The 23rd edition of Art Rotterdam, a special spring edition, will take place this year from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May. Located in the iconic Van Nelle-factory, the art fair will once again form a dynamic meeting point for art lovers and connoisseurs.
As the focus of Art Rotterdam lies with contemporary art which is dynamic and challenging, Rutger Brandt Gallery is proud to showcase new art by Johan de Wit, Emmanuel Barcilon, Zsofia Schweger and Myles Bennet.
Zsofia Schweger (1989) was born and raised in Szeged, Hungary. After studying in Boston and London. The places which she called home in the past and present are part of her identity. Therefore, she is interested in exploring the relationship between humans and spaces, and the notion of 'home'. Schweger paints domestic as well as public interiors. Her paintings are devoid of human figures, which can make them seem empty and cold, but the peace and orderliness that Schweger incorporates so masterfully also make them seem familiar and approachable.
Emmanuel Barcilon (b. 1967, Paris) currently lives and works in Paris. Barcilon's work consists of layers of pure pigments poured onto the surface, which he then manipulates to make the underlying layers partially visible again. Layer upon layer without completely removing the previous one. The transparent layers and contrasting colors at the edges of the panel make many nuances of color and line visible. These bring about an almost hypnotic effect.
Myles Bennett is interested in the intersection of architectural drawings, 18th century landscape paintings, and the organized space of woven and raw canvas. For centuries, canvas in all of its forms has represented what we understand to be a picture plane. The material has been stretched, primed, and conditioned for the creation of a multitude of genres of paintings. It has been left bare, painted all white or black, or gridded with graphite. Bennett's work examines these methods, and rather than subverting them, opens up a new conversation about what a picture plane could be.
In evoking an atmosphere of poetic stillness, Johan de Wit combines his love for aesthetic objects with everyday life. A paper mode forms the basis for his most recent series of objects, which are reinforced both on the inside and the outside by resin and marble powder. De Wit reworks the model during the drying process to create folds and dents. He subsequently finishes each piece with different colors and shades of paint, and then gives the surface of the work a final sanding. This results in a concealing and a retrieval of the dents and folds of the three-dimensional form. The light that is then captured and reflected underscores all the rich layers of the surface.
We hope to see you at booth 71!