Rolf Den Dunnen

Rolf Den Dunnen

Den Dunnen has fallen under the spell of typewriters. Typewriters are, according to him, not only beautiful in themselves but they wear their legendary associations of decades. This has abstract drawings for this exhibition black and blue made on Olympia typewriters. This new work is inspired by the ZERO movement of the 60s and especially Jan Schoonhoven.


“The balance, the regular, the harmony, that is the basis. And then the poetic of harmony, the balance. That no share more for themselves, but the whole has its own life, without being overemphasized. "


In the repetition of Den Dunnens typed letters, words or signs is a hidden beauty. In the rehearsal - and that's one important contribution from Schoonhoven - a grandeur, greatness is hidden. But there is also one in the repetition alienation. By repeating the same thing, the one after the other concatenating and partly overlapping the typed numbers, letters, words, and signs create a coded mysterious image. The is this imagined mystification that sometimes is indeed something "big" reveals, but at the same time also something strange or unusual, something mysterious things we don't feel at home with. The alienation from this work is sometimes referred to as religious or transcending, but not in a metaphysical sense. The work seems to search for a living transcendence, wonder,


Den Dunnen sees his typewriters as "machines of loving grace": from the beginning, there is something human, pleasant, rich, traditional, characteristic, full of imaginative melancholy, and with a soul. These quintessence of existence, this "Contemplation essence" is hidden in the inherited memory of the species, ready to be raised - under certain conditions - by the artist.