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College / University
The Royal danish Academy of fine Arts
Program / Degree
painting and printmaking
April 1, 1977
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Painting, Printmaking
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About my artwork
Spaces of Uncertainty or Terrain-Vague

The concept of ”Spaces of Uncertainty” stands for an unbuilt area on the outskirts of a town – a field or a space, which is neither town nor nature, often with debris, forgotten fragments and surplus products – an area in which the value of the phenomena and objects you meet has not been decided in advance, and which is therefore liberated in the hierarchy of value. But it is also an area in which possible interpretations are always latent and freshly born. It leaves an open space for the imagination and thus holds a puzzling attraction on anyone who ventures into that area.
I see my picture surface or field as a kind of “Space of Uncertainty”, an open space, the value of which starts from zero, where all possibilities are open and where an accumulation of meaning is gradually taking place through the structures, rooms, figurative elements etc. that ´happen´ in the creative process, bit by bit.

Some thoughts about my works.
Over the recent years I have become increasingly preoccupied with architecture both as a visual sign, or an icon of human culture, and also as the marks we most significantly impress upon our world.
In ancient times we built temples and sacred places as bastions against chaos and nature’s immense complexity, which might constitute a threat to our self-understanding and well ordered perception of the world. Even the dead had to be protected from nature’s disorder in a necropolis or in burial mounds.

I have always been fascinated by aerial views and archaeological drawings, which show fragments of cities, burial places and other architectonic installations, which seem to have forced their way into nature, and which graphically represent order and constructively as a foundation for human culture. An image of the drama between order and chaos.

I use architecture and fragments from it in my paintings, and I let these motives enter into a new order in my compositions. I order to further increase the contrasts between the constructive elements and the spontaneous or intuitive process of creation, I use a
combination of applied leaf metals in different states of oxidations/decomposition (silver, copper, etc.) and oil/tempera colour techniques.

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At 23:15 on December 4, 2009, Roy Evans Miranda said…
Brilliant painting style !!!
At 17:31 on September 9, 2008, Caroline Krieger Comings said…
Your work is fabulous, your comments eloquent and informed. I thank you for a wonderful and memorable visual experience.
At 8:23 on August 25, 2008, Thomas Francis said…
Interesting stuff, quite humbling and warm
At 8:24 on August 24, 2008, ODA said…
I like very much your artwork
At 4:55 on August 23, 2008, Diana sellers said…
I like the recurring circles in your work...circles are magical, they express the neverending cycles of life, and also the unbreakable chain of emotions we experience ...
At 11:50 on August 20, 2008, artreview.com said…
Hi Rene.

Welcome to artreview.com.

Thank you for adding some of your work, we look forward to seeing more.

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At 3:43 on August 19, 2008, Michael Bowdidge said…
Enjoying your work Rene - looking forward to seeing more of it...
At 23:42 on August 18, 2008, Robert Wright said…
Hello Rene,

I like the concepts you use as a basis for your paintings and think I know what you mean by "Spaces of Uncertainty" In the UK our heavy industries, shipbuilding, coal mining, steel production and the like, have disappeared. The sites where these process were are now just derelict buildings or cleared sites, which in the UK are referred to as a "brown field" sites. Human activity quickly disintegrates by deteriation and oxidisation, and nature takes over. Then the architects, developers and the construction companies redevelop the site and the process begins again. I hope I'm on the right track!

In terms of your interest in aerial views, if you Google "Earth as Art", it takes you to a NASA site which shows images of phenomenons and geographical features, which are amazing!

Take care,


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