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ArtistAsh Keating (AU) and Rutger de Vries (NL/D)BeschrijvingOn the property of the Van Nelle factory, on the opposite side of the entrance to the fair, two (inter)national mural specialists will be on a rotation every other day to create a dynamic mural on a temporary wall, that comes about through interventions of mechanical resources. 
Dimensions12 x 4 meterMaterialsPaint
LocationArt Rotterdam Van NellefabriekArt directorMarleen van Wijngaarden
ProducerMURALS Inc.Thanks tostichting Droom en Daad, Art Rotterdam, Convexarchitecten, CBK R'dam, Art Rotterdam Week, In_house_creative, Art Rotterdam Week, Van Nelle Fabriek



Ash Keating and Rutger de Vries

On the property of the Van Nelle factory, on the opposite side of the entrance to the International Art Fair ART ROTTERDAM, Ash Keating (AU), and Rutger de Vries (NL/D) will be on a rotation every other day to create a dynamic mural on a temporary wall. The murals are created by the intervention of mechanical resources.

MURALS Inc. is a Rotterdam based agency specializing in contemporary murals. The agency focuses on a stratification within the offer, looking with emphasis on the architectural context and selects mural specialists based on autonomous principles. MURALS Inc. wants to emphasize the visual qualities and original trends within the different art movements that manifest themselves in the field of Wall Painting. Post-graffiti, machine and drone painting, lettering, text-based art, calligraffiti, super graphics, public murals, freestyle painting, deconstruction, post futurism, concrete art are examples.

MURALS Inc. MACHINE PAINTING SHOW focuses on one of the development that is ongoing, namely machine painting. Artists use self-constructed tools to apply the paint. They base these techniques on substantive assumptions and lots of trials and errors. Applying the paint takes the form of an intriguing performance, the results ultimately are of an exciting and outspoken character.

Rutger de Vries

The expansive painting installations of Rutger de Vries emerge from the seemingly contradictory acts of expression and concealment. His spatial interventions mark spaces in such ways that oftentimes they seem to disappear under colorful layers of paint. Divergent in both geometric visual language and more organic, fanning painterly surfaces, the uncompromising painterly landscapes initially echo the expressive character of an energetic, restless painter. However, visible traces occupy the installation’s scene: the tools left behind characterize the maker’s own absence.

De Vries’ work is influenced by traditions of both process painting and conceptual art, from which systematic logics arise that conform to the working conditions at hand. The outsourcing of artistic gestures to formula-like methods evokes associations with artists such as Sol LeWitt, although his canonical statement ‘the idea becomes a machine that makes the art is reinterpreted by De Vries and extended into self-developed tools and computer-controlled machines. By having this equipment determine the composition, form, and intensity of his automated paintings and drawings, De Vries investigates the scope of his own authorship.

Although De Vries’ practice stems from painting, it is at odds with the radical and visual tradition of the graffiti subculture. In graffiti terms, the act of writing a (preferably very visible) tag in public space is called bombing. Such markings are simultaneously a gesture of strong authorship and anonymity, navigating between decoration and destruction. To avoid the risks of prosecution, graffiti practitioners initially chose to protect their identities and remain obscure. Today, anonymity and the use of pseudonyms have turned out to be a farce: the grown popularity of ‘street art’ and the legitimization of rebellious attitudes in mainstream culture have turned them into a mere commercial strategy.

In reclaiming autonomy, De Vries acknowledges the impossibility of circumventing the artist persona: the art world is highly dependent on upholding the notion of authorship. By appropriating techniques such as aerosol spray paint, paint bombs, corrosive etching chemicals, and typography, De Vries blurs the value of his identity while reflecting the visual means of anti-establishment movements. Consequently, operating in the context of the visual arts, a new antagonist appears: while art spaces present themselves as public spaces, today many institutions are primarily occupied by privileged audiences. De Vries, originally working in the graffiti scene, bombs these traditional places for art reception with explosions of paint, in search of a new platform for painting and alternative exhibition formats.

Rutger de Vries @ART ROTTERDAM 2020

Rutger de Vries has installed a construction of water pipes on the contemporary wall. Instead of water, paint flowed through it. There were 2500 small holes in the pipes, according to a well thought-out scheme the paint was ‘loosened’ from these holes per series of pipes. The paint created a structure that was built up layer by layer.

The ‘release’ took place from noon on Wednesday 5 February. The result could be seen until Friday 7 FEB up to 19.00 hrs.

Ash Keating (AU)

Keating’s painting process involves applying paint and water from both pressurised fire extinguishers and an airless sprayer to create dynamic, layered works of scale that harness the gravitational pull of paint down the surface of the structure.

Ash Keating has exhibited extensively in galleries and created numerous large-scale, site-responsive art projects in Australia and internationally since 2004.He has undertaken numerous large-scale painting commissions in public spaces, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013), the Adelaide Festival Centre (2015), Sydney’s Domain (2018), as well as self initiated projects across Melbourne. Keating’s art practice has attracted significant attention in Australia and his works are held in many public and private collections including the NGV, NGA, MCA, AGNSW, MUMA and Artbank.

MURALS Inc. MACHINE PAINTING SHOW is generously sponsored by