Lily van der Stokker.
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
– 24 February 2019
Using friendly, playful aesthetics in her (wall) paintings and installations, the Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker addresses a range of questions about social attitudes and perceptions of the feminine. The Stedelijk Museum is currently hosting van der Stokker’s most comprehensive show to date.
Since the 1990s, Lily van der Stokker has been known as an artist who questions the core of artistic creation through decorative and extremely sensitive visual language. Questions such as: Can art be untrue? Or funny and sweet? She also looks at everyday life, such as the tasks and difficulties involved in household chores. In the process, however, van der Stokker’s works deviate visually from conventional taste, especially within conceptual art. The character of her works is often seen as emotional and typically feminine, thereby defying common notions of conceptual art. Van der Stokker celebrates this kind of femininity and thus counts as a feminist artist, while calling this principle “Nonshouting Feminism”.
Moreover, van der Stokker confronts the viewer with words and sentences that open up certain associative spaces. The language used is informal and supports a sense of familiarity. Van der Stokker relies on a sure touch to organise the individual elements of her works, playing with the sensations each of them evokes.
On display are works from the late 1980s to the present day, including drawings and murals. The exhibition is accompanied by an audio tour in which Lily van der Stokker herself talks about her works.