For RafaŽl Rozendaal, the internet functions as studio, canvas and exhibition space all in one. Since 2001, he has been creating artworks in the form of websites. During Art Rotterdam, a selection of his newest websites will be projected on a large-scale video wall. Some websites provide an almost hypnotic and meditative experience, just like staring into a fire or at the ocean. Other sites can show simply stylized objects, but also more abstract works, referring to art historical movements of the twentieth century with their geometric motifs and abstract compositions. The playful and colorful visuals of the works of art can however be misleading: they often touch upon a more serious subject matter. This is reflected in titles such as Deep Sadness .com, that give the works an alienating quality. The titles additionally function as location, shape and frame of the digital pieces. Furthermore, Rozendaal searches for ways in which his digital work can be translated into the physical world. An example of this is seen in his Ďlenticular paintingsí, of which a selection will be presented during the fair.
In his newest body of work, Rozendaal experiments with computer generated compositions that are translated into physical objects. Starting with a series of basic shapes, the computer is programmed to place as many shapes as possible in a given surface. The resulting pattern is then laser cut into a metal plate. By suspending the work from the wall, the cut out shapes leave differentiating patterns on the wall throughout the day. These ĎShadow Objectsí will be shown for the first time during Art Rotterdam.
Additionaly, Upstream will present new paintings by Marc Bijl, in which he has further developed his new body of work showing abstract color gradients, powder coated on aluminum. Their sleek industrial finish and the calming character of the gradients appear to be in stark contrast to Bijlís raw artistic signature and customary use of dark colors, yet Bijl remains true to his artistic engagement as he states: ĎThe abstract and haziness symbolize looking away, hypocrisy and refusing to see things clearly: a new policital movementí.
Also presented during the fair are new corrugated steel wall sculptures by Frank Ammerlaan that bring movement to light by walking around the work as well as iconic work by Marinus Boezem investigating light and shadow.
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