Drawing Biennial 2015

Exhibition: 5 March – 30 April · Auction: 16 April 10am – 30 April 9pm

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Rinus Van De Velde

At Times it is Dry, at Times it is Cold

Year 2015
Medium pencil on paper
Dimensions 22.3 x 16.3 cm
Bidding Open Thu 16 April, 2015 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Thu 30 April, 2015 at 9:00pm
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Rinus van de Velde:

The work of Rinus Van de Velde (b. 1983 Leuven; lives and works in Antwerp) could be seen as an extensive attempt to engage existing images and stories in a mythologized (artist) biography that consists of drawings and narrative texts. Initially, he mainly sought inspiration for this in an archive of found images, which he used as source material for pencil and charcoal drawings on paper. For his recent, more monumental and ‘painterly’ charcoal drawings on canvas he primarily starts from self-shot, staged photographs that refer to diverse iconographical traditions.
This way of working yields stylized, often explicitly posed snapshots of a pseudoheroic story set in a parallel universe in which the artist is able to start a new life—a different artistic practice—over and over again. Behind this strategy lies a desire to step into the image, possibly even disappear into it. That is, by constantly staging his artistic practice, Van de Velde tries to undo the difference between life and work; or rather, he tries to live in his work—or more literally, his studio. There he—and in his slipstream the spectator—can, after all, move freely through an endless imaginary universe and identify with all possible alter egos (artists, evidently, but also other ‘heroes,’ like musicians, sportsmen, scientists). In continuously adding images as well as 'imagoes' to his visually strongly recognizable mythology, one could say that Van de Velde, by making drawings that have a strong own signature, paradoxically tries to become a ‘total artist’ that incorporates all possible artists.