C&H art space presents Odd One Out, an encounter between the works of Erik de Bree and Wouter Klein Velderman. Both artists let their materials lead the way. Without any preconceived plans, they build up the material layer for layer, only to break them down again. What happens if you cut, tear or burn a part? How much command does that allow the artist over the resulting image? And how much destruction can an image take? In this confronting installation, the artists see how far they can push the boundaries.
In his Squadron Me-series, Klein Velderman joins differently colored cloths of PVC together by melting them. The blending of the colors allots the works a painterly quality, while the compiling of layers of cloth results in a sculpture-like mass. Where Klein Velderman explores the boundaries between the artistic disciplines, De Bree researches the essence of painting. He draws attention to composition, color and form by applying several layers of wallpaper to a panel and ripping parts off again. This contingent process leads to an image the artist could not have conceived of beforehand.
The coupling of these unpredictable works results in a baffling installation in which nothing is what is seems to be. Everything is about material and shape in this landscape of monumental paintings and smaller-sized objects. The fact that there is no predetermined message or meaning allows the viewer to relate his own ideas and memories to the artworks. The result will, at any rate, be a surprising visual experience, for the visitor as well as for the artists themselves.
Erik de Bree (Haarlem, 1977) works at Horizonverticaal, an artist-run space in Haarlem that he co-founded. He recently received a grant from the Mondriaan Fund to support his practice, and before that an all-expenses-paid study trip to the Azores from the Van Vlissingen Art Foundation. The Caldic Collection, the ING BANK and several private collections have acquired his work. De Bree graduated from the Rietveld Academy in 2008.
Wouter Klein Velderman (Deventer, 1979) lives and works in Amsterdam. After completing his bachelor’s at the Rietveld Academy in 2005, he studied Fine Art at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. He has since exhibited at Arti et Amicitiae (Amsterdam), the Gemeentemuseum (The Hague), De Vleeshal (Middelburg) and co-founded Beeld Hal Werk, a temporary exposition space. In addition to being an artist, Klein Velderman teaches at the Rietveld Academy.
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