At Night You Dance
JUSTIN ORVIS STEIMER (USA, 1981)
TAMARA VAN SAN (BE, 1982)
ADELHEID DE WITTE (BE, 1982)
JUSTIN ORVIS STEIMER
Justin Orvis Steimer’s (USA, 1981) work has been developed as a series of responses to invisible sources that have been excluded from scientific versions of reality. With freehand lines and forms he transposes space, time, sound and presence to offer a channeled truth. He makes canvases from materials found in the places he renders, or given to him by the subjects of his portraits; the pre-existing color, texture and geometry affecting the finished result.
He often collaborates with practitioners from different fields such as musicians, astronomers, shamen, or other artists who contribute to determine the identity of each work.
Steimer earned his BFA in painting from the University of Colorado in 2004. He made his museum debut in 2016 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Steimer is a co-founder of the CTG Collective.
TAMARA VAN SAN
Making sculptures for inside and outside spaces and giant three-dimensional installations Tamara Van San (BE,1982) plays skillfully with strings, plastic, ceramic, metal and others materials letting colors and especially forms freedom to triumph. Circles and ovals in different sizes dominate in her works, whose great variety - from small ceramic sculptures to big, illuminated thin sculptures in public places - let even the most critical eye find its pleasure. "Allowing the works to resolve themselves through the process of their own making, and at all times keeping the tendency toward decentred chaos at bay, Van San arranges coloured forms in space that attain a harmonic, if temporary, order - an order that suppresses its constituent materiality's potential to upstage the whole. She achieves a formal sophistication in her work without recourse to dry or well rehearsed technique. Instead, by sailing close to the wind in her embrace of the language and material of the everyday, she is able to transform the familiar, revealing a space of visual delight and complexity that exists beneath the semiotically vociferous surface" (Dan Howard-Birt, October, 2011 ).
ADELHEID DE WITTE
Adelheid De Witte’s (BE, 1982) works can be seen as the continuation of the Belgian surrealistic tradition, but in a contemporary framework. The surroundings presented in her paintings can be read as visible ways through which mental constructions are represented. The reoccuring depictions of landscapes arise in a rather organic way combined with uncommon shapes and colours.
These two elements in Adelheid De Witte’s new oil paintings on linen are very much influenced by each other as she diffuses the clear distinction between both. What remains is a feeling which alternates between a cheerful and an obscure desire. Thus she plays with the paradox of illusion and reality and shows us new perspectives on reality.