Hans van Haalen has developed a highly methodical practice based on sets of rules and mimetic principles. He tries to disconnect the figurative sign and its implied meaning and place. For instance, by limiting yourself to only use shapes found in a leaflet called ‘Spanish for beginners’ for a period of several years. Portraits become patterns and fragments of the news become shapes on a canvas.
Hans has built an immense archive of clippings, photographs, leaflets, and other seemingly unconnected visual materials over the past decades. This living archive, which includes his own previous works, is constantly reconfigured and rescaled.
At This Art Fair 2021 he will present enlarged fabric prints of small canvases combined with the canvases themselves. Together they form a painterly installation that respond to Benjamin Francis’ performances and sculptures.www.artland.com/artists/hans-van-haalen