At the “Kunstvlaai 2012”, a fair for independant artists and art initiatives, I was invited to participate as artblogger. I decided to make an analog artblog under the name of chmkoome/keeskoomen: By inviting a number of Dutch artists that I have been following on my blog I curated an exhibition of my favorite artists adding two works of myself. Furthermore, for ten days I wrote a diary during the fair, with conté on paper. Each day I would put the page between the works that were exhibited. I wanted to show the way my blog and my art-practice are intertwined: my artblog is a integral part of my art-practice!
The diary pages looked like minimalistic drawings so I started to think about the visual quality of texts, experimenting with diary-fragments and imagery in order to have both adding to the intended idea I wanted to convey. Thinking about how my works came to life, I realised it was a process of the initial emotion, a description in text or drawing of the thing that caused it in context, making sketches of the situation and doing formal experiments. Eventually it all results in an artwork. This can be a painting, an installation, a textwork or recently even performances which would be seen by the public that would subsequently follow their own process. I thought about combining a limited number of component parts of an artwork so I combined texts with paintstrokes on a monochrome background, showing the atmosphere of the moment. In the exhibition in Lana in Italy I did an installation experimenting with this method.
In the “Fuck Focus”-show at Buro Rotterdam I tried to show a story made by textworks, diary sketches, textpainting, diary-texts and painting.
At this time I began to rewrite the fragments that I wanted to use, thickening them into almost poetry-like lines. Some were used for some selfportraits in gouache on a monochrome background with the lines in my hand drawn on it. On this I wrote diaryfragments and painted some very minimal visual information about the situation described.
For “Augentausch”, the EX-MÊKH-show at A-Trans in Berlin for instance, I made the paintings “Dillenburg” and “Aquaplaning”. They are early memories from my travels in Germany that show this way of working. In this show I also had two diary-textdrawings hanging on tree-roots to illustrate the humus-function of the texts. Following this I wrote text-fragments in images and after a research period in the USA in 2016 I made tekst-drawings of sound-fragments that I had heard on the streets, conflicting concepts that I wondered about.
I also did a number of pre-Trump-portraits from memory, mixing soundfragments and visual memory in small canvasses. Atmosphere and small details from the people that I met in a country that was getting an ever worse place to live in. It was depressing and I lost my original intention for this trip, trying to get an image of the situation as it was. After the trip Trump was chosen as president of the USA and I got a job during one year, next to my usual job, so I didn’t do much painting. The images that remained, about Black Mountain College and the derelicts on the streets mixed with my personal memories about studying in California resulting in the most recent paintings on this page.