A new series by Rutger de Vries
Mini Galerie is proud to present Asterisk*, a new series by Rutger de Vries.
Derived from the Greek word for star (astro), an asterisk is a grammatical tool used in text to indicate a footnote. The works are therefore both a visual representation of an asterisk’s form and a reference to De Vries’ experimental process as a whole. Comparing his studio to a laboratory, the Dutch artist constructs DIY-contraptions to create dynamic works of chromatic intensity. From using fire extinguishers to spray-cans, De Vries is an artistic engineer working with a meticulous trial and error attitude when it comes to creating. This series sees De Vries using the same process-heavy methodology but on a much smaller scale.
The series is divided into three sets of five canvas paintings (53 x 53 cm), Monochrome (one colour), Tritone (three colours), and Quintone (five colours), mimicking and then extending the same colour manipulation effect offered in Photoshop. As with the rest of his work, the series contemplates the question of auteurship, is this the work of artist or machine?