Marian Cramer

by Lidy Jacobs

From 30-11-2013 To 07-01-2014

Marian Cramer Projects is pleased to present the second solo exhibition by the London artist Prem Sahib (1982) in the gallery. Prem Sahib’s works and installations explore both abstract and autobiographical themes. He is known for his minimalist sculptures with an affinity for simple geometry and sparse palettes.

The show will feature cast footballs that appear to have been kicked or rolled in from the outside (Stray II), a new series of tile works pierced by fake diamond earrings arranged in constellation–like compositions, as well as a new silver sweat panel (Work that body IX).

A video projection Another Night, made from Sahib’s father’s VHS recording of fireworks in their garden during Sahib’s childhood, can be watched from a crash mat.

Recent solo exhibitions include Night Flies at Southard Reid, and Frieze Frame presentation, Back Chat, Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, Rome, 2013, Home From Home, Arts & Jobs, London, He Looked Me Up, Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam, and FEEL UP in collaboration with Eddie Peake, Southard Reid, London, 2012.  Group exhibitions include Abstract Cabinet, David Roberts Foundation London, Days In Lieu, David Zwirner, London, 2013.  Performances include Woman to Woman, Gallery Vela, London, 2012, Bijou, IBID Projects, London, and Darkroom with Eddie Peake, Vogue Fabrics, Take Courage London 2011. He lives and works in London. Sahib is a 2013 graduate of the Royal Academy Schools in London and winner of the Gold Medal with distinction.

Booth 49

by Lidy Jacobs

From 06-02-2013 To 10-02-2013


Marian Cramer Projects


6-10 February 2013, Rotterdam |

Annabel Emson

Lidy Jacobs

Vion Pan (RAW China Expo)

Prem Sahib

Pink Couple

by Lidy Jacobs

From 02-03-2013 To 14-04-2013


Pink Couple

Location: Chopinstraat 31 in Amsterdam

The show runs until 14 April 2013

Please call or email to make an appointment:

T: +31 (0)6 147 80 171

(by appointment)

Marian Cramer Projects is pleased to present the first solo show in the gallery of a new series of sculptures by Lidy Jacobs.

The work of Lidy Jacobs can best be characterized, where the opinion is formed between the eye and the brain. The basic impulses of art, creating a new kind of creature through the soft sculptures and collages, are simultaneously presented in an underworld, where the dynamics of our existence come to life.

Jacobs’ images are fierce, both substantively and in form; they confirm the collective consciousness of the eternal duality of man, namely the intellect versus the physical.

In the soft sculptures and collages the sculptural form and extreme attention to detail dominate. That commitment to classical perfection and balance give her most shocking pictures a universal charge.

Balancing between eroticism and childlike innocence, Jacobs’ work raises questions about sexuality, beauty, malleability of the human body and normative imaging in mass culture. She starts a dialogue with the glamorous image that upholds the tireless modeling world. She knows what the power of watching induces. With her scissors she cuts out advertising material, leaving only contours, until just fabrics of lace remain. Only when the plasticity and the anecdotal are cut out, the images take on their intended effect, a universal image of movement, nudity and atmosphere that reveal the essence of man.

At the same time, the public is bewildered by the biting humor in her work. She enjoys confusing the spectator, breaking the fixed viewing and thinking patterns.

With her soft images, Lidy Jacobs shows the many facets of sexuality. She is searching for the authentic sexuality, an unmistakably strong feeling in the form of life instinct that is present from birth and not overruled by outside stimuli. She reveals the duality of sexual feelings. In her work, you witness the softness of the skin. There is a softness, which scares as we become sensitive and vulnerable. However, there is also a raised lust and desire to be touched. This ambivalent consciousness of softness is the challenge, the communication problem to be resolved between people, and also the possibility to acknowledge and recognize your inner sexual being.

This is the essence of Jacobs’ work. Despite the welcoming nature of the cuddly fur of the sculptures and the soft skins in the paper collages, you can also see the venom. Her work with a taste of sweet and sour is tempting but also repel.

Jacobs work is included in national and international collections including the Museum of Modern Art Arnhem, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Groninger Museum, Groningen, the Dutch Central Bank, Amsterdam.

She is widely represented in collections in the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States.

Lidy Jacobs (1959) lives and works in Rotterdam


Marian Cramer Projects

Chopinstraat 31

1077 GM Amsterdam

T: +31 (0)6 147 80 171

Lidy Jacobs