Art by Henk Gringhuis
Nothing is taller, more open than the sky. We want to look up at the sky, but the sky begins at the earth we are standing on. Looking at Henk's work is entering open spaces, in which you can wander but not for long because you want to stand still and look at the sky and the clouds creating, erasing and recreating themselves. The horizon is visible but every step towards the end of the field will lead you to a new end. The buildings have no doors to go inside, no windows to look outside, they tell the story of occupants who, once surrounded by the emptiness, abandon their homestead to move away past the horizon, leaving their land behind more empty.
Henk's work evokes a calm feeling of loneliness and it gives a perception of not being confined.
Based partly on the evocative Dutch countryside and also influenced by fanciful Canadian landscape traditions, Henk creates contemporary skies and non-existing landscapes.