Sunday, 8 January 2017

Nour-Eddine Jarram / Jacob van Ruisdael

Jacob van Ruisdael
The Forest Stream
oil on canvas
99,7 x 129,2 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The old master that came into my life in recent years is definitely Jacob van Ruisdael. Three years ago, I relocated from the city of Enschede to a small village near the border. There, I found a studio situated on a farm in the middle of rural Twente. All at once, I was confronted with the beauty of this landscape. Everywhere around me, I perceived the paintings of the old Dutch masters and of Jacob van Ruisdael in particular, who also worked for some time right across the border in the German town of Bad Bentheim. I became fascinated by the Romanticism in his landscapes, an idea that was employed in order to emphasize melancholy or Weltschmerz. The fact that Ruisdael composed his paintings according to his own taste, appealed to me and led me to reinterpreting his landscapes.
Nour-Eddine Jarram, 2016

Nour-Eddine Jarram (MA/NL)
No title (after Ruisdael)
pastel on paper
103 x 150 cm

Saturday, 31 December 2016

3. Article Nothing But Good

Article about our blog in the December 2016 issue of Belgian Art Magazine Kunstletters (in Dutch).

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Rob de Oude / Sol LeWitt

Sol Lewitt
Wall Drawing 56
A square is divided horizontally and vertically into four equal parts, each with lines in four directions superimposed progressively.
August 1970
Black pencil
LeWitt Collection, Chester, Connecticut
First Installation: LeWitt residence, New York
First drawn by Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt’s early wall drawings were based on finite series of what he termed “simple” lines (lines drawn in one of four basic directions: vertical, horizontal, diagonal left, and diagonal right), as well as “superimposed” lines (the four simple lines layered on top of each other). By superimposing the lines in a sequential manner, as seen in Wall Drawing 56, the artist produced progressively darker gradations of tone.
Source: MASS MoCA site


Sol LeWitt
Wall Drawing 47
A wall divided into fifteen equal parts, each with a different line direction, and all combinations.
June 1970
Black pencil
Private collection
First Installation: Private residence
First drawn by Kazuko Miyamoto

Wall Drawing 47 is emblematic of Sol LeWitt’s systematic exploration of lines going in four basic directions: vertical, horizontal, diagonal left, and diagonal right. The drawing presents the four absolute lines layered sequentially, thus presenting their single, double, triple, and quadruple combinations. As in Wall Drawing 56, also on display at MASS MoCA, this pencil drawing shows increasingly darker gradations of tone as the piece is read from left to right.
Source: MASS MoCA site

Simple rules and parameters are also part of my practice, with the outcome usually kept as a 'known' unknown. I tend not to move towards a picture but more want the picture to move towards me. Working within certain set parameters highlights the importance of intuition and improvisation and brings along continued variation.
Rob de Oude, 2016

Rob de Oude
Shirt Strategy
oil on panel
30,5 x 30,5 cm (12 x 12 inches)

Rob de Oude (NL/US)
Cloud Computing/4
oil on canvas
81,25 x 81,25 cm (32 x 32 inches)