This painting depicts the artist's perception of a wooded location in New York City—discovered after walking for a very long time. The doorway structure of the composition evokes artifacts of experience—or a bodily portal for being in the world.
Framed: 25.8 x 17.2 x 1.5 in.

① Artwork:

Plein Air Doorway

This painting depicts the artist's perception of a wooded location in New York City—discovered after walking for a very long time. In this work, the artist was drawn to how his experience was tied to his bodily perspective. Certain details reflect this exploration, such as: the double vision of a branch in the foreground, the dark blue blur of an eyebrow and the curvature of the flesh of nose and cheeks. Each of these details echoes the structure of the surrounding landscape as the artist gazes toward the horizon.

Vandenhoeck continued working on this painting in the studio, where both the material of the paint and the artist's memory of the event congealed—sharpening the latent structure of the composition. The result is a unity of the internal and the external that becomes a sort-of doorway. Often implied in Vandenhoeck's work, this doorway structure is more overt in this work—evoking artifacts of experience or a bodily portal for being in the world.


16 inches
24.5 inches
with frame
17.25 inches
25.75 inches

③ Artist:

Dylan Vandenhoeck

Dylan Vandenhoeck’s paintings examine the bodily experience of perception through techniques of layering and optical distortions. The artist frequently paints en plein air, which means painting directly from life outside the studio; Vandenhoeck will then add additional details recalled from memory once he returns to his workspace. The resulting compositions are explorations of how seeing and experiencing necessarily require viewers to be embedded in their world.


Dylan Vandenhoeck was born in 1990. The artist received a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York City in 2012 and an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University in New York City in 2017. 

Solo exhibitions of Vandenhoeck’s work include: Reality Show at Matthew Brown in Los Angeles, California (2021); and What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes and Nod Yes? at Jack Barrett in New York City (2020). 

Group exhibitions that have shown Vandenhoeck’s work have taken place at: High Art in Paris, France; Downs & Ross in New York City; Office Baroque at Art Brussels in Belgium; The FLAG Art Foundation in New York City; and Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York City. 

Vandenhoeck was a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant and most recently was a fellow in Shandaken: Projects' “Paint School," a color discussion group. 

Vandenhoeck’s work is in the collection of the X Museum in Beijing, China. 

Vandenhoeck is represented by Jack Barrett in New York City, where the artist also lives and works.

Dylan Vandenhoeck:
Plein Air Doorway, 2019
Oil on linen, custom frame
24.5 × 16.0 inches /