The Self Design Academy (EN)

It has all the colors and all the shapes and all the moves (2020)

Thom van Rijckevorsel

hands holding pieces of wood that are being painted

Three video loops of different length each show a hand holding a piece of wood. After some time, the wood is always painted over in a different color. This action is constantly repeated so that the rhythm and the combination of colors keeps changing and it never comes to a definitive image.

The work is inspired by the form and function of a medieval triptych: three panels painted on wood with a biblical scene. Medieval man could read in all symbols, colors and references what was expected of him and what the consequences of his choices were. A person in the 21st century can shape his own life. At least, everything in our lives seems to communicate that. A palette of apps, brands and products is available to us to continuously develop the project ā€˜Iā€™.

About Thom van Rijckevorsel

Thom van Rijckevorsel graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2019, after working as an art director in advertising for more than 15 years. His work consists of videos, drawings, sculptures and installations that reflect on questions of autonomy and manufacturability. How do you get a grip on a world in which physical and digital reality, matter and image, fact and fiction increasingly merge into each other? Can you still have a grip on such a reality and what does it mean to have grip anyway?

Thom uses materials such as clay, wood, paper and paint in combination with a simple action; kneading, pulling, pushing, rubbing. Sometimes the result of the action is visible and sometimes he actually shows the action in video. His works are images that are on their way to become an image. They change, keep the options open for a while, looking for possibilities.

Credits
Thom van Rijckevorsel, director/edit
Olaf van Gerwen, technical support
Tom Bakker, DOP