Painting You Got It from Stumbling

You Got It or You Don’t
Acrylic and oil on linen
130 x 180 cm
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Painting Clashed Between Right from Stumbling

Clashed Between Right and Wrong
Acrylic and oil on linen
130 x 180 cm
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Painting I Once Stumbled from Stumbling

I Once Stumbled In a Forest
Acrylic and oil on linen
65 x 90 cm
+ video 4:10 min
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Stumbling, 2020-…

In this new series of paintings Daan Roukens continues with his research into the in-between experience and how he can communicate this with the viewer. With Stumbling, he searches for the experience of that moment, where one is almost falling, but manages to stay upright. Straight and wavy lines alternate in the process, where white contrasts with color and loose lines counteract the straight. In this he investigates how his artistic actions influence the interpretation of the viewer. Both physically in the making, as the experience for the viewer in front of the artwork. The choices are definitive and visible between the lines in Clashed Between Right and Wrong or where breakthrough becomes part of the pattern in You Got It or You Don’t.

In addition, Roukens creates new process videos as part of the painting (see I Once Stumbled In a Forest) and makes use of frames that act as a window to that in-between experience. His work is a translation of his immediate environment, but also reflects on social issues. In this Corona crisis, in which humanity has never been more connected at an appropriate distance, the essence of his work comes to light even more. In which connection and contradiction are on edge and the tension between knowing and not knowing dominates.