UNTITLED NO 38
Acryl and Varnish on Canvas, 120 x 100 CM, 2018
Rain-washed is a fitting description of the image a viewer may see when encountering “UNTITLED NO 38” for the first time. Here, the juxtaposition of two achromatic colours, black and a pearl-white, plus a bright red, can be freely interpreted. This initially sparks a broader range of associations than if the artist had given the painting a name. But what can be seen in this image? While the upper half of the picture appears somewhat more intense and saturated, the colours in the lower area take on a matt, faded appearance. The red and pearl-white colours are clearly differentiated from each other, resembling two liquids which have not yet been mixed together. In another aspect of this process, a series of black blotches and smears have increasingly worked their way towards the edges of the canvas. Meanwhile, at the centre, our attention is attracted to flows of material resembling cajal structures, black ink and the like. This creates a field of tension, which encourages the already energised red colour to surge and express itself. Since this colour can be associated not only with passion, glowing embers and heat, but also with conflict, war and danger, the soot-like flowing paint could be taken as some kind of emission. Maybe this will end in tears, or maybe in a renewal. The good thing is, this is left for the viewer to decide. This strong red is thus increasingly intrusive and spins a narrative of pure emotion. But one might legitimately ask where and how this dynamism might end. And while the black colour seems to support this relentless drive, it also embodies an awareness of libido and sexuality. Both colours are considerably diluted and softened by the white, and this transcendence appears to be holding everything in balance.