Eva Steynen.Deviation(s) is proud to showcase new works by Johannes Ulrich Kubiak, Robert Soroko and Jan Verbruggen.
Johannes Ulrich Kubiak (D, 1961 works and lives in Antwerp) made new works for this Art Rotterdam summer edition. Over the past 30 years he has engaged in a process of experimentation with a variety of media in order to research depth, colour and structure. His work challenges and intertwines traditional genres and techniques in photography, painting and drawing. Structures and forms seem to disintegrate under the surface of the composition. In his large paintings new forms emerge out of structures of vibrant colour, whilst in his new gouache series 'made to measure' t in variations between black and white.
Robert Soroko (B, lives and works in Antwerp) searches for possibilities to keep his sculptures mobile. By wind or by hand they move very subtile, almost invisible. Hard materials like metal he gives form, they show a captured movement, as if the welding has suddenly stopped. Although they are robust they show a purified simple line. Combining wood with iron. Or steel figures that come in clear basic colours. Making a different intervention depending on the material and space. They recall to figures out of old cultures, their slow elegant movements inspired by Tai-Chi, organic figures that seem walking out of another world.
Jan Verbruggen (°1980, works and lives in Brussels) his new series of oil paintings and works on paper, are based on sketches made during the Belgian lockdowns. They show surrealist fragments from a fictive event. For this series Verbruggen used the classical oil painting technic of the 'grisaille' under-painting, which permitted him to define composition, lighting and the atmosphere of his work and develop a clear vision of the overall sense of the painting. With a lush and baroque colour pallet Verbruggen's sceneries turn estranged and reveal a certain 'unheimlich' feeling. These imaginary spaces create an in-between world that is transformative and offers an insight behind the surface of the visible; an 'embodied space'. A secret passage where the private and outside world literally immerse.