Robert Devriendt: Making Connections, Groeninge Museum, Bruges

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Close-ups in a shower scene, an explosion, a couple in the yellow-green light of a parking lot, a stray wild dog… the small paintings of Robert Devriendt work as teasers to stimulate the imagination. The artist speculates on the images and associations that his work will call up in the viewer’s mind and on the connections that he/she will make between the different paintings.

Because of his very precise and sensual way of painting, Devriendt has been labelled as a unique exception in the contemporary world of art. He has also been previously described as a contemporary Flemish Primitive, but he is so much more than that. His works all have a very high ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ content. His oeuvre increasingly demonstrates the qualities and characteristics of a film.

His series are a reflection of the endless contemporary stream of images, in which intimate observations are brusquely confronted with stark virtual imagery. With a great sense of drama, Devriendt investigates the effects of his painted compositions on the viewer. Making Connections also aims to bring that viewer into contact with the alter-ego of the artist.”In the more recent series, I take a character as a starting point, a protagonist who may or may not perpetrate certain actions. It is almost as if I have to follow this person’s choices and preferences. This alter-ego provides me with content and images.”

17 October 2015 – 21 February 2016

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Artist Info

Close-ups in a shower scene, an explosion, a couple in the yellow-green light of a parking lot, a stray wild dog… the small paintings of Robert Devriendt work as teasers to stimulate the imagination. The artist speculates on the images and associations that his work will call up in the viewer’s mind and on the connections that he/she will make between the different paintings.

Because of his very precise and sensual way of painting, Devriendt has been labelled as a unique exception in the contemporary world of art. He has also been previously described as a contemporary Flemish Primitive, but he is so much more than that. His works all have a very high ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ content. His oeuvre increasingly demonstrates the qualities and characteristics of a film.

His series are a reflection of the endless contemporary stream of images, in which intimate observations are brusquely confronted with stark virtual imagery. With a great sense of drama, Devriendt investigates the effects of his painted compositions on the viewer. Making Connections also aims to bring that viewer into contact with the alter-ego of the artist.”In the more recent series, I take a character as a starting point, a protagonist who may or may not perpetrate certain actions. It is almost as if I have to follow this person’s choices and preferences. This alter-ego provides me with content and images.”

17 October 2015 – 21 February 2016

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