Bound to happen

David Bruneel & Vincent de Roder

DUO EXPO // 04.08 - 01.09.2019

In this duo exhibition ‘bound to happen’ featuring David Bruneel and Vincent de Roder, two words emerge: inevitability and connectivity. The connection between a poetic attention to coincidence and a conscious composition of images is clearly evident in the oeuvre of both artists. In this exhibition, there is space for ‘what has to happen’ alongside a clear insight into ‘that which can be interpreted’ as both fragile and essential..


DAVID BRUNEEL (BE) °1974 employs different materials and formats for his photographic compositions. For each work he combines visual elements, not merely to create a collage, but with the intention of establishing a new creation in which each individual part is visually incorporated into an indivisible entity.

Colourful strips float between the edges of shadow or traces of frames; while reflections of water or light recede into the centre of a rectangle. The hint of a possible landscape or the suggested existence of a portrait is somehow still perceptible, confuses and impresses.
The mental discipline achieved in order to eliminate what is superfluous and to be able to express what remains in a multi-layered conceptual presentation, offers a way of observing and experiencing which balances between what is tangible and what can be abstracted.


In the paintings of VINCENT DE RODER (NL) °1958 it is especially the colours that seem to speak. The paint is layered horizontally, diagonally or vertically and fluctuates between what is hidden and yet still visible. Shiny pieces of lacquer paint, curves or randomness are all part of the overall composition.

Each painting reveals an abstract form, which does not pursue perfection, but discretely allows for a deliberate multi-layeredness. What has been left visible has a purely representational and architectural function. His oeuvre incorporates what can be awkward, imperfect or human and seeks a balance between consciousness and contemplation. The stillness of the work itself evokes a sense of quietness and of beckoning. The use of colour however, and the forms that are easily recognisable are at the same time presented from an entirely different perspective, making the artist’s work absolutely personal.

Els Wuyts, curator