Stephan van den Burg, Untitled (816)
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Galerie Helder

Technique: pencil and tape on paper
Size: 25 x 25 cm
Edition: Unique work
Price: € 850
Status: for sale

Untitled (816), 2016

Van den Burg's investigative artisanal way of dealing with material and technology is evidence of an enormous urge to innovate. Van den Burg has mastered a technique that leads to exceptional results. He applies tape to paper, draws on it with a pencil, sticks a new strip of tape over it and pulls it off again. The first drawing (the graphite) remains behind on the tape, by sticking it on elsewhere, a copy of the first lines is created on the sticky side of the tape. He then draws over it again, and so it sometimes goes through a few layers, until it is finished, in Van den Burg's eyes. This investigative approach, the stratification and the pure black and white, make the small works intriguing. The motifs of the drawings are very different: textures, structures and landscapes. Due to the dingy graphite effect and the black-and-white, the link with newspaper clippings and media is quickly made. The interplay of the drawings yields beautiful associations. As a viewer you automatically make certain connections and stories arise in your head. Van den Burg always knows how to surprise the viewer, at least who allows himself the time to look at his drawings from up close. He creates a surprising drawing world. We see here an innovator in the drawing world with a very own approach.