Zwang I-III


Zwang I-III

2017 | oil on wood, 50x80cm (triptych 150x80cm)

Zwang (compulsion) is a series of paintings that have their origin in the series Strafe, but try to break the pictorial code (unvoluntarily) established by these paintings by taking details from them and developing them with specific constraints. In the first three pictures, which together form a triptych, the rule was to use only raw brushes (10mm or more).

The main reason for this approach is the observation that even without a conscious intention the pictures of a series tend to become more complex and more technically refined with each painting. To break free from this vicious circle, rules have to be established to avoid repeating the same thing over and over.

The painters Komar and Melamid, who painted pictures according to the results of surveys asking people what they thought a good painting had to include, once said that in looking for freedom, they found slavery. Zwang is the attempt to reverse this pattern: To find freedom in slavery.