Rob Van Erve: Operae Pretium Est

Rob Van Erve, Operae Pretium Est (detail of work in progress), 2012. Wood, MDF, steel, fabric and gold leaf, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Accola Griefen
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Opens: 09/06/12, Closes: 10/13/12
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Born in The Netherlands and now resident in Brooklyn, Van Erve will show a monumental golden staircase, made from luxury materials, that visitors are invited to climb in his show at Accola Griefen, as well as sculpture that in one case bisects the gallery wall, and collages on paper. The Latin in the show’s title, Operae Pretium Est, translates loosely, “It is Worthwhile,” and refers both to the painstaking hand work required to realize the artist’s vision, and the relationship he perceives between the staircase in the gallery and stage settings for operas. PIRI HALASZ

Rob Van Erve, Operae Pretium Est (detail of work in progress), 2012. Wood, MDF, steel, fabric and gold leaf, dimensions variable. Courtesy of Accola Griefen