Koen van de Broek: Chicane

21 November 2012 - 5 January 2013

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Artist Info

For his first show at Marlborough Contemporary, van den Broek revisits a single location from fractionally differing angles and perspectives, to produce five substantial new works. The title of the show, Chicane, refers to a break or turn in the road, which becomes the formal moment of focus for the paintings. It’s a device to slow down a car’s progress. In the painting it slows down our reading of the perspective.

Van den Broek obsessively reworks the endless possibilities of the painted image from one painting to another. As much as this repetition is conceptually driven, at the same time there are formal resonances as diverse as the famous pathway through van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows, or Edward Hopper’s reading of the American urban landscape. More than simply quoting these artists, van den Broek invokes what are now universal forms, drawing the gaze down to the ground, with its shapes and shadows, while simultaneously opening the space of perspective in a dramatic way.

 

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Press Release

Artist Info

 

For his first show at Marlborough Contemporary, van den Broek revisits a single location from fractionally differing angles and perspectives, to produce five substantial new works. The title of the show, Chicane, refers to a break or turn in the road, which becomes the formal moment of focus for the paintings. It’s a device to slow down a car’s progress. In the painting it slows down our reading of the perspective.

Van den Broek obsessively reworks the endless possibilities of the painted image from one painting to another. As much as this repetition is conceptually driven, at the same time there are formal resonances as diverse as the famous pathway through van Gogh’s Wheatfield with Crows, or Edward Hopper’s reading of the American urban landscape. More than simply quoting these artists, van den Broek invokes what are now universal forms, drawing the gaze down to the ground, with its shapes and shadows, while simultaneously opening the space of perspective in a dramatic way.

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