Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 1

If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird #1
Acrylic on linen
63 x 80 cm

Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 1.5

Acrylic and oil on linen
80 x 28 cm
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Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 2

Acrylic and oil on linen
80 x 100 cm

Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 3

Acrylic and oil on linen
100 x 120 cm

If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird, 2016

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.

  • Installation Glenfiddich
  • Installation Glenfiddich 2
  • Installation Glenfiddich 3
  • Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 1
Glenfiddich: Experimental Series

Wallpaper and textile
3,5 x 3,5 x 2,5 m


For the introduction of Glenfiddich’s newest Whisky flavours in Amsterdam, Daan Roukens was commissioned to create an experience during a tasting session. In an enclosed space covered by painting If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird #1, guests could taste the Experimental Series. Roukens work evolves around the interaction between contradictions. This not only occurs between contrasting colours, or breaking free from patterns, but also on a conceptual level. Both new flavours were created by bending the rules of traditional Whisky making. He therefore used the painting as an object and with a digitised canvas of the painting he covered the try-out room from top to bottom, including a t-shirt for the guests to wear. With the transformation into wallpaper and textile, artist Daan Roukens took the viewer literarily into the experience of his abstract-self portraits.