Kim Norren van

 

Paintings and works on paper
16-12-2016 - 14-01-2017
Opening: 16-12-2016 from 17:30 - 20:00
Rotterdam, both rooms

Music was my first love,

and it will be my last.

Music of the future

And music of the past.

 

(‘Music’, John Miles,)

 

When I am working on a painting, as I was, for instance, on the work “We can be heroes, just for one day”, David Bowies music filled my studio, out loud and intense. It was a tour de force creating and finishing this painting in just one day, in one motion. The music drove me, gave me a superfluous amount of energy. I played “Blackstar”, his last album, all the way. It was a shock that he died, seemingly sudden; therefore I needed my work to process this.

 

Looking at this painting now, I see reflected in it my strength, and a great dynamic gesture. Throughout the act of painting, I experience an entire range of emotions. As these emotions occur, they are the unfiltered versions of themselves. I let them influence me to a level where I control how they emerge and how I had better suppress them. Constructing a painting is not just an emotional or rational occasion; it is also a very technical event. In a certain state of mind, where ratio and emotions are in a fragile equilibrium, it is a very precarious position in which I can hold myself just enough to complete the work.

 

Once chosen, I apply the texts in a work that stands alone, or when the texts require a more spacious approach, I work on a series of paintings. It might appear to be a mere rational method, whereas most of the times the reason to start working on a painting, is emotionally charged. Subsequently I made works triggered by the deaths of Amy Winehouse, Joost Zwagerman, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen.

 

Music has the power to freeze me exactly where I am at, literally and figuratively.  These are moments I want to document. In my studio, I find myself standing before my canvas, of a finished painting. I might stand there just for a brief moment, or for a longer period of time in which I linger and think it over. In this gap of time, there is nothing that demands my attention. All I have to do is let my painting carry me, accompanied by the music or song that filled my head whilst working on it.

 

In search of an even more direct way of transmitting what I wanted to state with my work, I took up digital drawing. I started out with a tablet and a pen; the pen reacted to the bare minimum of pressure, and was therefore a wonderful tool for me that allowed me to work on this tablet as I do on my canvas. It made it possible for me to focus on composing, color and conveying meaning as I imagined suitable for the text I used. All I had to do was turn on the music and be care-free regarding the drawing, not even focusing on results rather than just creating room for thought or contemplation.

 

To my joy, this way of working generated images that were bright, colourful, and almost seemingly casual in their processing. One could imagine or desire a more traditional way of producing images. What makes me curious regarding this notion is the presumption whether the more traditional production of images can merge with these new available techniques. When all is said and done, it must always come down to the quality of the image, prior to its formation. The paintings and drawings that will be shown during the exhibition: “Music was my first love”, all find their origin in music. Without music… I can not imagine how this diversity and richness ever could had come into existence.

 

KvN

 

“To live without my music

would be impossible to do.

In this world of troubles,

My music pulls me through”

 

(‘Music’  John Miles,)

 

Look up here, I'm in heaven (text: David Bowie)
2016
acrylic/canvas
145 cm x 270 cm (diptych)
available
I will be free (text: David Bowie)
2016
acrylic / canvas
50 cm x 60 cm
available
God is a dj (text: Faithless)
2016
acrylic / canvas
60 cm x 50 cm
available
We can be heroes, just for one day (text: David Bowie)
2016
acrylic / canvas
142 cm x 338 cm
available
This way or no way (text: David Bowie)
2016
acryliccanvas
70 cm x 100 cm
available
I’m not alone, I’ll never be (text: The National)
2016
acrylic / canvas
100 cm x 60 cm
available
Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (text: Otis Redding)
2016
pastel/paper
50 cm x 65 cm
available
Blue Moon (text: Elvis Presley)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
I am feeling good (text: Nina Simone)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
What happens in your dreams (text: KvN)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
Ik heb je lief (text: Liesbeth List & Ramses Shaffy)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
Zing-Vecht-Huil-Bid-Werk (text: Ramses Shaffy)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
Oh my heart (text: R.E.M.)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
So fast, so numb (text: R.E.M.)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
Everybody hurts (text: R.E.M.)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
I’m not alone (text: The National)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
48 cm x 33 cm (paper size)
available
Hold me close (text: KvN)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
33 cm x 48 cm (paper size)
available
Oh my heart (text: R.E.M.)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
33 cm x 48 cm (paper size)
available
It is cold in heaven (text: R.E.M.)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
33 cm x 48 cm (paper size)
available
Going home without my sorrow (text: Leonard Cohen)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
33 cm x 48 cm (paper size)
available
No Fear (text: KvN)
2016
Fine art inkjet print/Hahnemühle
33 cm x 48 cm (paper size)
available