Rob Bouwman is a painter in the field of contemporary abstraction. In some of his works he deliberately takes a distance to his position as a painter by experimenting with different media. The crossing of traditional artistic borders of form and medium has become a theme in itself in his work. He used to make enigmatic black and white abstract paintings with curling tubes that reminded of a strange universe. Later on he had been interpreting these paintings by metaphorically exploring them from the inside with a camera, or taking distance by installing them as miniatures in strange cabinets. Whereas in his recent paintings, the control of the medium and the one stroke gesture is always in the centre of attention, in his older works he made use of compositions and irregularities to evoke a painterly world. By balancing on a twirling-point between visible reality, process, pure abstraction and between picture and image, a duality arises in his works. Which is according to Rob Bouwman the essence of his artistic practice. That duality seems to multiply in his more three-dimensional works. His objects with much smaller sized paintings, evoke associations with a white cube, a studio ore other art related spaces. While they feel monumental or sometimes even museum-like, they are at the same time spatial objects in the shape of manageable, simple constructions.
2017 Generatieportretten Schilderkunst deel 3 - Museum Waterland, Purmerend