Willem Van der Weide

city
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
birth
1980

I am interested in creating dreamlike spaces. Through my work I want to let the viewer wander through imaginary spaces.
In my paintings I define the raw canvas as an endless universe in which countless objects or black holes are floating. My ‘objects’ are stain-like dots, made out of undiluted oil paint, rubbed in and absorbed by the linen, in several layers of dark colours. With a basic idea of composition in my mind I start creating the stain-like dots over the whole canvas. It is only when one is standing in front of the work that the subtle nuances in colour and form are clearly visible. From a distance the colours blend and the stains interact, resulting in a sense of space that contracts and expands in front of your eyes. The distance between the objects, the amount, size and colour have an important effect on how the feel of the space will be.
My present step is to build installations to achieve a more 3d feel of a sci-fi space. Now I paint the same dots on several layers of transparent organza fabric hanging behind each other with 60 cm. between them. By placing them behind each other the fabric will interfere with each other resulting in a 3D moire effect.
As a child I often dreamt about exploring an endless universe. In this universe I would be pulled through a black hole disappearing into a huge nothingness. I think what I longed for but also feared was to be somewhere that was alienated from the world we live in. Diving into an unknown place and being there alone. That for me is the power of working in abstraction; the rules are unknown and everything we accept as familiar does not exist. I am an explorer of the void and I use paint and linen as my conduits.

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