If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird consists out of four paintings in which artist Daan Roukens further explored the limits of his obsessive perfectionism. In each of these paintings he deliberately used tape in the first layer, because of the risk that paint would slide underneath. So when the first layer was finished, he started rebuilding the grid without tape and added new colours to different locations on the canvas. The differentiated pattern, including the black and white colours, forced him to keep changing the painting. It’s the obsessive perfectionist that wants to keep things under control, but the experimentation is a way of breaking through that cycle. At some point Roukens moved the pattern 1 cm lower to create a new ‘square on a square’ pattern. Painting #2 follows the same technique as #1, but the pattern was doubled in size to gradually overlay three sizes. Originally painting #1 and #1.5 were one painting, but were separated in the process. To extend his search in experimentation, Roukens started using oil paint in the final layers. By using the transparency of the oil he kept the layers underneath visible to break through the pattern again.