Cheap imitations 5
Oil, waste of atelier on newspaper, framed
40 × 57.2 cm
Unique work, signed by the artist
about this work
Matthieu Ronsse has made several publications taking the form of a newspaper, juxtaposing photographs from his studio and painterly practice with details from his paintings. This unique work on paper is painted on a spread taken from one of these newspaper publications. The series Cheap Imitations is the result of an artist who is cleaning up his studio, but is procrastinating and continuously picks up paper laying to start small works on paper with the paint that remains on his palette. The images he creates originate from multiplicity of sources, from both high and low culture. Ronsse refers frequently to art history, but just as easy to nudes from a cheap seventies magazine.
about Matthieu Ronsse
The paintings and installations of Matthieu Ronsse are fragments of a painterly discourse where experiment and the joy of creating are central. As long as the artwork is in Ronsse’s hands, it remains subject to an ongoing creative process and is thus never perceived as ‘finished’. Even during his exhibitions, transformations are continuously possible. For Ronsse, it is not the final image that is the focal point, but rather the essence of his work lies in the creative process along the way. The painting is simultaneously his palette: it self-reflexively contains the traces of its own production while showing the chance occurrences Ronsse encourages to evince vigorous energy with his creative process. Fragments of work by old masters, depictions of the private sphere of the artist, and architecture and photography books are his recurring subjects. Together they form the fundamental ideas of his painterly imagination in which an accumulation of images and materials create these surprising possibilities and new avenues of exploration. Experiencing Ronsse’s work is beyond looking at an image: it is about the complete immersion in the creative process of the artist.
(courtesy of Tanguy Eeckhout)