Rob Bouwman, Haarlem (NL). www.robbouwman.com
Rob Bouwman is a painter in the field of contemporary abstraction. But in more recent works he deliberately takes a distance to his position as a painter by experimenting with different media. In his case the crossing of traditional artistic borders of form and medium has almost become a theme in itself in his work. He used to make enigmatic black and white, abstract paintings with curling tubes that remind of a strange universe, later on he penetrated these paintings by metaphorically exploring them from the inside with a camera, or taking distance by installing them as miniatures in strange cabinets.
Whereas in his paintings and drawings, the control of the medium and the gesture is in the centre of attention, in his video work he makes use of breaks, accidental effects and irregularities to evoke a painterly world. By balancing on a twirling-point between visible reality and pure abstraction, between picture and image, a duality arises in the works. Which is according to Rob Bouwman the essence of painting and drawing. That duality seems to multiply in his most recent three-dimensional works. His cabinets and objects with much smaller sized paintings, evoke associations with a white cube or a studio and other traditional display cases. While they feel like monumental spaces, sometimes even museum-like, they are at the same time spatial objects in the shape of manageable, simple constructions.
Untitled (p0142015) 160x120cm Oil/alkyd, wood, 2015
F. Suzanne Scholten, Maastricht (NL). www.hergens.net
Since I live in Maastricht, I work at home and out in the countryside. It’s easier to go out of town here, than before when I worked in Rotterdam. Often I make bicycle tours, sometimes with a trailor on my bike. I paint a lot near Bemelen, Wolfshuis, Eckelrade and Jekerdal. I prefer to go when the weather is dry but not too sunny and beautiful, because then it’s very quiet and sometimes you almost see no one. It inspires me to sit for hours in a meadow or along a sandy path and paint or draw something. And be part of nature and landscape. I do this also in wintertime, even if I will find a studio in the near future.
Marcel van den Berg, Amsterdam (NL). www.mvandenb.com
My studio is located in Kruitberg, which is one of the flats that got hit by a plane back in 1992. As you can see it’s winter now, but I’ve heard that in the summertime people barbeque on this field. I’d love to eat one of them roasted chicken wings in the afternoon sun of late June. Can’t wait…
“Natural Black Far From Reality” Ink and gesso on paper, 200 x 150 cm, 2015