Primeval forest Bialowieza (summer 2013)

Work On Paper

Pencil on paper

27.36 x 36.85 x 6.10 in

69.5 x 93.6 x 15.5 cm

Unique Work

Signature label on verso

$15,000 - $20,000

About The Work

This work was included in Il Palazzo Enciclopedico, 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice, Italy curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. The tree drawings are a project Van Caeckenbergh began in 2007 after being inspired by the trees in Belgium, particularly those in his own backyard. The artist does not draw specific trees; rather he sees his drawings as architectural and/or physical structures and creates each image by taking formal and textural elements from many trees and combining them into one form. His process of creating these drawings is meditative and free form.  He describes the process as “dancing on paper" and thinks of them in relation to abstract expressionism. 

He has built up these drawings over a course of seven years, often coming back and reworking different portions of the drawings.  The drawings have seams in some places--this is because the artist may lay a new piece of paper over a section so he can keep expanding on it. He does not erase his marks. Van Caeckenbergh also views the tree as a type of metaphor for his overall practice, for example, the branching off of different projects and ideas from one central source.

Courtesy of Lehmann Maupin

About Patrick Van Caeckenbergh

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