectedness, otherwise lost or depreciated within the modern condition. All of a sudden, this splintered modern world appear reconnected. Cohesion is gracefully and playfully restored. Which may in fact be a far greater artistic accomplishment than simply confirming the immediate disruption of things.

In some rare cases an apparent easiness may be a sign of great depth. In this sense, Vera Rahbek is something of a rare spirit who challenges the boundaries of the modern art scene. Those who see her lightness and colorfulness only as signs of an easy optimism, misunderstand the nature of her concern and the sweat of the effort. And those who see her geometrical rigor only as a relapse into premodern formalisms, miss the hard won sovereignty of her endeavor, the strong element of freedom and individuality involved. To dare to be plain, happy and upright in such a worn and crooked world as this, is no minor achievement.

Each work by Vera Rahbek is a contributive act of gratitude towards the vibrantly creative whole to which we all belong. Not unacquainted with the sorrows, pitfalls and paradoxes of human experience, not indulgent to them, but gently and graciously – even humorously – transcending and assigning them to a wise understanding and a better fate.

There is something magical about how the finite becomes infinite and the infinite becomes finite through numbers. The inexhaustible way in which they may be applied, combined and repeated, is what turns these seemingly simple colored shapes into living symbols. This versatility in simplicity resuscitates a rare and remarkable sense of connectedness, otherwise lost or depreciated within the modern condition. All of a sudden, this splintered modern world appear reconnected. Cohesion is gracefully and playfully restored. Which may in fact be a far greater artistic accomplishment than simply confirming the immediate disruption of things.

In some rare cases an apparent easiness may be a sign of great depth. In this sense, Vera Rahbek is something of a rare spirit who challenges the boundaries of the modern art scene. Those who see her lightness and colorfulness only as signs of an easy optimism, misunderstand the nature of her concern and the sweat of the effort. And those who see her geometrical rigor only as a relapse into premodern formalisms, miss the hard won sovereignty of her endeavor, the strong element of freedom and individuality involved. To dare to be plain, happy and upright in such a worn and crooked world as this, is no minor achievement.

Each work by Vera Rahbek is a contributive act of gratitude towards the vibrantly creative whole to which we all belong. Not unacquainted with the sorrows, pitfalls and paradoxes of human experience, not indulgent to them, but gently and graciously Рeven humorously Рtranscending and assigning them to a wise understanding and a better fate. Uffe Jonas, ph.d.