Redmer Hoekstra


Redmer Hoekstra opened Noah's Ark and devised new species, and reinventing animals. He mated them, cross-breed them and reproduced them. When the animals were scarce to his fertile imagination, he began to cross them with inanimate objects, giving them life in a creative and unbridled proliferation. He redefined tools with new utilities and other features, reformulating a fruitful world full of new significance. There is nothing more fascinating than recreating reality with new meaning, where imagination is lost in an intelligent trait. Infinite creativity, which is reborn in each drawing in an overwhelming puzzle, joining together different pieces in a new equation, and is a caricature of the human condition, also animal, which is reflected in form as it is encapsulated by meaning.

A paradoxical image with endless meaning, highlighting a sharp and cunning sense of humor. Just like a joke, the spectator is kept in suspense and is surprised at the very instant when the light is made, unraveling the key piece that provokes laughter and culminates in a pleasant “aha” moment. Hoekstra possesses a clean and precise style, where only the necessary details are present, and the clarity of reason is allied to the shrewdness of observation, nourishing his own and sharp judgment.

Hoekstra examines in depth, discovering new intrinsic meanings. Thus the analysis goes beyond the surface. Through imaginative mechanisms, he unlocks the entrails and their secrets, exposing biological engineering that changes logic and functionality, trapping aesthetics and function. A stratagem that aggregates ideas and concepts and makes them coexist in plenitude, an invention that is as brilliant as bizarre, with plenty of sense or none at all. The forms contain occult and peculiar meanings, pursuing entity and personality, they conjugate naturally, without effort. A coherent and inseparable unity, as if they were destined to live like this; it seems to be the natural evolution of the species.

By Pedro Boaventura • Excerpt from Masters of Contemporary Fine Art - Volume 3

Redmer Hoekstra (1982) graduated from the Art Academy in Zwolle as a visual artist and illustrator in 2009. "I've always loved alienation and fantasizing, daydreaming. As a child I had all kinds of theories about how the world worked. At the Academy I was able to rediscover this and process this in to my work. How things work is a fascination of mine and in many drawings you can find this. I open up appliances and objects and freely change what is inside . Often a subject gets a completely different feeling or meaning. I play with form, meaning and function, while new combinations arise. Often surprising, strange and funny but also with a strange kind of logic, a fantastic and surreal world.
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