Matthias van Arkel
by chance i came across this swedish artist with the dutch name, that triggered me, and found out that his father, a painter himself, had migrated from holland to sweden. surprisingly, also matthias van arkel's work appealed to me and especially his working method, a combination of premeditation and acceptance of results derived from his working process.
van arkel (*1967) has developed from pure painterly to more sculptural pieces, still looking at them with the eye of a painter. as a material he chose platinum cured silicone rubber, making objects that either stand by themselves, or several pieces combined to form large scale mural solutions in architecture.
it's amazing how well he developed the skill of combining. there's no repetition of elements and the total work gives the impression that it has been cut up for practical reasons, rather than the inverse.
at art affairs we're showing a site specific drawing at the window front, as well as medium scale and small 'paintings' in the gallery space.
we'd be happy to welcome you for this exhibition.
antoinette de stigter