Saturday, 7 September 2019

Sigrid van Woudenberg / Mike Kelley

Mike Kelley
SS Cuttlebone
paper pulp, acrylic, wood, bird seed, cuttlebone, jewellery, trestles
185,4 x 269,2 x 111,7 cm

Mike Kelley
acrylic yarn, stuffed animals

From all the artists who are a source of inspiration, I’ve finally chosen Mike Kelley.
I’ve been an admirer of his work since I put the record ‘Dirty’ of Sonic Youth on the turntable. Music is also a very important source of inspiration for me.
When I saw the large ‘The Uncanny’ retrospective in the Stedelijk Museum, the diversity of his work, the combination of tenderness and ‘dirty’ rawness swept me of my feet.
His (sometimes) satirical and disturbing work can make you feel very uncomfortable with familiar materials and seemingly innocent objects.
In my eyes it’s physical, awkward, magical, mysterious and deeply compelling at the same time.

Sigrid van Woudenberg, 2019

Sigrid van Woudenberg
So-called Idylle
siberian chalk on paper
195 x 150 cm

Sigrid van Woudenberg (NL)
Any Given Place
siberian chalk on paper
150 x 195 cm

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

John Beech / Antoni Tàpies

Antoni Tàpies
White Canvas with Sewn Cardboard
assemblage on canvas
100 x 100 cm (39.375 x 39.375 inches)
private collection, Barcelona
photographed from 'The Complete Works, Volume 2', compiled by Anna Agusti

Antoni Tàpies
Signs over White Ovals
mixed media on wood
196 x 260 cm (77.25 x 102.375 inches)
collection Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
photographed from 'The Complete Works, Volume 2', compiled by Anna Agusti

I first encountered the art of Antoni Tàpies in 1983, while an art student in Berkeley, California.
I felt an inexplicable sense of proximity to the beautiful language that deemed Tàpies's works somehow inevitable.
Since that time, although my own art has a closer tie to industrial materials than the earthen matter of Tàpies, I have often wished for it to share the quality of suspended stillness that his great works exude.

John Beech, Brooklyn NY, July 2019

John Beech
Panel Painting #2
oil enamel, hollow-core acrylic sheet, screws
201,6 x 97 x 1,6 cm (79.375 x 38.875 x 0.625 inches)

John Beech (US)
Repaired Sheet #3
oil enamel, plywood, steel mending plates, screws
225,7 x 210,8 x 2,2 cm (88.875 x 83 x 0.875 inches)