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Gallery Laura Haber: "Sum ZERO" , 2008/9,
oil on canvas, 172 x 172 cm

VAN DER GRIJN has spent a lifetime reminding us, visually and vividly, of the dangers and injustices stalking our world. In this, his latest ouevre, he concludes that, for all the forces of hope and progress, we have not overcome the disgraces and disasters, man-made and otherwise, that assault us. In the end, it is SUM ZERO*.

* SUM ZERO derives from the philosophy of game theory which holds that every gain necessitates an equal loss.