Published: September 2018
Text: Hanneke de Man
Design: Mart. Warmerdam
Size: 31 x 23 cm
Edition: 21 fc ills., 32 p., hard cover (leporello)
Price: € 35,00.
STAGE OF BEING – Robert Zandvliet
“For me, painting is about three things: 1 paint, 2 images, 3 spirit. Spirit is the heart of the matter, the added value that withdraws from direct perception. The spirit is always right with a good painting, but it is very difficult for a painter to steer it. ” Since his early years at the art academy, Robert Zandvliet (1970) has been trying to fathom and reinvent painting. He always uses a motif – an object, a landscape – as a starting point, but because of the abstraction, that motif is often barely recognizable in the image. The skin of the canvas, the movement of the brush and the use or absence of the color make up the image. Over the years, he has developed an enormous knowledge of materials and a fabulous painting skill. The way of painting, the composition, the color and all those other facets must be right in the painting. The ultimate expressiveness of a painting, however, lies elsewhere and, according to him, is much more elusive. Circling around that question, Zandvliet is always looking for new solutions.
One of his last quests has led to Stage of Being, a series of monumental paintings and a series of smaller works in which, for the first time, the motif of the human figure is leading. Zandvliet was inspired by the German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, who introduced the “Rückenfigur” in his landscapes – a lonely “Wanderer”, seen on the back. Using highly divergent and sometimes even opposing painterly techniques, Robert Zandvliet has painted seven monumental works in which the figure repeatedly manifests itself differently: from very concrete to completely dissolving in a magical imaginary space.
Stage of Being was published on September 7, 2018, on the occasion of the exhibition Robert Zandvliet. Stage of Being at the Bernhard Knaus Fine Art Gallery in Frankfurt am Main, on show from September 7 till November 24, 2018. Besides reproductions of the paintings and sketches from the Stage of Being-series, the leporello contains the text ‘The metamorphosis of Paint into an Image’ by Hanneke de Man.
Especially on the occasion of the publication of the leporello, Robert Zandvliet made a very limited series of small drawings (size 21 x 30 cm), technique black gesso on handmade paper, entitled The Wanderer. The drawings are offered by 99 Publishers for a reduced price of € 2,100 per drawing (normally € 2,750). This price includes framing and a signed copy of the leporello.
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