'Where the leopard got his spots (after Raoul Dufy for Bianchini-Férier)', detail, 2016, gouache on canvas, 270x210 cm
Born Heemskerk (NL), 1987
Koen Doodeman treats patterns as historically determined givens that evolve continuously, and as autonomous forms, removed from their context. He transports textile patterns, drawn from various sources, to the canvas plane. Here, Doodeman often combines several patterns and creates a new context within the changing medium. Here, he puts the pattern’s evolution on hold.
A pattern consists of a cell and its recurrence. It therefore has the potential of endless repetition. Because of repetition in the production process Doodeman can step away from the forms and study them while he is creating them. Moreover, this distance enables him to zoom in on detail and simultaneously use it as reference point for the bigger picture. (JS)