SBK Art voucher, art as a present

Romee van Oers & Thomas Westphal

10/09/2017 - 15/10/2017 @ SBK Amsterdam KNSM

Romee van Oers and Thomas Westphal both graduated in 2016 from one of the NL art academies. We previously showed their work at 'SBK Sprouts Young Talents' and at KunstRAI.

The artists who are both at the start of their careers talk about their work:ROME OF OERSMy work stems from the way things are present around us. I look at the properties of things, such as the effect of gravity on an existing shape. Painting for me is about placing things. I translate the presence of things into an action that results in a physically present brushstroke. I see the spatial brushstrokes that I use as sculptures. I look at how these brushstrokes relate to each other and to other presences in the space.Lately I have been more concerned with the recurring directions and forms in my work. I found out that the circular shape kept coming back in my work. I found the circular shape a fascinating fact, because this is a very natural shape. A shape with a course that repeats itself, which in turn is reminiscent of cycles that you see everywhere, such as the earth revolving around the sun or the water cycle.The works are somewhere between painting and sculpture. The brushstroke is related to the shape of the support. The area the paint stroke is in is bent, zoomed, or flipped. The space in which it is located and the space of the viewer overlap.THOMAS WESTPHALI am fascinated by the process of meaning formation. How something like meaning arises or is of value. The human world is a social web in which information is continuously exchanged through communication. Between the communicative points are forms, frameworks, agreements, etc. These depend on external factors such as culture, society, upbringing and so on. This web can be compared to how fabrics behave. It folds in half, distorts, coats, hides or makes visible in the same sense.With the series “into the fold” I discuss how folding hides and thus reveals something new within a frame. I approached the works as a country or society that is dependent on certain raw materials and the meaning that has arisen around them. It's very physical; just like the work process itself. With the raw materials, images are created that show a process of meaning formation. The titles of the works refer to this more specifically.

Romee van Oers
Romee van Oers
Thomas Westphal
Thomas Westphal
Thomas Westphal