Vonderweg 1, Eindhoven
13 May / 11 June
Every Saturday & Sunday 14.00 – 19.00
A light, a colour, a move. A canvas, a pigment, a brush…
As a painter, Oscar van der Put always aims to reduce the things we see into a fundamental image. He uses natural pigments and raw materials – linen, clay, egg yolk, bister, gesso – like the painters of the past. But instead of striving for the perfect picture, he looks for occurring incidents. For the colour dots of grainy pigments, or for the cracks in the clay. These occurrences lay bare the momentum of painting: the act of trying to make a picture.
The roots of painting, that emerged in prehistoric times, are deeply connected to our view of the world and at the same time it mostly triggers our imagination.
ABOUT THE expo
In TAC GROUNDWORK, Oscar presents a series of works made in his studio in Brussels and as a resident in Eindhoven, at the arthouse of United Cowboys. Each series presents a different strategy in his quest to portray an image.
Saturday 13 May
19:00 – 22:00 | opening with 2 ongoing performances
20 May | 27 May| 3 June| 10 June
14.00 – 19.00 | ongoing ipad performances
The Index Paintings are a series of 1×1 meter canvases that Oscar has treated with gesso, natural paints, plaster and clay. He plays with these ‘living’ materials thoughtfully, applying them in such a way that they are likely to change in the process: cracks may start to appear, or pigments in egg yolk may start to change color. The result is an orchestrated improvisation: a magical search for the primeval image.
In addition to the Index canvases, Oscar has been playing with digital painting to achieve the same magical living images. The digital projections make a nice contrast to the old natural materials.
The Incidents of Light are similarly made with natural materials. The seemingly white canvases are interrupted by the slightest presence of colour, and… then the colour bursts! With the changing light in the space throughout the day, the paintings continue to change too.
With Traces, Oscar plays with seemingly accidental shapes and forms in our everyday environments. While repeating these forms over and over again – painted, cut out, built or marked – he playfully challenges us to carefully look around. And to see, without blinking, the spatial scenes that meet our eyes.