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WPA Presents Edmond van der Bijl You Don’t Actually Think…

You Don't Actually Think… by Edmond van der Bijl. Photo courtesy of   Washington Project for the Arts.

You Don’t Actually Think… by Edmond van der Bijl. Photo courtesy of
Washington Project for the Arts.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 23 from 6pm to 8pm


This event is free and open to the public but please RSVP here.

WPA presents a new installation by Edmond van der Bijl, entitled You Don’t Actually Think…, for the third and final exhibition in The Lobby Project series.  For van der Bijl, everyday materials are often overlooked.  The public’s familiarity with them desensitizes them to their visual and physical presence as they fade into the background of our lives.  Seeking out and reinventing these objects is the guiding force behind van der Bijl’s work.  He starts with a series of simple elements and transforms them through pattern and repetition into a greater cohesive whole.

In You Don’t Actually Think…, pizza boxes are used to create a grid from which letters are carved out, spelling out the phrase ” You don’t actually think anybody is going to read this, do you? Well, maybe at the opening, but don’t forget, at the end of the day, this is just art in a lobby.” Although this statement stands alone, the grid creates a relationship between the individual boxes and additional words emerge from within the piece, much like a game or a puzzle.  The self-conscious installation whimsically challenges the viewers expectations of art, what it’s made of, and where it’s seen.

About the artist:

Edmond van der Bijl is a Franco-Dutch-American artist born and raised in Washington, DC. After completing the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) bilingual diploma (French and English) at the Washington International School (WIS), he attended the University of Toronto where he double majored in Art and Sociology, and minored in English. Since graduating from University, Edmond has lived in various cities including London; Washington, DC; New York; Buenos Aires; Berlin; and is now back in Washington, DC. The motivation behind his travels was to expand his personal, cultural, and artistic awareness in order to create a solid foundation for future creative pursuits.

The project location is in the lobby of 1200 First St. NE. For more information about the project, please visit

About WPA: Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture. Visit: