Manifestations of Optimism is a show of monumental red and black ink drawings. Sylvie Zijlmans and Hewald Jongenelis connect in a somehow anarchistic yet humoristic way day to day situations to bigger political and social issues. Some drawings are based on Rorschach Inkblots from where a fantasy male or female figure sprouts.
They are avatars, personifications of the issue in question. The Collector comes to collect, Zondeman is bowing and praying and Truth conveys that everything stays for ever the same while Hope itself has no limits to optimism concerning the truth. Linguistic misunderstandings from an era in which reality surpasses every fiction.
These drawings are a metaphor for our time and spur people into action. They invite us to view existing ideas in a new light.