Koen van den Broek


Painting, 210 x 140 cm.
Materials: oil on canvas

Collection: Courtesy Studio Koen van den Broek, Merksem.

A shadow throws itself theatrically across the canvas. This abstract, yet organic-looking work draws on a photograph of an agricultural machine. By selectively highlighting shapes and lines, there is a transformation that speaks to the imagination. Our minds model a monster with the few elements available. Koen van den Broek refers to Edward Scissorhands from the movie by Tim Burton, the unworldly figure who does not pose a real threat, but whose dark appearance frightens the viewer. Koen van den Broek made this work with the ballet production East in mind, as well as Fauré's Requiem. As a production image, this canvas was eventually replaced by the less abstract and highly symbolic Trona from 2006.

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