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'Zest de Soleil' - Koen Delaere and Daniel Schubert

Galleries Gerhard Hofland

Bilderdijkstraat 165 C
1053 KP Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 4121772

Open Thu - Sat / 13-17 hrs

18 Oct — 22 Nov

Time 18 Oct, 17-19 hrs


In October and November Galerie Gerhard Hofland shows paintings byKoen Delaere (NL, 1970) and Daniel Schubert (D, 1984). A combination of two abstract painters. It is not the first time that Koen Delaere partners up with another artist when he exhibits his work. Last year he exhibited his work together with the French painter Jean-Baptiste Bernadet in the show Wichitiat Galerie Gerhard Hofland.  More recently, he collaborated with artist Jeroen Doorenweerd in an exhibition curated by Lorenzo Benedetti at De Vleeshal in Middelburg where the exhibition period began with a painting performance in which visitors could wander around and other artists were invited to respond in their own way or integrate through lectures, yoga sessions, music performances and workshops. This interactive and energetic aspect of the presentations of Delaere's works is a reflection of the essence of his paintings. Delaere's paintings are the result of a physical and energetic interaction with the material: canvas, thick layers of paint, colours and textures. For Delaere painting is not meant to arrive at aesthetic perfection but to involve the viewer into the layered and dynamic work process that was necessary to come to a finalised painting. The layers of paint and the gestural way in which it is is applied are the subject matter of Delaere's compelling paintings. The performative character of Delaere's works can be compared to experiencing a live music performance or to making music in which a meaning evolves while actively listening.

The act of painting is also of interest to the young Düsseldorf based painterDaniel Schubert. He investigates how to materialise the daily pictorial world around him through painting. Starting points of his paintings are often details from his direct surroundings and can vary from an online advertisement or a wall full of graffiti to elements from nature. In his research he experiments with many painting materials like egg tempera or rabbit glue. Just as with Delaere the completion of a painting can last for months. Thereby the intuitive and dynamic process of painting is as much about the physical creation as it is about looking: the process of continuous reflection and selection.

Koen Delaere (1970 NL) lives and works in Tilburg, the Netherlands. He recently showed his work at Peter Makabish Gallery in New York,  RH Contemporary in New York, Cell in London and Alpineum Produzentengalerie in Luzern. In September he had a duo show Zinging Tangerine with  Jeroen Doorenweerd, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, at De Vleeshal, Middelburg.

Daniel Schubert (1984, D) lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany. After graduating in Painting  from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf he exhibited his work among others at Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn, Germany museum k20, Düsseldorf and Supramental Artspace, Berlin. Recently he had a solo show at Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY.


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