Don’t Fight It, Feel It.
19 March – 30 April 2022
With great pride, Gerhard Hofland presents Don’t Fight It, Feel It, a solo show by Koen Delaere (1970, BE) with new paintings and a series of works on paper.
With a performance from Sun-Mi Hong on the opening in the gallery:
Sun-Mi was born in 1990 in South-Korea and started drumming on her 17th. She studied at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam and this move to Europe has shaped and changed her outlook on life and music completely. Her mind was pushing her towards jazz by listening to Brian Blade, Ari Hoenig and Roy Haynes and by being taken under the wings of Martijn Vink and Marcel Serierse.
Sun-Mi writes her own compositions with dramatic and emotional variation and put together her own quintet of international super talents living in the Netherlands. She recorded her own debut album, named Page 1 and won the Sena Dutch Jazz Competition in 2018. In the summer of 2020 she recorded her new album A Self-Strewn Portrait.
Koen Delaere is known for his highly structured and rhythmic paintings. The physical act of painting, as well as the physical presence of the painting that almost becomes a sculpture through its materiality, are an obvious trait of his work. Now the notion of corporeality is added as a vantage point for a visual language of physical experience. For the last four years, Delaere’s studio practice could be defined as ‘looking out’, meaning that the paintings he made in his studio all referred to an experience that had taken place outside the studio, like travelling to the desert of Nevada, or visiting a concert of bands like Oneohtrix Point Never and Cocaine Piss. This time Delaere has taken the confined space of his studio, that is almost like a cell, as a starting point and set out to deconstruct his practice by using different tools and formats, making false starts and multiple beginnings, erasing or doubling his actions.
‘To force a false start to try and reach ‘new truth’, to expose myself to myself and take it from there, cannibalising my own work, using new patterns to invent new strategies, to sabotage and destroy the painting I know. What interests me is the physical handling of the idea, the execution as a physical experience. To cut through the ego, to work and get your hands dirty, to make mistakes and transform them into something that has potential. Meaning is revealed in practical concerns and the consequences in choices. Recording physicality. Beginning with a blank canvas, facing the void. Going beyond thinking, anti-design, a structure against which to work. You start to wonder what a body is, submitting yourself to this, and exploring absolute personal freedom within this. Focusing on myself in the studio, I became extremely aware of life outside the studio. As a reversed dialectic so to say. Standing with my ‘back to the world’ I became very aware of the world. It would be too simple to regard the studio as a safe haven from the outside clutter of society. To take a naïve autonomy for granted. A single Hellfire missile costs $100.000. Soon microbes will be created that convert corn into plastic. (Lidia Yuknavitch – The Book of Joan). But fuck your fear. There is still room for painting.’
Koen Delaere (1970, BE) studied fine arts at Academie voor Beeldende Vorming in Tilburg. In 2006 he won the Wolvecamp price. Delaere’s work was shown in Los Angeles, New York and Brussels and recently in Stockholm, Sao Paolo, Abu Dhabi and Munich. His work is part of various international renowned public collections, such as Centraal Museum Utrecht, Vleeshal Middelburg and CCA Andratx, Mallorca (ES), and esteemed corporate collections such as ABN Amro Bank, Rabobank and Akzo Nobel, as well as private collections in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.