Wouter Paijmans Solo Show at De Pont


 De Pont


Wouter Paijmans (Loon op Zand, 1991) is exhibiting eighteen new paintings for the first time: one original and seventeen copies. A striking characteristic of these works is that the artist has used not paint, but solely textiles. With this series the artist introduces the notion of confection painting. The ‘original’ – a black hoodie with an orange lining, sewn as an appliqué to a background of floral patterns and stripes – has been disassembled after its manufacture in order to serve as a blueprint for the creation of imitations in white.


After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Paijmans completed a residency at De Ateliers last year. During this period he gave up painting in order to work with needle and thread. For the series being shown now, he spent ten hours a day and six days a week working in his own ‘sweatshop’ as his own customer, manager and only staff member. He asks himself: are you still in fact an artist when you reproduce your own work? And: what is actually the difference between the original and the imitation, between the unique and the mass-produced object?



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September 14, 2019 - November 24, 2019