THE UNENCUMBERED SELF
28 Apr. - 31 May. 2018
Opening reception: Fri. 27 Apr. 2018, 6 - 9 pm
Speech by Christoph Tannert, artistic director at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, 7 pm
" This painter is a razorblade. Incisiveness is the secret ingredient of his work, which always relies on the materiality of the paint, yet never quite settles down without launching into a conceptual volte-face.
What characterises his paintings, which claim their place alongside the old masters, is their clarity, or even hardness, but also their eloquence, which extends well beyond what happens in the image yet always remains within the pictorial frame of reflection. René Schoemakers makes no offer of reconciliation in the pictorial, philosophical or political arena. He is not one to compromise. On the other hand, he devotes warm and caring attention to his family (five children and his wife), and the sitters for his meticulous portraits and nudes are almost all from his inner circle of friends. "
Quotations from " About the Self in the Pictural Frame of Reflection " by Christoph Tannert