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.
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.
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.More
- Framed: 25.8 x 17.2 x 1.5 in.