EYES ON: Pieter Schoolwerth

  • Pieter Schoolwerth's (*1970) vivid multimedia paintings, collages and wooden reliefs create complex figurative scenes that analogize how technology, or other...

    Pieter Schoolwerth's (*1970) vivid multimedia paintings, collages and wooden reliefs create complex figurative scenes that analogize how technology, or other 'forces of abstraction', as he calls them, produce the world we live in. The artist works at the intersection between the real and virtual world to explore the fragmentation of the self, but through the traditional medium of painting.

  • Schoolwerth’s multi-layered collages, on view in our current exhibition omelette papier, present an analog representation of his complex painterly process....

    Schoolwerth’s multi-layered collages, on view in our current exhibition omelette papier, present an analog representation of his complex painterly process. Incorporating imagery from photographs, sketches and art historical iconography, elements are manually arranged to produce a composite which reminds of the digitally created models of his multimedia paintings.

     

     

     

    Pieter Schoolwerth

    Break Up #00, 2016
    Mixed media and collage
    Signed and dated recto
    Paper dimensions: 
    61 x 45.7 cm / 24 x 18 inches
    Framed dimensions: 
    65.7 x 50.4 x 3.5 cm / 26 x 19.8 x 1.4 inches
    $ 7,000.00 + VAT
  • The artist's elaborate production process combines sculpture, photography and painting and moves between digital and handmade modes. Photographs of live models and objects form the compositional base of his work. From these photographs, the artist creates hand-cut three-dimensional foam-core models, only for these assembled scenes to be photographed again and digitally manipulated and edited. This image is printed onto canvas and finally painted over with oil pigments, adding details and texture. The end product is a dazzling, multidimensional scene, at once playful but also profoundly disorienting and illusory. Schoolwerth uses the term ‘reverse cubism’ to describe his work: a way of representing multiple objects from a single point in time, and again an analogy for the simultaneity and fast-paced movement of the digital age.

  • Pieter Schoolwerth Shifted Sims #21 (Dissociative Identity Disorder Custom Trait), 2020 Oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas Signed and dated...

    Pieter Schoolwerth

    Shifted Sims #21 (Dissociative Identity Disorder Custom Trait), 2020
    Oil, acrylic and inkjet on canvas
    Signed and dated verso
    137 x 197 cm
    54 x 77.5 inches
  • Pieter Schoolwerth Forensic Amplification, 2019 Oil, acrylic, and giclée print on canvas Signed and dated verso 108 x 92 cm...

    Pieter Schoolwerth

    Forensic Amplification, 2019
    Oil, acrylic, and giclée print on canvas
    Signed and dated verso
    108 x 92 cm
    42.5 x 36.2 inches
  • In 2021 the Kunstverein Hannover dedicated a solo survey exhibition to Schoolwerth. Additionally, he has shown at many other institutions, among others at FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art, both in New York, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach and Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work can also be found in the public collections of the Denver Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Phoenix Art Museum.

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