Europa [2015]

Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 168 x 168 x 14cm
(private collection, Rotterdam, NL)

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Europa is one of the moons of Jupiter and it was discovered in 1610 by Galileo Galilei. It is slightly smaller than the Moon, and has a water-ice crust striated by cracks and streaks. It has the smoothest surface of any known solid object in the Solar System which led to the hypothesis that a water ocean exists beneath it, which could conceivably serve as an abode for extra-terrestrial life - a prospect that has made Europa a candidate for a future visit by probe.
(source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_(moon))

At the 20th anniversary of his choice to solely create his sculptures from found wood, Ron van der Ende focuses on the fundamental elements of his work in a series of seemingly simple shapes. The Bare Bones show at Ron Mandos in Amsterdam presents an overview of specimens that are abstracted and deconstructed, touching the core of his oeuvre.