Roos van Dijk
Roos van Dijk is an explorer of the minimal, recreating impressions of modern architecture on canvas in abstracted, pleasing compositions. Her process moves from a literal photograph to what she calls 'hard edge' paintings, in which she tries to recall the viscerally unique qualities of the buildings she has experienced. Working in acrylic paint on canvas, the playfulness of color is contrasted by the perfection of perspective and light.
Van Dijk's most recent work has transitioned further into the isolation of architectural form and pattern from her successful and more literal abstractions of architecture. The growing complexity only heightens the intrigue of her compositions, where the building form seems to be just beyond the border of the canvas and sneaks it's way back in as a shadow form, as if to ground the experience for the viewer in van Dijk's own mind. It is this representation of light that elevates the visual understanding beyond just pattern and into place — into event.
These recent compositions were inspired by van Dijk's time in Kosice, Slovakia where she spent a season as an artist in residence. The blocky socialist-era apartment buildings with their fields of pastel colors, grids of balconies, and patterns of windows were the perfect intrigue to move beyond the grand modern architecture that had served as her previous source material.
Composed by Philip De Jong / Hundredweight