George Korsmit, Slab Deng (excerpt from nobody's out there, we're all in here)
In my work colour plays an independent game of immaterial occurrences. Colours are assembled and placed through a strict system of chance and choice, conceived to give them the freedom to stay in motion. The ultimate goal is, by using only colour, to make paintings which are humorous, irritating, impossible to catch at a glance, elusive and hard to remember. Leaving you feeling disorientated and confused. Hypnotized.
George Korsmit's paintings are inimitable accumulations of form and colour that allow neither the eye nor the brain a moment's rest. The works possess an idiosyncratic logic: they are the result of predetermined steps and procedures, using a system that gives the decisive role to chance. The artist determines the dimensions of the panels of colour by throwing dice, while the colours are chosen by means of a blind dip into a box containing about 1,600 different colour chips.
All the works in the "Looking Around for Side Streets" exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS are new. Alongside his paintings on canvas and a wall painting, Korsmit is for the first time presenting work in which he unleashes his aleatoric system into a three-dimensional world. It seems as if the resulting objects have escaped from the paintings: they have no discernible function and their manifestation is as clunky as it is complex; painted on one side only, they create the impression that they are yearning after their two-dimensional origins.
Korsmit's work invites the viewer to analyze, but the analysis leads nowhere. The paintings and objects are unpredictable, capricious and on occasion mesmerizing, like life itself.
George Korsmit follows on from Evi Vingerling in a series of three exhibitions of paintings, each artist leaving an example of his or her work on display during the next presentation. The third artist in the series is Mark Kent, who is presenting new paintings as well as 15 dresses, all unique, which are accompanied by a signed and numbered artist's book, published by mo-arteditions.