Ricardo van Eyk (NL, 1993) considers himself a painter. His work arises from an amazement with regard to the urban environment and the way in which the city functions as a 'support' bearing the traces of human presence, the lapsing of time and signs of decay. Images from his surroundings that he finds meaningful are isolated and used within his own work in order to discover the logic of those images. Van Eyk works on the basis of wooden constructions: boards that are placed against each other, the saw-cut becoming a visual element, while paint is applied and sanded away and applied again. Found objects, as well as the use of everyday household materials, underscore his playful way of working.
For his presentation at Art Rotterdam, Ricardo van Eyk has made new work in which he looks for a short-circuit between image and material: he plays with the tension between coincidence and intention that seems to manifest itself in a different way in each work.