THE DEFINITEVENESS OF INK
CARMEN HUST | ARTICULATE # 16 | JULY 2018
The Dutch artist Redmer Hoekstra was born with a lot of imagination. As a child he made up his own explanations for stuff, how things worked or were being made. At the Art Academy (Zwolle), from which he graduated in 2009, Hoekstra rediscovered this way of thinking and from there a huge drive emerged to draw the images that comes to his mind.
Redmer Hoeskstras preferred media is the Staedtler pigment fineliner, with which he illustrates these emerging fantasies. This allows him to make very refined shadings and tones of grey. He describes a fascination of its directness. What is drawn is definitive, unlike painting which allows correction and refining.
Redmer’s works are inspired by provoking objects, calling for his attention. Mostly his ideas come on unpredictable moments, initiated by things he sees, experiences or thinks. Furthermore, Hoekstra believes the key element in creating a good composition is that of the work being personal, alongside loads of work and elbow grease. As a child Redmer was drawn by the works of Escher. Later in his career the works of Rene Magritte have sparked his inspiration and states that several of his works are resembling the world inside his mind, influencing both his work and way of thought
“I find my inspiration riding the train or on the road, where my mind can float through the landscape and new connections between things appear. A philosophical view of the world and myself. Who am I? What is my reality and how do I get to decide how it looks and works?
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