Renée Spronken

Reboot

Internet is perceived as a place of relative freedom and expression, but also as a place of great paradox.

Almost everyone owns a smartphone nowadays and is able to take pictures freely without even being noticed. These pictures often contain intimate details.

The snapshot pictures are then uploaded and immortalised on sites where everyone can view them up close. These snapshot images are taken in a split second.

They might show a moment of coincidental honesty and could offer a beautiful composition. It are these kind of images that dominate the internet and feeds the needs of a voyeuristic internet crowd.

The coming of the smartphone with its pinhead sized camera also introduces us to things like ‘selfies’ and ‘phone behaviour’, which ensures we have a phone in our hands at all times. One of the perks of being online 24/7.

This photographic material serves as a starting point for my work for quite some time now.

It all started out with ink drawings of Google street view images and self-portraits. The internet is an inexhaustible source of inspiration, delivered right to my doorstep. Behind the screen of my computer I can criticize and condemn people safely with the click of a mouse.

As an artist with access to this overload of information I can do as I please. When I paint these images I manipulate and change them, but sometimes these images are perfect the way they are.

My paintings are quite small and refer to artisan miniatures. The many hours I spend fabricating a painting are quite paradoxical if you consider that the worthless inspirational image only took seconds to make.

I like to research and experiment how I can translate these images into a visual work. Also I find the thought fascinating of a painting being unique and irreproducible in contrast to the internet images.

The scale emphasizes the voyeuristic nature of the internet, people have to look real closely to take in all the details. People recognise the images and situations of 21st century life. They take them in and judge them, just like they do in front of their computer screen.

I am guilty of this internet behaviour as well and not solely negative about this ´new  internet culture´. Therefore I appear in some of my works in the form of a self-portrait character.

Renée Spronken
‘Smart zombies’, 2014, 20 cm x 30 cm, painting on Medium-Density Fibreboard with acrylic, tempera and gouache paint, varnished
Renée Spronken
‘Track Pants’, 2012 Painting on multiplex with tempera, varnished 9,5 X 16 cm
Renée Spronken
‘Niet Voeren!’, Renée Spronken, 2014, 20 cm x 25 cm, Acrylic and Gesso on MDF
Renée Spronken
‘Eyes up here!’, Renée Spronken, 2014, 20 cm x 25 cm, Acryl
Renée Spronken
‘There’, Renée Spronken, 2014, Painting on MDF Actylic 20 x 10 cm
Renée Spronken
‘Here’ Renée Spronken, 2014, Painting on MDF Actylic 20 x 25 cm
Renée Spronken
'Playtime', Renée Spronken, 2014, Painting on MDF Actylic 40 x 25 cm
Renée Spronken
‘The Ladies Room’, Renée Spronken, 2014 Painting on MDF with acrylic, tempera and gouache paint, varnished 21 x 11 cm
Renée Spronken
‘http://guff.com/epic-night-club-fails/toilet-stall’, Renée Spronken, 2013 Painting on Medium-Density Fibreboard with acrylic, tempera and gouache paint, varnished 20 X 23 cm
Renée Spronken
‘Cruiser’, Renée Spronken, 2013 Painting on multiplex with tempera, varnished 20 cm x 23 cm,
Renée Spronken
'Reboot', Renée Spronken, 2015, Painting on MDF Actylic 200 x 120 cm
Renée Spronken
Detail 'Reboot'
Renée Spronken
Detail 'Reboot'
Renée Spronken
Detail 'Reboot'
Renée Spronken
Detail 'Reboot'
Renée Spronken
Detail 'Reboot'

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