Pastime, John Löwenhardt, 2021. Plywood, porcelain clay, styrofoam, pigments and paints. Participation in the group exhibition Fabled archeology of Overijssel, 26 March – 16 May 2021 at the Art Station (Kunststation) of Delden, The Netherlands.
The object of two bookends cut using a fretsaw was found during excavations at the original place of hiding of Johan de Leeuw (1915-1944). The object is attributed to him; Johan was murdered with his parents by Dutch nazi’s five months prior to the liberation of his home town Almelo. The killing took place on 31 October 1944 on a dirt road outside Vierhouten village in the forest area where Johan and his parents had been hiding under the protection of resistance fighters from Vierhouten and Nunspeet. Previously he had been in hiding with the Ottema family at Veldkampsweg 10 in Almelo. Most likely he had used the fretsaw during this period, in order to fight boredom.
Photo impression of the exhibition: