Koen van den Broek: Stuff
Wouter Davidts, Frank Albers
MER.Borgerhoff & Lamberigts, 2019
The work of Belgian artist Koen van den Broek (° 1973) is characterized thematically in the first instance by the way in which the urban (mainly American and Asian) landscape is treated.
Van den Broek is mainly interested in the image and the structure of the image itself and is less concerned with the painterly touches or the transfer of a message. For his compositions, the painter starts from photographic images, which has consequences for the composition. Because of his framing, he always seems to omit the most important thing. As a result, his paintings often show unimportant details or objects such as garages, shadows or cracks in the road surface. Van den Broek often uses saturated colors. In his work space is created by the boundaries, and light is evoked by shadow, without halftones. This often gives his work a graphic character, with a pure colorite.
STUFF offers an overview of ten years of public art projects and contains an in-depth interview by Prof. Wouter Davidts about what this practice means for Van den Broek. For this publication, the artist made new sketches on tracing paper that provide insight into his working process and interaction with his paintings. The book is richly illustrated and contains never before published images of designs, models, work in progress and temporary, executed and non-executed artworks.