16 October 2014 // Sanne Schrijver //Amersfoort


In the summer of 2013 I was very impressed by the exhibition “Yonder” from Marnix Goossens (born 1967, Leeuwarden) shown at FOAM.

Goossens spent seven years documenting surrogate nature in abandoned, demolished interiors.

Wallpapers of clouds and exotic destinations, fake wood, pieces of carpeting and plastic flowers are

main subjects of his photographs. He finds beauty in little details and spots where most of us don’t think are worthy of attention. He carefully constructs his compositions and blows them up to enormous proportions, impossible to ignore. Every tiny detail is visible; little scratches on palm-tree wallpaper, unfinished laminated floors or graphic placed bathroom tiles. Full of contrasts between real and fake, between accessible and exclusion. Everything becomes more interesting when you can’t exactly see what it is and can’t exactly reach it.

The images are representing another world, a romanticized world, anywhere but here. Dreaming of tropical holidays through the eyes of the anonymous inhabitant of these shabby interiors. I would like to share some of my favorites images of "Yonder".

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