Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue

from Saturday, 30 April to Saturday, 11 June 2016

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue
30 April – 11 June 2016
Spinnerei Halle B4, Leipzig
Opening: Saturday 30 April 11:00 – 18:00 Hours

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Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere, Untitled (as grassfire as myself), 2016, Oil, Acrylic and Cyanotype Chemicals on Canvas, 215 x 150 cm

Hidenori Mitsue, Het Puttertje E, 2014, Oil on Linen, 33,5 x 22,5 cm

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue (exhibition view)

Koen Delaere, Untitled (as grassfire as myself), 2016, Oil, Acrylic and Cyanotype Chemicals on Canvas, 215 x 150 cm

Hidenori Mitsue, Het Puttertje E, 2014, Oil on Linen, 33,5 x 22,5 cm

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Koen Delaere & Hidenori Mitsue

Koen Delaere (1970, BE) paints with a colorful palette, with the paint forging structures that are both physical and geometric. Through repetition and layers of color matter, and with lively and rebellious explosions of form and alteration, the flat surface is constantly challenged. The artist engages with a method of working that portrays mirrored surfaces of his paintings at the time they are created, reflecting one against the other, and creating a shared dynamic that signifies the development of his work over time. Not unlike Jackson Pollock, Delaere often uses unconventional instruments to apply paint. All together, Delaere’s practice results in a form of painting that, despite its geometric appearance, is rather performative, poetic and harmonious by nature.

Koen Delaere lives and works in Tilburg, the Netherlands. His works were recently shown at VOLTA NY, and Halsey McKay Gallery in New York, USA, and at Rod Barton in Brussels, Belgium. Previously Delaere has exhibited at Van Horn Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany, De Vleeshal in Middelburg, the Netherlands, Peter Makebish Gallery and Rh Contemporary, in New York, USA, among others. Later this year, Delaere’s work will be exhibited at Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, USA.

Fascinated by the 17th Century Old Master paintings, Hidenori Mitsue (1969, JP) arrived in the Netherlands in 2006 to study painting. Within a few years he got renowned for his iconic tulip vases, flowers, portraits and landscapes he paints with an energy and persuasiveness that catapult them straight into the 21th Century. Mitsue’s mystifying combination of colourful figuration and calm contemplation (evoked by quiet skies and landscapes reminiscent of 17th Century paintings) shows how competitive – even conflicting – elements like skill, control and freedom can coexist in one work of art, reflecting the very soul of the artist.

Hidenori Mitsue lives and works in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. He obtained a BFA both at the Kyushu Sangyo University, Japan and the HKU in Utrecht, as well as an MFA at the Dutch Art Institute. His works were recently shown at Francis Boeske Projects, Amsterdam, and Galerie LUMC, Leiden. The work of Mitsue were exhibited at De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, CODA Museum Apeldoorn en Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, among others, as well as various galleries in Japan. 

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