At the now reborn Art Amsterdam fair ten years ago my neighbor was the charming and passionate, now retired gallerist Fred Wetering presenting a solo booth of Reinoud’s sculptures. I think I spent more time on Fred’s booth than on mine in the end buying a sculpture that is still far too big to hang. The attraction to Reinoud’s sculptures was immediate as they occupy a space that goes beyond the object character of classical sculpture while using traditional materials, craftsmanship and minimal language. What makes the sculptures so unique is that they only fully unfold once they explore and stimulate another space that goes far beyond the room they inhabit: our imagination.
Iron, frosted glass and wood are the tangible elements in Reinoud Oudshoorn’s sculptures. There is however another important component to accomplish the sculptures, which is space. Space that is generated once an idea becomes the concrete reality of a three-dimensional sculpture but also spaces that lie in between the shapes and materials visible; areas that cannot be captured or confined and which remain hidden at first glance. Usually attached to a wall, arranged in a corner or even leaning, the works open up to endless spatial perspectives once the spectator begins to assess them from different angles.
Originally trained as a painter, Oudshoorn was dissatisfied with the two-dimensional limitations of the medium and ventured into the third dimension. He manufactures every sculpture himself and designs them with the same vanishing point, always suggesting endlessness in the space that surrounds us. The materials Oudshoorn uses emphasize his illusory language. Besides his well-known wall objects in iron and frosted glass consisting of shapes such as rectangles, circles and squares, he also experiments with spatial installations and wooden objects. All materials accentuate and play with the physical aspect of the space they occupy. Yet despite being solid, sometimes heavy objects, the works often seem rather fragile and almost floating.
Oudshoorn’s inspiration for his sculptures originates from impressions of the world the artist experiences. This can be imagery of organic creatures or formations drawn from nature as well as architectural forms or details. An important phenomenon is the mist and its muffled views and sounds characteristic for his homeland. Abstracted into surfaces and structures, they are transformed into new objects that reveal contemplative and even mystical qualities.
Reinoud Oudshoorn has held numerous solo and group exhibitions and his works entered important international collections. Recently two large-scale sculptures were acquired from the renowned Sammlung Schroth for concrete art in Germany.
Exhibitions at the gallery:
Recent Sculptures, 2017 (solo show)
New works, 2017 (solo show)
Recent sculptures, 2013 (solo show)