During the first two weeks of April 2011 the annual exposition Beeldend Veenendaal was held, making this year the 15th edition of the event. With this exposition the art platform of Veenendaal provides local artists with an opportunity to exhibit their work. This year I was one of the participants in the exposition, all artists we’re allowed to submit one artwork and I created and submitted this surreal and abstract piece.
I had this artwork printed on A1 format (60x85cm) and pasted on 5mm of foam. Seeing my work on such a format and amidst the work of 112 other artists was absolutely incredible. The exposition was a big success and it provided me with the opportunity to meet many other artists from my hometown. This was the first time that my work was showcased in an exposition, which made it all very exciting.
Some other exciting related news was that the Dutch Advanced Photoshop magazine picked up on it and posted a mailbox feature about my artwork and the exposition in their April issue of 2011.
The reason I participated in this exposition was to promote myself and digital art in general amongst the local artists and the art platform of Veenendaal. Like I said: I specifically made this surreal digital artwork for the exposition. I wanted it to be something worth talking about, something that revealed more details each time you would look more closely at it and something that could be interpreted differently by everyone. It turned out to be very interesting, I’ve received many questions and comments on it during the times I was present at the exposition. The question I was asked mostly was: “How did you make this?” Which ultimately led me to my goal of promoting digital art.
I wanted this to be a powerful and darker piece. Reflecting a form of struggle we individually cope with, an entrapment in ourselves. I tried to reflect that by blending the heads together, displaying a persona wrestling with various emotions. As I often do I did try to twist the entire thing so that it can be interpreted differently. Here’s a small selection of words I picked from Andrew Danso’s review in which he describes this artwork insanely close to my original concept:
I think what you say here is awesome — that we’re torn each day by this dark light, good evil co-existence. We’re entrapped by the way it makes us feel, but ultimately it’s what makes us who we are.
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