Daan den Houter
October 2 – November 30, 2017
Daan den Houter is a multidisciplinary artist who works and lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Bringing contradictory subjects together, den Houter creates pieces that are in conflict with themselves. They trigger the discussion about their own value and the viewer’s opinion. His work varies in a wide range of concepts and styles exploring new perspectives on the matter of art and the value it can have.
Through his paintings he researches the boundaries of painting. His endless painting aims for eternity but dooms to fail. The Ice Paintings are in constant transformation unable to hold still, like the sky changes during the sunset. Untitled #3 explores the boundaries between a painting and sculpture and the Klatsj painting is a joyful image of a canvas thrown at the wall. Canvas-Repaint is a painting that’s been painted 123 times since 2002. Every painting is painted by another artist, only to be shown for 1 week. It misses the essence of a painting; ‘A frozen moment in time to which one always can return’.
Canvas-Repaint was nominated for the Royal Award for Painting (2012) and shown at museum Boijmans van Beuningen in a solo presentation to celebrate the 100th layer (2014). Den Houter’s works are in the collection of the Dutch Embassy Berlin, Museum Ferropolis, British Museum, Jeremy Cooper mail art-collection, Benny Sings art-collection, collection Jaap Sleper and Carla and Hugo Brown. They have also been shown at various museums and galleries including; Kunsthal (NL), GEM the Hague (NL), museum Boijmans van Beuningen (NL), Art Festival Watou (BE), Galerie Frank Taal (NL), Roberts & Tilton (USA) and Atkinson Argallery (GB).