Sunday, 22 February 2015

Luc Hoekx / Jorge de Oteiza

Jorge de Oteiza
Caja Vacia
iron and copper
29,5 x 30,6 x 32,6 cm

Even more than by other painters (  ), I was inspired by sculptors and architects. A real eye-opener to me was this work by Jorge de Oteiza (Spain, 1908-2003).
The design is as complex as simple. It tells me how I look at space and form, although the work remains enigmatic.
As an icon in geometric abstract tradition, it is also an early announcement of deconstructivism.
Luc Hoekx, 2015

Luc Hoekx (BE)
oil on aluminium
70 x 80 cm

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Bert Frings / Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde
Masks, Still Life
oil on canvas
73 x 77,5 cm

'The Broken Ear' seems to be a spontaneous and expressive painting, however it is made slow and deliberate. The work is loosely based on a painting by Emil Nolde, a German Expressionist, who was briefly a member of Die Brücke. Since I can remember I have been fascinated by expressionism. Especially since I saw paintings by Heckel, Kirchner and Nolde at a young age.
There are a hundred years between his 'Masks, Still Life' from 1911 and my painting 'The Broken Ear'. I very much like his revolutionary painting. I look at it as a hymn of praise to other until then unknown cultures. A courageous painting of artifacts, masks, represented with radical gesture in radiant colors, made by an individual, receptive to the unknown and mysterious. This seems so contradictory with his ideas and thoughts. A brilliant work but the more I try to learn both about work and the life of one of the most famous artists ever, the less I understand.
The title of my painting is both a nod to Hergé because of his stereotypical characterizations and questions about his alleged collaboration with Germany, but even more a tribute to the Arumbaya people.
Bert Frings, december 2014

Bert Frings (NL)
The Broken Ear
acrylic on canvas
70 x 70 cm

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Joseba Eskubi / Francisco de Zurbarán

Francisco de Zurbarán
Agnus Dei
oil on canvas
38 × 62 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

The animal becomes an island, a solitary figure in front of the abyss and the silence. I am fascinated by this image, how all the little details create a landscape frozen in time. The light illuminates the scene and reveals us the material as something new and amazing.
Joseba Eskubi, 2014

Joseba Eskubi (ES)
oil on canvas
55 x 46 cm