At a crowded, bustling, even overwhelming opening of Art Miami (I wound up making a second trip) this sculpture by Blik stood out. It looks like something recovered from an ancient tomb, something epitomizing a craftsmanship mixed with a complex knowledge of form. There seems to be a profound insight into life itself here.
Blik was born in the Netherlands in 1939 and was held at the Bergen Belsen camp during the war. Head to the gallery site to see more of his work which notes coming to terms with the horror of the camp is central to his work. Above, where I wrote above about my reaction to this piece? I did not know who Blik was nor where he spent his youth.
There is a profoundness, a genius, insight and empathy with life bottled up in this man's art that leaps out, all on its own, whether you know his story or not.