In his first solo exhibition with the gallery, Rob de Oude – an artist known for ‘making straight lines bend’ – will be exhibiting a series of recent paintings that are at once delightful yet minimal, meditative yet surprisingly dynamic. De Oude’s paintings are fastidiously composed of the most basic visual element: the line. In fact, the artist has devised handmade rigs that allow him to precisely measure and systematically paint row upon row of lines. Meticulously placed, repeated, and densely layered, the lines form bands and infinite grid possibilities. The title of the exhibition refers to the process and the physical aspect of tilting and rotating the painting each time a layer is added. By shifting angles and adding layers of color, geometric shapes and rhythmic patterns are revealed. The overlapping grids of color, the collision of angled lines, and the crisscrossing patterns produce changing optical effects, including moiré patterns, where the grids begin to warp and bow and the lines appear deceptively bent. The square gridded fields, seductive in their appeal and simplicity, become charged and dynamic – the shifting optics unleash an underlying energy.
About Rob de Oude
Rob de Oude studied painting, sculpture and art history at the Hoge School voor de Kunsten in Amsterdam and SUNY Purchase, NY. He has shown in the US and abroad, notably at: Galerie Gourvennec Ogor in Marseille, France, Storefront Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, McKenzie Fine Art in New York, NY, BRIC Rotunda in Brooklyn, NY, Galerie van den Berge in Goes, NL, City Ice Arts in Kansas City, MO, and has participated in art fairs in the US and Europe. De Oude has been featured a.o. in the NY Post, L Magazine, Artnet Magazine, NYArts Magazine, The New Criterion, Bushwick Daily and ARTNews. He has his studio in Brooklyn, NY, and is co-director of Transmitter, also in Brooklyn, NY.