In the courseof timeI have been influencedby different artistsfrom different disciplines: ElGreco, Giacometti, Manet, Bonnard, Carpaccio, all the Italian Renaissance, PierreBoulez, De Chirico, Rothko, ElliottCarter, HanneDarboven, Teresa deKeersemaeker, Rogiervan derWeyden, Monteverdi, MarcelProust, MarcelBroodthaers, HelmutLachenmannand manyothers. Ideliberately do notmention themin chronological order. Besidesphilosophy, my travels inWestAfrika, a lot ofcontemporarymusic andthe daily practice oflife, especially ElGrecoandMarcelBroodthaers have beendecisive. From the latterI saw aretrospectivein Brusselsand there I recognizedlanguage as image and image aslanguage. Language asunlimited generator of meaning thatalsoswallows upmeaning.MaybeI also saw thatveryearly in ElGreco, whosefreehand of painting makesthe picture appear
as readable calligraphyin anabstract,relativelyflatspace. Early onIcalled himthe firstcubist. But I guess the bestwork I've ever seen istheDepositionby Rogier van derWeydenat the MuseodelPradoin Madrid.
Herman Kruyder De Hond 1934 oil on linen 110 x 122 cm
Despite the rather stylized way of painting it has a raw edge. This could of course be related to the psychological state of the painter. One year after making this painting the painter dies as a result of a previous suicide attempt. Of course, you do not need to know this as a viewer. I think it's a very exciting, dark painting, even without knowing this story. The colors, the bone, the dog with a rope around his neck and his genitals visible to the viewer take you back to the farmyard where Herman and his wife lived in isolation. Over the years I often have been looking at this painting in the Boijmans. Of course my work is not a literal copy of this work, and as an artist I have many examples. Too much to list here. At the academy I wasn't occupied with figurative painting. In fact I was more interested in paint and its functioning. I still love that, I can sit in my studio for days muddling with paint without anything solid coming out. When I came up with a painting of a deer in a swamp of paint during my follow-up study, it was Emo Verkerk who pointed me to this work of Herman Kruyder. Spontaneously I changed the deer into a Rotweiller. I have the feeling that figurative painting is somewhat out of favour lately. One critic recently called it 'Deer Art'. However, using the subject-matter of the dog, I still think it's very exciting time and time again to seek this specific point where something unexpected happens, with the image, the technique and of course with the viewer. Simon Schrikker 2013
Rinus Van de Velde (BE) Self-portrait as a young Ellsworth Kelly 2012 charcoal on canvas 270 x 360 cm rinusvandevelde.com What you see in this drawing is not me drawing the drawing you are looking at, as you, meta-minded as you probably are, might believe. It is me drawing number 516 of what will be an infinite series of plant studies, a project in which I’m trying to forget the tradition I am part of to enter a realm of pure form. I have surrounded myself with plants and plants only, and I will take care of them until they overgrow me and my language, until there will be nothing but charcoal lines drawn by an automatic hand that doesn’t belong to me anymore. I will live in a world where drawing and nature are the same thing and meta is dead. Rinus Van de Velde