Project Description

Erik de Bree

Erik de Bree

Netherland

Erik de Bree lets his paintings be defined by processing the coincidence and the outcome of change and decision making. He glues layers of wallpaper on wooden panels and rips them off again, letting the material itself determine what the next step should be. Sometimes the paper is randomly loosely painted with acrylics or with a spray-can and then covered with yet another layer of wallpaper waiting to be partially ripped away again. This process happens over and over until a satisfying result is reached. The works remind us of abstract billboards left aside on the road and are covered with many layers of determined images from a forgotten unknown symbolic world. The works are balanced between form and non-form, between coincidence and chance, a sort of break-even point where nothing needs to be added or to be completed. His art practice is mostly about creating the environment for these coincidences to happen and to destroy them over and over again as a need to limit the options and to create a solid outcome. Erik de Bree his works establishes itself by an unfulfilling need for new images to shred, to manipulate, and to create order and chaos at the same time.
‚PATTERNS‘
Working with the wallpaper, Erik was introduced to a lot of different patterns. Erik decided to start a new series, based on patterns and repetitive forms. He created a way of working involving acrylic paint that is applied to a glass plate. He then, similar to the wallpaper paintings, removes parts of the paint again to fill in the holes with another color. He basically builds up the composition in reverse, and when the work is done, removes it from the glass plate.
‚WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS’
The ‘withdrawal symptoms’ are Erik’s way to relate to the traditional act of drawing within his line of work. He paints sheets of wallpaper and mixes them up with store-bought colorful sheets He then cuts into them with a knife and fills the cut with watered down ink, resembling the traditional pencil-line. With the ripping, cutting, spraypainting, and smearing of ink, these works have become particularly rugged and rough and have a sketch-like quality.

Artworks

Withdrawal Symptom #59, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
57 x 44,5 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #59, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
57 x 44,5 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #42, 2018
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
57 x 44,5 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #58, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
53,5 x 44 cm

Patterns #58, 2019
Acrylic paint on canvas, mounted on panel
39 x 30,5 cm

Pattern #47 2019
Acrylic paint on canvas, mounted on panel
39,5 x 32 cm

Pattern #54, 2019
Acrylic paint on canvas, mounted on panel
39,5 x 32 cm

Pattern #47 2019
Acrylic paint on canvas, mounted on panel
39,5 x 32 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #71, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
57 x 44,5 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #71, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
57 x 44,5 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #64, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
54 x 44,5 cm

Withdrawal Symptom #62, 2019
spraypaint, ink and torn paper on panel
52,5 x 44 cm

Vita

Life

Ausbildung:

2005 – 2008 Rietveld academie, Amsterdam

1998 – 1999 Willem de Kooning academie, Rotterdam

Selected Exhibitions oder Awards

2019
‚Supercalifradgilisticexpialidocious‘, Torch gallery, Amsterdam

‚Good times are the best times‘, Galerie Kruisweg 68, Haarlem

2018
‚wishy-washy, chitty chatty‘, C&H Gallery Amsterdam

2017
‚The paper trail‘, C&H Gallery, Amsterdam

2016
‚Torn & Teared‘ Kunstverein KJUBH, Cologne, DE

2015
‚With perfect nonchalance‘, C&H Art Space, Amsterdam

2014 ‚
Erik de Bree op Sao Miguel‘, Christies Amsterdam

Group Exhibitions

2019
‚Art Miami, with Torch Gallery, USA
‚Luxembourg Art week, with galerie Martin Kudlek, LUX
‚children of the eighties‘, galerie Martin Kudlek, DE
‚Voyage through a gallery’s skin, provinciehuis, Haarlem
‚CODA paper art‘, Coda museum Apeldoorn
‚It’s a small world after all‘, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim DE

2018
‚SOLO‘ 25 kunstenaars uit Castellum Aqvea, Vishal Haarlem
‚horizonverticaal @ Thisartfair, beurs van berlage, Amsterdam
Art Rotterdam, galerie Martin Kudlek