EXHIBITION from far away home . june 4th - juli 5th 2014
OPENING . wed june 4th 2014 18 - 20 . the artists are present
ARTIST TALK . wed june 25th 2014 18:30
CLOSING . sat july 5th 2014 13 - 16
From Far Away Home . The protagonists in the works shown in the exhibition 'From Far Away Home' are colour and paint, which is to say, colour of certain hues executed in a certain quality of paint. A lot of work - some of which is done on the computer - goes into finding the colours, which, so I hope, come across as self-evident and somewhat undeniable in the finished pieces. As source material I use nature on one hand but also other painters, most recently Matisse, Morandi and Picasso, on the other.
While colour plays the leading part, the formal structure of these paintings is of no lesser significance as - without the proper structure - colour is both imprecise and lacking in content. The analogy with music seems fitting: without structure, musical notes are at best just notes; at worst, they're noise. It is structure that makes melody out of notes. It is in working out the structures of my paintings that the difficulties connected to the tension between history and contemporaneity come to bear most acutely. It seems to me that some forms can barely be used anymore, without there not immediately arising such an overpowering art-historical association that it makes a more or less independent and unprejudiced viewing of a painting impossible (in particular the geometrical forms - square, rectangle, circle and triangle but also the line - are extremely closely bound up with the work of such modern artistic giants as Mondrian, Albers, Stella, Reinhardt and Kelly (among others); what is more, the trust in the superiority of absolute values implicit in the painterly use of these forms seems to me to belong to a different time as well). As opposed to form, colour seems to be more or less timeless. (...)