Don’t Do Too Much is Rafaël Rozendaal’s fourth solo exhibition with Postmasters Gallery, and will run from January 12th until February 23rd. Roozendaal’s most recent series of works are shadow objects of deceptive simplicity that fluctuate between an image and an object, a drawing and a sculpture. In what can be considered the shortest path from digital to physical, Rozendaal creates shapes which are coded to be cut by computer out of rectangular plates of white steel.
Rafaël Rozendaal, “Shadow Object 18 09 09” (2018)
To Joseph Kosuth’s One and Three Chairs (1965) canonical trinity of language, picture, and referent, Rozendaal proposes a fourth element of meaning: the virtual. These are man-conceived, machine-made objects, where a line of code cuts a line in metal, becoming a line frozen in the material world, but also a void. This void, the negative of the shape, is activated by light; the shadow cast on the wall defines the image of an object that is not there.
Rozendaal’s new works mirror the digital realm, where drop-shadows lend the illusion of presence and form to immaterial, virtual objects. And where graphics software facilitates instant inversion, toggling between mask and background, object and absence. These contemplative voids and the shadow objects they create counter the cacophony and information overload of online life.
Installation Shot Rafaël Rozendaal @ Postmasters Gallery
About Rafaël Rozendaal
Rafaël Rozendaal (b. 1980, Netherlands) is Dutch-Brazilian artist who uses the internet as his canvas and as his studio. His websites attract 40 million visits per year. His practice also consists of installations, lenticular paintings, tapestries, drawings, writings, lectures, and a podcast. He is the creator of BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an open source DIY curatorial format. Most recently (2018) Generosity, Rozendaal’s solo exhibition, took place at Towada Art Museum in Japan. His work is currently included in Programmed at the Whitney Museum of American Art and in a show of recent acquisitions at the Stedelijk Museum on Amsterdam. Rafaël Rozendaal’s first major monograph Everything, Always, Everywhere was published in 2017 by Valiz, Amsterdam.