Saturday 8 June 2019

Jochem Rotteveel / Robert Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg
The 1/4 Mile
exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US

Robert Rauschenberg
oil, paper, fabric, newspaper, wood, metal, and plastic with mirror on braided wire on wood structure
214,6 x 205,7 x 77,5 cm

As a visual artist, I take inspiration from all kinds of art and craftsmanship. Whether it's visual art, music, design, photography or fashion: everything is of value to my artistic process. This brings me to a quote by one of my biggest inspirers: Robert Rauschenberg. He said that it all begins with the possibilities of the material. And that's exactly right. An artist should be able to create something from anything, as long as you follow the material and your own fascination with it. That's how I started my artistic research in tape and plastic foil. The liberty Rauschenberg (and Jasper Johns for that matter) took in creating his art set me off as an arts student. It was Rauschenberg and Isa Genzken (who is still alive, thank god) who really gave me a clear direction, as if they said: it is OK to do this. Not only does their work propagate an endless latitude, it also screams a big f*ck you to the status quo. It is the punk attitude that I love and embrace: have no fear, go your own way, and never compromise.

Jochem Rotteveel, 2019

Jochem Rotteveel
tape and plastic foil on panel
350 x 250 cm

Jochem Rotteveel (NL)
About to
mural of plastic foil and tape
at PARK - Platform for Visual Arts, Tilburg
305 x 850 cm