These works were exhibited at my end expo in Loods6 Amsterdam of the NAU (Nieuwe Akademie Utrecht) in juli last year. It was a selection of works I made in the last couple of months before the expo. NAU is an art course I followed for 5 years together with 10 other artists we graduated, started with somewhat 35 starters in the first year. But with a lot of hard work, persistence, searching, studying and defining your subject and having the joy of wanting to create art it has been as much as a trigger point to let go what i already knew as a starting point for me to develop my work for the future.
Here are some pictures of my first series of sculptured cardboard boxes, build up in a composition. You can look at these installations as if you were looking at an abstract painting with different colors and dimensions. When you walk around they give a different sight depending on the way you look at them. To me that was something that was an extra gift, when I put the individually made forms together as one image. There is so much more to do with it, the possibilities are endless, like a lego set of stones.
I started to make these sculptures out of cardboard box material to satisfy my need to make a three dimensional form. I wanted to build a form, shape that could be interesting to look at and at the same time would not represent anything in the sense of a subject. In these pictures the cardboard sculptures are presented as a solo form but in a bigger scale I want to make a composition as if it was an abstract painting. The fascination for these forms origin in the fact that i collect tiny boxes and packing material. Most of the time I unfold them and study their forms as if it were patterns of clothing. By making small adjustments in the shape, by cutting it, building it with other parts, glueing it together again, another form starts to reappear and they begin to speak for itself.
As a starting point I took a detail of a heavy tablecloth or carpet as shown often on paintings from 17th century, like a Vermeer for example. I’ve always loved the way in which the heavy carpet on these tables fall down the corner of the table and how it makes a sculptural form on the floor. Also the colorful pattern is important here, but more in a suggestive way that you see what is left over from the detailed design when it folds. The pattern of the tablecloth is more abstract and without figurative details.
Several works coming from one composition made with different kind of boxes. From a flat work on paper with paint, through a combination with digital approach into a two dimensional work on paper and a three dimensional work in mixed media, where the actual boxes are placed into a bigger box.
With the digital version I could enter a more graphic and sharper background than possible with paint. Which made me realize the importance of the composition and the scale of the items shown. If you make some parts smaller or bigger, the rest-space-changes and sometimes makes the composition weaker or stronger.
Rests-space take an important role, as you can see in the most abstract version painted on wood. The forms become more important and with less details. Beside the fact that they change form and become something on their own. The originally tea boxes and other packaging material also become an interesting form to look at. On one hand they are flat and have, at the same time the illusion of a dimensional form. The playing between flat and non flat keeps me occupied and fascinated.
First I was interested in the simplicity of the form and shape of a oridinary grey plastic garbage bag. I used the form and principe of how it is folded to make a 3-dimensional sculptural work. I copied the pattern of the bag in a black plastic material and combined it with a wooden construction, a standing wooden shelf which was made out of different thin layers of wood. Soon the smaller version of the sculpture followed, it just wanted to be there too. When it was finished I realised that it reminded me a lot to the painting of Breintner”s girl in kinomo standing in front of the mirror in a black gown. Which I have admired for a very long time and always returns to me. I decided to place the works in a sort of stage setting together with a remake of the girl in kimono and make the picture of these elements together as my artwork. The painting in the back is my re-interpretation of the Breitner work, it is not a copy. The last pictures show the sculpture trying to get out of it’s destination and trying to be something else after the photoshoot.