Amsterdam Art Fair 2017 – Erik de Bree | Rob Bouwman


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Rob Bouwman is a painter in the field of contemporary abstraction. In some of his works he deliberately takes a distance to his position as a painter by experimenting with different media. The crossing of traditional artistic borders of form and medium has become a theme in itself in his work. He used to make enigmatic black and white abstract paintings with curling tubes that reminded of a strange universe. Later on he had been interpreting these paintings by met- aphorically exploring them from the inside with a camera, or taking distance by installing them as miniatures in strange cabinets. Whereas in his recent paintings, the control of the medium and the one stroke gesture is always in the centre of attention, in his older works he made use of compositions and irregularities to evoke a painterly world. By balancing on a twirling-point between visible reality, process, pure abstraction and between picture and image, a duality aris- es in his works. Which is according to Rob Bouwman the essence of his artistic practice. That duality seems to multiply in his more three-dimensional works. His objects with much smaller sized paintings, evoke associations with a white cube, a studio ore other art related spaces. While they feel monumental or sometimes even museum-like, they are at the same time spatial objects in the shape of manageable, simple constructions.


New Wallpaper Paintings

The Wallpaper paintings are a key series in the work of Erik de Bree. They are perfect subjects to apply his fascination for uncontrollable forms and coincidence. In these paintings the en- tire surface is covered with multiple layers of wallpaper. Then parts of the paper are torn away again, revealing part of the previous layers. Over this result, a new layer of wallpaper is applied and then the process starts over again. This goes on until there has appeared a satisfactory composition that is part coincidence and part control. As of late, Erik de Bree also uses a knife to cut lines into his compositions that are then filled with a watered down ink. To him this line resembles the classic pencil stroke and allows him to put more drawing-like qualities into the paintings