Control – or the absence of it – is a recurring motif in the work of artist Rop van Mierlo. At Tweetakt he is presenting an animated project unlike anything you will have seen. In terms of technique, it is similar to the painted animals in his self-published book Wild Animals, but the visual result is a much more abstract moving image. For the project he has experimented with the extent to which the paint bleeds through the paper when a blank sheet is applied to wet paint. By repeating this process hundreds of times and creating paintings in three categories – still lifes, landscapes and portraits – he has made three videos which are now presented at Fort Ruigenhoek. The project also includes a making-of of all three of Van Mierlo’s works.
Scoop! The videos have always been shown without sound, but now for the first time, a layer of sound is added, made by Jameszoo. This brings the project that never felt like it was fully completed, to a real close.
Rop van Mierlo graduated cum laude from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2008. In 2011 he won the Dutch Design Award for his book Wild Animals. It is a book in which he tries not to capture the animals he paints. His books are sold around the world, from MoMa in New York to the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.