Joe Ryckebosch Art -- The Reasons Why...
This current work is comprised largely of found images; old prints, magazine scraps, faded nature photographs, old lithographs, wildlife photos, and discarded oil paintings -- to name a few. Most of these materials are gleaned from myriad thrift stores, scrap yards, re-use centers, and yard sales. I compile these pieces and begin the process of re-mixing/re-envisioning the original subject matter. I employ colorful graphic tape and other mixed media as an "overlay" upon the existing imagery. I enjoy the contrast of the often faded and worn images against the bright, eye popping tape. The juxtaposition of geometric patterns created with the tape meld with the natural scenery to create an otherworldly landscape. I want the viewer to see these familiar and not so familiar images in a different manner. I try to leave the focal points intact, while adding colors and patterns that could have always been there, but just never seen until now.
The joy in making these pieces reveals itself in the "hunt" for the objects. I never know what I'm going to find when entering a thrift store, or stumbling upon a particularly interesting yard sale. I know that there may be something worthwhile, or just a lot of rubbish revealing zero inspiration. Often times I find myself plotting ideas right then and there at the site of a good "find". If I see that there is some promise in an object, I more than likely acquire it and take it home. A lot of these things sometimes lay around for months collecting dust and receding further into the corners of my studio before they are unearthed and worked on. Sometimes an object is taken home and worked on immediately. Some of my favorite pieces have been on the verge of being forgotten forever, but safely resurrected from the shadows and brought back into the light. I believe it is this complete process which makes a finished piece come to life.
Please feel free to contact me with any and all inquiries at: Ryckebosch.firstname.lastname@example.org
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