‘Can you trust your senses?’ ‘Can you believe your eyes?’ The paintings are much about the physical experience of seeing. They are about the impact images have on us, not at least the images we see online.
Robert Roest's practice of painting is visually rooted in both the contemporary world of new media and the history of painting. His work is structured in series of 5-10 paintings. By approaching the work via a serial method he is able to explore the possibilities of his themes from different angles, deploy multiple styles, and keep his work open and not be pinned down on a particular idea or perspective. This structured method is not about artistic freedom, it has everything to do with conceptualizing ideas, thoughts and themes that Roest wants to address in his work.
In his work Roest explores phenomenon like perception, projection, illusion and representation. It is about the interrelationship between reality and your senses. Briefly, all his work revolves around the questions ‘can you trust your senses?’ ‘Can you believe your eyes?’ The paintings are much about the physical experience of seeing. They are about the impact images have on us, not at least the images we see online. Even deeper they are about the impact our eyes have on images, since an image doesn’t fundamentally change over time, but our ways of seeing, and our views, does.
b. 1992, Leerbroek, NL
Lives and works in New Jersey, NJ
2013 – BFA in Art, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht
2020 – Meatware Ecosystem II, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL
2019 – Images for Deep Relaxation and Physiological Hygiene, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL
2019 – I wanna leave the snake skin, Herman van Veen Art Center, Soest, NL
2017 - Meatware Ecosystem, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL
2016 – Exorcise from a safe distance, Cinnnamon, Rotterdam, NL
Selected Group Exhibitions
2022 – Message from the Underground, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, US
2022 – Direct Message, TW Fine Art, New York, US
2021 – The Interior, Venus over Manhattan, New York, US
2021 – The Modern Dog Painter II, New Galerie, Paris, FR
2021 – Richard Waar?, Pictura, Dordrecht, NL
2021 – When shit hits the fan again, Guts Gallery, London, UK
2021 – A New Art World, Guts Gallery, London, UK
2021 – Cave Canem, Eve Leibe Gallery, London, UK
2021 – The Modern Dog Painter, Karl Marx Studio Space, Paris, FR
2020 – Let me tell you a story, LIS10 Gallery, Milan, IT
2019 – Ballroom Project, Cinnnamon, Antwerp, BE
2019 – TWENTYFORSEVEN, academiegalerie, Utrecht, NL
2018 – Sky is one, ground is zero, Allard Wildenberg Art Projects, Naarden, NL
2018 – Soft?, Gallery Sophie van de Velde, Antwerp, BE
2018 – Screw Your Courage To The Sticking Place, Showhouse JayJay, Antwerp, BE
2017 – Young Utrecht Delight, Galerie SANAA, Utrecht, NL
2015 – Driemensionaal, Galerie Kunstliefde, Utrecht, NL
2014 – Licht, Zomerexpo, Gemeente Museum Den Hague, NL
2013 – Promise Promise, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam, NL
2013 – Exposure, HKU Academy, Utrecht, NL
2021 – Cinnnamon, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
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WHEN SHIT HITS THE FAN AGAINFOR ARTISTS BY ARTISTS, 1 NIGHT ONLY. 4 Feb - 4 Mar 2021Through the invitation extended to established artists into the exhibition. We are hoping to reinstate a balance of power. Allowing established artists to shoulder emerging artists. 50% of sales of works sold by an established artist, will be distributed entirely to all the emerging artists involved. This redistribution of wealth offers a new outlook and model that is fundamentally for artists, by artists, creating an alternative system of support.