At OODE we present an orphaned collection by Dutch photographer Cor van Weele (1918-1989).
Van Weele worked during the war several years for photographers Nell Herbert (Haarlem), Godfried de Groot (Amsterdam) and Willy Schurman (The Hague). During the war he ended up in camp Muehlberg/Elbe and illegally photographed the hardships of his fellow sufferers. He settled in Amsterdam after the war and developed into an excellent portrait photographer until the mid-1950s. Many of his glass negatives from this period have survived. Gradually he shifted his field of activity to commissioned and documentary photography. He was an inspired teacher at the Film Academy (1960s) and the Rietveld Academy (1970s). The works of OODE show a variety of graphic works, portraits, landscapes and sceneries. All with quite harsh contrasts and showing different aspects of moments in life he encountered.
Fred Gubbels (1941-2014) lived in weert , he was a graphic artist, painter and draftsman. He studied graphic school and self-taught in Eindhoven. His art is mixed media artworks from about 1985. Often made with cardboard boxes – cut, glued and painted.
His most famous works are from the period in which the horizon is outlined low with an all-dominating sky above. Landscape is by far his most loved genre. Less well known are the more abstract works with an emphatic use of color
Anne Rose Regenboog lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands. She studied Applied and Fine Arts at Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Actively exhibiting her artwork since 1991 in Europe, USA and Japan where it can be found in many private collections.
Sources of inspiration are the classic elementary forms with a focus on experiments and conceptual thinking within a given context.
Her work is autonomous. She presents her ideas in metal objects and paintings.
It’s a minimalistic art piece with a combination of straight lines and a circles, which has several ways to hang up the piece. By walking around it, you see the different angles.
In 1992 Esther Stasse graduates from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Her work seems firmly rooted in the Dutch geometrical tradition, based on a few elementary forms: the cylinder, the oval, the rectangular and rectangular beams. Moreover, there are no bold colours and no decoration to distract from the basic geometry.
Stasse’s work is essentially formal. Trained as a ceramicist, her teachers were Jan van der Vaart and Geert Lap, function is not her first goal. Most of her objects can be used as vases, but form and composition are her main interest. Stasse chooses to limit expression to a minimum. In 2010 she resolutely limited herself exclusively to the rectangular block, wondering how to make a rectangle interesting.
After pouring a block (mould casting) she starts to build transforming it into an interesting architectural vase, a piece of modernistic micro-architecture. Stasse plays with rhythm and movement by elongating tubes in pairs or by repeating the same form twice or more, searching for the perfect composition, this results in serene and monumental objects.
Shifting colour through movement.
Reflective, coloured, rippled glass panels reflect light in spaces. The piece disperses light through it’s rippled surface creating transitions of colour from various view points.
The architecture of light and color.
Brightly colored gems, capturing the colors of sunshine. Their shapes reduced to rudimental forms of kubes, pyramids or multi-faceted diamonds. Colors stacked, placed next to each-other like a pointillist painting. The work of Coen Kaayk (1947-2014) is an ode to color. Playful, colorful and bursting with joy.
Kaayk dedicated his career to investigate the optical relationship between shape, color and light. In a span of 40 years Kaayk created an impressive oeuvre of hundreds of autonomous sculptures, ranging from tiny table objects to room filling landscapes. Every piece, no matter the scale, is treated with the same intense urge to investigate the optical relations between shape, color and light. His work can be seen as a constant search to master the translucent material and and continuous quest to refine the relationship between material, shape, color and light.
Kaayks Magnus opus is De bouwplaats (2014) an impressive room filling installations of acrylic objects. He created an urban landscape, reminiscent of modernist architecture. He used industrially produced acrylic resin to create an imaginative city of light and color. The city of Tiel has bought the work and installed it in one of its cultural centres.
Gallery OODE honoured to present a curated selection of 10 small objects by this interesting artist. Every piece is unique in shape, color and composition. They make are a great addition to any interior and art collection.
Inspired by the minimalistic principles including reuse, organisation and reduction, the work of Britte Koolen embraces our universal desire to create order out of chaos.
Precision is key. Precision can sometimes be arrived intuitively: imperfections that show up while working can be deleted. But likewise exaggerated to become formal elements in their own right.
The objects are best discovered not by analytical contemplation, but by walking around them, seeing them from all angles and experiencing them as they are and as you are in space.