Walk in Progress
solo-exhibition, L21 Barcelona (Spain)
January 14 — April 7, 2023

For inquiries and available work: 
enrique@l21gallery.com
The “theme and variations” structure is particularly well known in classical music, and some compositions that follow this method have been incredibly successful, such as Bach’s famous “Goldberg Variations”. It is a formal technique in which the same material is repeated in different ways. But this means of approaching the creative process is also common in art. To put just a few examples, at the end of the 19th century, Monet made a series of paintings in La Vallée de la Creuse where he explored the effect of natural light on the same landscape. This was his first planned and defined series. And during the 60s, “artists challenged the traditional reverence for the unique masterpiece and instead explored the possibilities of repetition and change. (...)
The works do not present final aesthetic solutions, but rather they express a moment in the infinite multitude of possibilities”.
Dutch artist Geran Knol naturally connects with this way of seeing the world and creating. Both as an artist and as a musician, he explores repetition and variation in a conscious and intuitive way. He started his career as an illustrator, but in 2020 he started painting on canvas and from then on there was a paradigm shift. Physical matter gained more and more importance until reaching the present time. In addition to drawing and painting, he now manipulates found fabric to stitch and patchwork it into distorted patterns and collage.

The title of this solo exhibition, “Walk in Progress”, refers precisely to the idea of series and constant search. Geometri and human figures are recurrent in his work, but they are evolving. The artworks exhibited here explore lines and grids on which a human figure stands out, always looking sideways and alone. In fact, from the narrative or even emotional point of view, the isolated figures, with no defined features and a certain melancholic air, seem to explore a chosen or imposed state of solitude. But Knol also likes his work to highlight his naïve signature, which softens what we see. And indeed, there is something poetic about this mix of humor, nostalgia, and innocence.
In addition to reproducing the same figures numerous times, Knol is interested in establishing a set of rules or limitations to later connect with the creative freedom within that structure. Sometimes the size of the fabric works as a limit, or the rule is to follow a certain geometric pattern. As David Hockney, one of the painters who has influenced him the most, said: “You’ve got to plan to be spontaneous”. In a way, Knol’s work functions with dichotomies: variation and repetition, flatness and depth, limits and spontaneity. Looking at “An Outside Scene and “A Bigger Outside Scene” (whose title are actually inspired by two works by Hockney) one can truly understand the meaning 22 of this search and experience how subtle variations can convey similar yet distinct emotions.








Exhibition text written by Florence Rodenstein





At First Thought
Found fabric mounted to canvas

80 x 60 cm
2022


On Second Thought
Found fabric mounted to canvas

90 x 60 cm
2022



On Third Thought
Found fabric mounted to canvas

35 x 27 cm
2022



On Fourth Thought
Found fabric mounted to canvas

46 x 38 cm
2022



On Fifth Thought
Found fabric mounted to canvas

120 x 80 cm
2022



On Sixth Thought
Found fabric mounted to canvas

2022



Art Antwerp 
15 — 18 December 2022
w/ L21 Gallery

“We are still on the road”

with Jordi Ribes, Stephen Felton,
Alejandro Leonhardt, Vera Mota, Renata de Bonis,
Geran Knol, Ian Waelder, Lydia Gifford


Situated Figure VIII
Fabric mounted to canvas

120 x 110 cm

2022


Situated Figure V
Fabric mounted to canvas

70 x 50 cm

2022







Walk in Mist
Patchworked fabric mounted to canvas

160 x 130 cm

2022



Walk in Fall
Patchworked fabric mounted to canvas

160 x 130 cm

2022


Situated Figure II
Acrylic on fabric mounted to canvas

40 x 30 cm
2022



Situated Figure III

2022
Daily Rhythms
Solo-exhibition on Vortic
w/ L21 Gallery
2022

inquiries: enrique@l21gallery.com


Linear Exercise IV
Pastel and charcoal on paper

59 x 41 cm
2022



One and one so less than three (Left)
Oil stick and acrylic on linen

180 x 130 cm
2022




Linear Exercise II
Pastel and charcoal on paper

59 x 41 cm
2022



Linear Exercise VII
Pastel and charcoal on paper

59 x 41 cm
2022


A New Headspace
Oil stick and acrylic on linen

200 x 160 cm
2022



One and one so less than three (Right)
Oil stick and acrylic on linen

180 x 130 cm
2022





Linear Exercise VIII
Pastel and charcoal on paper

59 x 41 cm
2022



Linear Exercise VI
Pastel and charcoal on paper

59 x 41 cm
2022


          

Sitting Man № 1
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 2 
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017


Sitting Man № 3
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017


Sitting Man № 4 
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017


Sitting Man № 5
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 6
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017



Sitting Man № 7
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 8
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 9
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017


Sitting Man № 10
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 11
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 12
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 13 
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 14
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

Sitting Man № 15
Graphite on paper

29,7 cm x 21 cm
2017

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