Upstream Focus | Into Time
festive opening sepember 8, 2023, 17:00 - 21:00hrs
Upstream Gallery is proud to present new lenticular paintings from the Into Time series (2013 – ongoing) by Rafaël Rozendaal in the gallery’s private viewing space.
For his series Into Time, which the artist has kept developing, Rozendaal uses the medium lenticular painting, through which the image changes along with the point of view of the observer. In this way, an object can have the same physical properties as digital works: there is movement, interaction with the viewer, and a seemingly endless number of compositions. The paintings can’t be experienced instantaneously but must be engaged with for a duration of time, much like his digital works. These lenticulars are the outcome of an ongoing experiment, by changing a few variables in every group that is actualized. The potential of each outcome is only to be experienced when the work is produced.
The lenticular print is a material with a long history. By choosing a traditional technique as his media, in combination with the digital devices and technologies with which he produces the still images, Rozendaal draws attention to how these mediums of different time periods exist on a continuum of visual culture, rather than disjointed.
about the artist
Rafaël Rozendaal (1980) is an internet art pioneer, but his work isn’t limited to the screen. Besides using the internet as his medium, canvas and gallery space, the artist researches how his digital works can be translated into the physical world. His work tends to reflect on the possibilities of form and movement in a defined space, which requires negotiating the relationship between medium and spatiality in a translation of projects from online space to a physical space. His artistic practice comprises NFTs, websites, textile works, installations, prints, lenticular painting and writing.
Rozendaal’s work takes shape through a range of transformations – from movement into abstraction, from virtual into physical space, and from website to print – with all of them informing each other. All of Rozendaal’s works have one thing in common: they stem from a fascination with moving images and interactivity in its most basic form.
Into Time | Rafaël Rozendaal
8th – 23rd September 2023
Private viewing space | Upstream Gallery
Kloveniersburgwal 95, Amsterdam
Image preview: Into Time 22 10 02 (2022)
Lenticular Painting, 120 x 160 cm