Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 1

If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird #1
2016
Acrylic on linen
63 x 80 cm

Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 1.5

#1.5
2016
Acrylic and oil on linen
80 x 28 cm

Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 2

#2
2016
Acrylic and oil on linen
80 x 100 cm

Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 3

#3
2016
Acrylic and oil on linen
100 x 120 cm

If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird

If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird consists out of four paintings in which I further explored the limits of my obsessive perfectionism. In each of these paintings I deliberately used tape in the first layer, because of the risk that paint would slide underneath. So when the first layer was finished, I started rebuilding the grid without tape and added new colours to different locations on the canvas. The differentiated pattern, including the black and white colours, forced me to keep on changing the painting. It’s the obsessive perfectionist in me that wants to keep things under control, but the experimentation is a way of breaking through that cycle. At some point I started to move the pattern 1 cm lower to create a new ‘square on a square’ pattern. Painting #2 follows the same technique as the first painting, but the pattern is double the size and in the process I added another layer of squares to gradually overlay three sizes. Originally painting #1 and #1.5 were one painting. I separated them after an experiment with one part white and one part black. To extend my search in experimentation, I added oil paint instead of acrylic in the final layers of painting #1.5, #2 and #3. I used the transparency of the oil to keep the layers underneath visible to break through that pattern again and to free myself from that obsessive perfectionism.

  • Installation Glenfiddich 2
  • Installation Glenfiddich 3
  • Painting If You Can’t Be Good Be Weird 1
Glenfiddich: Experimental Series

2016
Wallpaper and textile
350 x 350 x 250 cm

Commissioned

For the introduction of Glenfiddich’s newest Whisky flavours in Amsterdam, I was commissioned to create an experience during a tasting session. In an enclosed space covered by painting ‘If You Can’t Be Good, Be Weird #1‘, guests could taste the ‘Experimental Series’. My work evolves around the interaction between contradictions. This not only occurs between contrasting colours, or breaking free from patterns, but also on a conceptual level. Both new flavours were created by bending the rules of traditional Whisky making. I therefore used the painting as an object and with a digitised canvas of the painting I covered the try-out room from top to bottom, including a t-shirt for the guests to wear. With the transformation into wallpaper and textile, I took the viewer literarily into the experience of my abstract-self portraits.