The creative process, the choice of (painting)materials, and the method or strategy (often very labor intense) play an important role and are at the start of each new work. Van Lith considers the canvas on which a painting is made to be just as important as the material he uses to paint it with. For example, the structure of a grid he paints on can determine the final result. The underlying material of the work interacts with the different aspects of the artistic process: paint, composition, color and, just as important, the manner of working. Van Lith paints layer after layer, but also regularly scratches and rubs away ‘to the bone’, so that the skin structure of the fabric can start to show craters and caves, accumulations and holes. The work becomes a cage where fragments of time, energy, thoughts and gestures fuse. The work is all about physicality, challenging the material’s limits and exploring the body-language of the painting and its process.
OPENING | 16.02.2020 at 3 pm