Richard Aldrich (1975, Hampton, USA) plays in his work with images, text, painting, publications and music to evoke very different references and experiences. His paintings can be very expressive and colourful, but also minimalist and very determined, sometimes abstract then again figurative, occasionally painted with impasto brushstrokes, then flat without texture. After the many innovations painting underwent in the twentieth century, an artist like Richard Aldrich can have the freedom to radically paint as he likes and experiment without maintaining a so-called pioneering position on the art of painting. Each exhibition may add new story lines or layers of meaning to his work.
Some works are chosen intuitively while other choices are clearly determined by the specific visual experiment that he wants to develop in the exhibition space of the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens. All the works form together form an intuitive web of references alluding to art history, pop music and his own biography. An exhibition of Richard Aldrich never results from a thematic approach. Often it is through making his choice that new relationships develop between the works themselves, or that some parallels become clearly articulate.