Inner Space (1994-2001)
The inner space on the paintings is a (re) construction of derivativeperception and memory. Not the secretly seen interior, but the space itself. The eye crosses the ‘spaces’ in search of space and light. The colour fields are alternately flat and closed or ‘exploded’ Initially be seen as a reference standard room with ‘recognizable’ elements. Gradually the unambiguous references to recognizable elements (floor, walls, structure, source, attributes like) are ‘solved’. The space arises more from the paint and its treatment. All space are created by sliding layers: by field division, colour, tone and colour matching.
The paintings by Helmuth van Galen show is best described as abstract interiors. The colour vertical strips, panels actually create complex vistas and suggest more underlying areas. No actual rooms, but rather imaginary space distributions. The power of suggestion maybe, but the depth feels actually.