Getxo

August 29 - September 29, 2013
Getxo, Spain
GROUP EXHIBITION "Ametsak Dreams", curated by Christian Caujolle

Introduction by the museum (English)

We are looking at an Eden that resembles a luxuriant jungle, exclusively peopled by children. A dreamlike universe where colour is matter, the essential, nature almost, fundamental. When it takes on the shape of large leaves or a delighted face, it is above all a kind of brilliant sensuality, the aftermath of strong tropical rain; a universe that searches not for realism but goes instead deep inside us, to the scorching heat in the monsoon atmospheres, in an exaltation of bodily experience that in this case involves only the look on a face. And clear to be seen is the complex computer construction of this world, a way of painting today with elements loaned from reality, transformed, milled, assembled, softened and become image to be contemplated, calling up something profound or buried. We cannot escape from our recollection of Rousseau’s Le Douanier (The Customs Officer) and yet here we are today and the world exists behind these images that only exist within a universe that no longer asserts itself in relation to painting and its codes. We are invaded by disorder, no doubt because we do not know the genre in which to situate these mirrors that fascinate us, flat but packed with details, articulated through reliefs that combine until they cease to exist by themselves. A world that does not exist but which is there, really there, terribly there and awesomely beautiful. Too beautiful perhaps, because it does not exist.

He was born in Breda in 1958. Currently works and lives in Amsterdam. He studied at the Sint Joost Fine Arts Academy in Breda. He has received awards including the St. Joost Prize, the Charlotte Köhlerprize, the H.N. Werkmanprize and the Municipality of Breda Oevre Prize. Ruud is represented by the Flatland Gallery and Stuxgallery and his work forms part of the following collections: the Alturas Foundation in Texas, the CB Collection in Tokyo and the Juan Rendón Collection in Barcelona.

Introduction by the museum (Bask)

Jungla lizun baten antza duen Eden bat da, non soilik umeak bizi diren. Unibertso onirikoa da eta bertan, kolorea materia da, oinarrizkoa, ia natura, funtsezkoa. Hosto handien edo aurpegi liluratuaren itxura hartzen duenean, sentsualitate distiratsua da, euri tropikal indartsu baten ondoren bezala; errealismorik bilatzen ez duen unibertsoa, gutako bakoitzaren hondora eramaten gaituena, bero sargorietara, montzoi-giroetara, kasu honetan begiradatik pasatzen den gorputz-esperientziaren gorespenera. Nabarmena da mundu honen ordenagailu bidezko eraikitze zaila, errealitatetik hartutako elementuekin margotzeko gaur egungo modu gisa, elementu eraldatuak, txikituak, mihiztatuak, leunduak eta bihurtuak, zerbait sakona edo lurperatua eskatuz, irudietan, ikusi ahal izateko. Ezin dugu Rousseau-ren El aduanero-ren oroitzapenetik ihes egin, baina hala ere, mundua, jada, pintura eta haren kodeen arabera baieztatzen ez den unibertsoan dauden irudien atzean existitzen da. Eragozpen batek inbaditzen gaitu, liluratzen gaituzten ispilu horiek zein generotara bidali ez dakigulako, ispilu lauak eta, aldi berean, xehetasunez beteak, konbinatuz beren kabuz existitzeari uzten dioten erliebez artikulatuak. Existitzen ez den mundua, baina benetan hor dagoena, izugarri hor dagoena, eta izugarri ederra dena. Agian ederregia, existitzen ez delako.

Bredan jaio zen 1958an. Gaur egun Amsterdam-en bizi eta egiten du lan. Bredako St. Joost Arte Ederren Akademian ikasi zuen. Hainbat sari jaso ditu, besteak beste St. Joost Prize, Charlotte Köhlerprize, H.N. Werkmanprize edo Municipality of Breda Oeuvre Prize. Flatland Gallery eta Stuxgallery galeriek ordezkatzen dute eta bere lana hainbat bildumatan dago, hala nola Texas-eko The Alturas Foundation, Tokioko CB Collection edo Bartzelonako Juan Rendón bilduman.

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