BRAK 2.5: David Stamp ‘The Which, The Where, The When, The How’
Solo exhibition as part of the BRAK series of exhibitions, curated by Jack Segbars (http://duendestudios.nl/brak/).
The Which, The Where, The When, The How is a structure, a ring-like archway, placed over a road on the south bank of the Oude Maas, just south of Rotterdam. It is positioned on its own in a flat agricultural landscape. It’s made from curved prefabricated concrete panels and is lit by two TLs attached to its internal apex. It is situated far enough from anything to make it a rare object. With further investigation of the area the purpose of this ring is obvious. It ensures vehicles wanting to travel through the tunnel that goes beneath the Oude Maas are small enough to do so. Even with this knowledge in hand it distracts little from the ambiguousness caused by its positioning and construction. This unique object begs to be categorised, it’s a particular combination of modernist public art and gateway to somewhere/nowhere. It is an object worthy of aesthetic consideration but also a technologically primitive precursor to the Stargate (a device that creates wormholes to allow instantaneous interstellar travel).