Sunday 25 December 2022

Udona Boerema / Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek

Boomrijk landschap bij ondergaande zon


oil on panel 

32,6 x 29,2 cm

Barend Cornelis Koekkoek



oil on canvas

134 x 157 cm

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen 



In the woods nearby my house I mostly find piece in mind. My mind is always a busy mind, a lot of thinking going on. To clear my head I like to go running for several kilometers or walk our dogs for hours in the woods.

It seems that trees have a slowing and calming effect on my brain.


And when the light in the forest touches the leaves and branches of the trees, beautiful shadows, shapes, hues and colors are formed on everything it touches, colors I'm afraid I could never paint or even put words to to describe them.


These colors and shapes have a huge effect on me, thought and image immerse themselves in a whole new world, my world.


And as I stand among all these shapes and colors, it suddenly dawns on me that these still, sturdy but vibrant trees have been here for years, decades and probably even longer. As if time has stood still and nothing changes here, as if I am standing and taking a seat in a painting by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek.

The forests in Twente are interspersed by the scenic landscape with and without some cattle, including some cows, sheep and chickens. Brilliant and without any mechanical presence also timeless, stunningly beautiful.


For me, BC Koekkoek captures the light so beautifully in his paintings, the way he draws and paints shapes and colors. As if he gives the trees a character, they look like quirky personalities who are the main characters in a painting that makes all the painted people fade into the background.


Udona Boerema, 2022

Udona Boerema 

Zonder titel 


transparant binder and acrylic paint on linen

200 x 160 cm 

Udona Boerema (NL)

Zonder titel


transparant binder and acrylic paint on linen 

160 x 140 cm 

Saturday 10 December 2022

Patrick Ceyssens / Sigmar Polke

Sigmar Polke

Untitled, from the series São Paulo


chemically manipulated gelatin silver print

124,8 × 141,6 cm




Images are the new thinking, visual thinking is the new way of thinking

Extra memory space is added to reinforce visual reminiscences. We never remember something the same way twice. Indeed, memory seizes so much more than only a fleeting image of reality and new memories are painted over the old ones. You have to imagine how inside of our head there is a constant rivalry between different memory contents that come up for air. But which one do we allow to surface first? Our memory cannot be compared to a hard drive. Nothing we save and retrieve remains unchanged. Recollection traces are either cleaned up or impaired. Our memories are part of the future, and so we will start ‘using’ these images. Recollection thus becomes the treasury of imagination. And when you furthermore think of how deeply they are swayed by emotions, we find ourselves drawn into an ever-changing ‘mind movie’.  


Patrick Ceyssens, 2022

Patrick Ceyssens (BE)

You can see it everywhere #4


oil, spraypaint, pencil, print on canvas 

150 x 180 cm