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Pulp Vision Reflections Ron Weijers – works on paper 70x55 mixed media 2013 – a series of 24 works
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The ‘Pulp Vision’ reflections series, by the Dutch multi-disciplinary artist Ron Weijers reflects and revives debate and dialogue on the aspect of self-reflection in relation to the financial crisis as it currently occurs worldwide. Weijers questions multiple sides of the current crisis. The loosely narrative images offer no conclusions as to which parties actually are the defenders or those being defended, which are batting down and which are unleashed to stealthily fight on the side of truth. However, the reality of a larger cause is essential to this work which asks the public to question the sources, content, and fallout of the barrage of mediated information, and in turn to collectively rise above the desire for immediate satisfaction of individual needs for the good of the collective. Ultimately, the work poses the challenge - the viewer can choose whether they will collaborate.
All works within the ‘Pulp Vision’ reflections series have been developed on paper and Weijers uses collage material like US currency, Greek bonds and insurance papers, Greek accountants books and Pin-Up illustrations and erotic photography as the prime layer creating an unique and focused multilayered collage. The individual series of works of this project could indicate aspects of self-reflection if one would want. By painting over the collage partly with lucent acrylic white Weijers emphasizes the suggestive character of this underlayer but simultaneously unveils an abstract impression. Weijers explores the ideas of transformation and contradiction. The process of making the work is fundamental to developing a visual language through which he can communicate the feeling of experience to the viewer. His works define and redefine the meanings of process and transformation. Bringing elements of chaos and dissonance into a state of harmony, each work matures into a fully realized presence.
During the process of making the paintings, Weijers re-constructs and re-activates his materials and likens his work to that of building a relationship: a series of attempts at intimacy with the work, of fallen expectations, of failures and finally, of surrender. It is in the suspended spaces between the swaying of depicted figuration and abstraction, that his worlds take shape. His painting acts as a rhythm of color, of possibility, of realization and as a sorting structure through which the artist makes harmonies within the chaos around him. Weijers translates his creativity and visions into multi-layered paintings that reflect a characteristic abstract language of signs and shapes. Within his paintings he reveals a deeper meaning and reflects his view on contemporary issues. By reaching a state of liberation from existing patterns, the interplay of lines is dominated by the metamorphosis which conceals the evaluation of his work from the source. The spectator's fantasy is stimulated by the intuitive and specific combination of color, material and shape, thus seducing the spectator towards an alternative view on this world.
Weijers is one of those artists constantly questioning the techniques they use, their meanings, their goals, all the while perfectly aware they shall never be any definite answer and that their work is meant to remain empirical. He’s not an abstract painter using figuration but a figurative painter who is producing abstraction. His relation with the canvas is very physical in order to extract something else than one could expect for this medium. Weijers mainly paints on wooden panels and his work could be described as multi-layered mix media (collage, acrylic, oil pastel, graphite, objects). His high levels of productivity continiously generate a further developing flow of work. His paintings are on exhibit in galleries and art events in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.