Saturday, 28 December 2013

Aquil Copier / Kazimir Malevich


Kazimir Malevich
The Woodcutter
oil on canvas
94 x 71.5 cm

My tribute goes to the Russian painter Kazimir Malevich (Kiev, 23 februari 1878 - Leningrad, 15 mei 1935). Malevitsj/Malevich was a painter, art theoretician and pioneer in geometric abstract art and one of the premium members of the Russian avant-garde. For me he was a painter that went through different periods of image making and he was not afraid of changing his painting methods and style. His work is not meant to be a nice picture only but there is a world of theory and ideology behind and I feel related to him in both ways. In Facebook terms I would say: I LIKE!
Aquil Copier, 2013

Aquil Copier (NL)
No Title
oil and spraypaint on canvas
80 x 60 cm

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Bart Slangen / Léon Spilliaert

Léon Spilliaert
Dike and Beach 
Indian ink, wash and colored pencil on paper
49,4 x 63,9 cm

I've been a great admirer of the dark, melancholic work of Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946) since a very long time. The selected work 'Dike and Beach' is a drawing on paper, ink washed. In addition, a fairly recent work by myself 'Diamond Beach', oil on canvas.
Always the same, always different.
Bart Slangen, 2013

Bart Slangen (BE)
Diamond Beach 
oil on canvas
80 x 80 cm  

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Cecilia Vissers / Walter de Maria

Walter de Maria
The Broken Kilometer
500 brass rods
each rod 200 x 5 cm
Photo: John Abbott
 Courtesy Dia Art Foundation

Two years ago I visited The Broken Kilometer (1979) in New York at 393 West Broadway. Walter de Maria, American sculptor, arranged five hundred highly polished, pure brass rods, according to precise calculations. The total weight of his installation is 18 ¾ tons. To me this is a unique place of solitude and silence, well hidden among endless parades of stores. I like it when art reduces the speed of daily life, a place for contemplation. This is a permanent installation; here some of the most expensive commercial real estate was held aside for a unique experience of art.
Cecilia Vissers, 2013

Cecilia Vissers (NL)
A moment in time
anodized aluminium
two-part, each part 95 x 23 x 1,2 cm
Photo: Peter Cox, Eindhoven

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Hans de Bruijn / Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko
Four Darks in Red
oil on canvas
259 × 295 cm
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Hans de Bruijn recognises the romantic artist’s attitude - painterly recreating a sublime perception in the paintings of Mark Rothko (1903-1970). He assigns a deep methaphysical dimension in his paintings by his very specific use of paint and color.
De Bruijn paints him after a photograph of the artist in his studio. Rothko’s monochrome composition is translated into air, water and beach. By the version from Hans de Bruijn, “Black on off-white and black and brownish grey” we see the dark figure of the artist trois quart from behind, as it where in conversation with space, and follow the direction in which he is looking. This image does make use of the “C.D. Friedrich effect”, leading the spectator into space of thick paint of subdued color clouds - melancholic contemplation.

Jetteke Bolten-Rempt, 2011

Hans de Bruijn (NL)
Black on off-white and black and brownish grey
oil on canvas
200 x 150 cm