Douglas Ross (1969) presents in “Hand/Eye” a selection from the series of colored pencil drawings “Hand/Eye” (2012–2022) in combination with select drawings from the series “An eye saw”(2014–2022). Ross works with numerous mediums including photographic objects,video, textiles, sculpture, and various machines. Ross’s “Hand/Eye” drawings -ca 100 in total – are both the result and the trace of years of revisiting the same motif. In the drawings a hand drawn in red-colored pencil is holding an eyeball or occasionally, a blank sphere. We see the eye in these drawings; the eye looks back, disembodied and indifferent, yet also intruding upon us. Held by a human hand. The drawings from “An eye saw” might propose what is seen by the eyes in the “Hand/Eye” series, what they try to detect, by abstracting and amplifying a familiar kind of stereo-visual stimulation.
A risoprint publication accompanies this exhibition and introduces Ross’s work in the Netherlands. It contains a conversation between Douglas Ross and Rotterdam based writer Moosje M Goosen (1980) to give more insight in the work of Ross, and in the origins of the “Hand/Eye”-serie.
“Hand/Eye” is co-organized by Moosje M Goosen and is generously supported by Elise Mathilde Fonds and Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht.