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Niek Hendrix – STUPID AS A PAINTER


Opening: 25 08 2017, 7pm


August 26
– September 16 2017
Sat, 2 – 6 pm
and by appointment

 

Today, we spend more and more time at the screens that frame our view of the world. We get bombarded by thousands of images, we have no choice but to deal with them in some way or another. How we look and understand images and their power structures could give us a more profound understanding of our world.

In the first instructional book on painting (De Pictura (1435) by Leon Battista Alberti), painters were instructed to consider the frame of the painting as a window. Through these singular frames, we received a view on our state of being, our history and thus our understanding of our world.

This perspectival paradigm continued to dominate through the ages of emerging technology as photography and cinema until the computer screen emerged. Now, multiple ‘windows’ coexist and overlap, the traditional singular perspective may have met its end and a new diverging mode appears.

By combining them with images from different sources through space and time, stripping the images to their bare essentials to shades between black and white a new perspective arises. When we read between the lines and generate a lateral way of thinking. It can give us a more profound understanding of our own state of being and each other.

 

A Study of a Window – 90×67,5cm Oil and pencil on panel (and birch multiplex), 2017

 

Niek Hendrix lives and works in Maastricht (the Netherlands) and was a former resident of the Jan van Eyck Academy (2014-2015).
He has been nominated for the Royal Painting Award multiple times and the Prix de Rome (2013).
Aside from his practice as an artist he writes about contemporary art and is the founder of webzine Lost Painters.
In the past, he initiated the art initiative Park (Tilburg, Netherlands) and curated shows at different venues.

Niek Hendrix in his studio

 

 

 

 

 

10 years project space rosalux

Performorange, video performance, Vitor Lago Silva, 2004

10 years ago – on 15 March 2007 – rosalux showed videos of the Portuguese artist Vitor Lago Silva (1971-2013).

This was the beginning of our program as a project space, initially in a studio located in a basement, then in a beautiful venue at the corner of the Elisabethkirchstraße in Berlin-Mitte and later, from 2009, in Berlin-Wedding.
Before, rosalux had already been present as a web platform presenting original web art projects by international artists since 1999 – at a time when few still actively used the World Wide Web.

10 years project space rosalux with works by over 250 international artists, 20 of them presented their first solo exhibition in Berlin or Germany.

We are proud of our achievement and would like to thank all the artists, curators and project developers, who have expanded our horizons through their original and diverse formats, approaches and inputs and have encouraged our public and ourselves to think and debate.

We would also like to thank the loyal audience, colleagues and press representatives in Germany and abroad, who have accompanied us in all these years, as well as the many volunteer helpers, interns and consultants.

We look forward to more exciting exhibitions.