Inspired by the words of John Maeda: ‘‘When there is less, we appreciate everything much more’’, Koolen’s work consists of minimalist, sculptural installations and wall sculptures.
Driven by the minimalistic principles including reuse, organisation and reduction, Koolen’s work embraces our universal desire to create order out of chaos. It is necessary, or rather urgent to pause, take a moment, investigate and search for the essentials.
Precision is key, precision can sometimes be arrived at intuitively. Imperfections that show up while working can be deleted, but likewise exaggerated to become formal elements.
The installations seem to be difficult or intellectual, however are best discovered not by analytical contemplation, but by walking around them, seeing them from all angles and experiencing them as they are and as you are in space.
The position of the sculptures within the installation keeps the viewer in suspension, caught in the moment of decision or indecision. One millimeter to the left or a millimeter to the right suddenly means everything.