Paul Corvers – A Composed Silence

Paul Corvers (‘s-Hertogenbosch, 1953) attended the Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten St. Joost (the Academy of Fine Arts St. Joost) in Breda in the early eighties. He started his education in 1977, the year in which the Neue Wilden, a neo-expressionist movement in Germany, was founded. Corvers sees himself as a painter, so his initial fascination for this movement and for American abstract expressionism is not peculiar. However, the echo of Piet Mondrian’s modernism sounded louder and louder over the years. The large gesture of painting and the complex, pasty application of colour silenced. During many years the horizon and, by extension, the landscape provided guidance to the viewer when looking at his abstract compositions.

In his more recent work Paul Corvers composes paintings. Many areas of colour, large and small, alternate with a frivolous woolly brushstroke. At first sight painted in a hermetic and difficult painting language that suggests a clear and well-considered plan. The landscape forms the starting point, I read here and there. Often there is indeed a horizon in the works of Paul Corvers, but I wonder if there is nothing more going on. Looking at the works, they make me mainly think of the two principles of the well-known American avant-garde composer John Cage (Los Angeles 1912-1992 New York): chance and indeterminacy. Inspired by Zen Buddhism, Cage began to compose music that is about the pure experience of sound as sound, without further emotional expression or coherent structure.

In the recent works of Paul Corvers, the figurative tools are increasingly being abandoned in order to arrive at pure, abstract compositions, built up of clear areas of colour determined by chance and indeterminacy. At the time Piet Mondriaan composed his compositions intuitively but harmoniously. We also recognize this in the work of Corvers. Whereas the Neue Wilden presented themselves to us as highly expressive painters averse to dogmas and working in total freedom, Corvers reaches this stage with completely different work. The adventure of painting is in the minimum. In this way, the areas of colour that appear on the canvas only refer to themselves. They are completely at rest and entirely at peace with each other. It results in works that represent a welcome silence. The small formats of most of the works unravel an unprecedented grandeur. It is in line with what John Cage once said: ‘There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, if we’re trying to produce silence, we cannot.’ In the art of Paul Corvers working in great freedom also results in a void rich in images and sounds. A composed silence.

Hans November Breda, 20 July 2020

Unique offer last Camion photos Aimée Terburg

Aimée Terburg
‘The Knightrider’ 2007
inktjetprint on polystyrene, glossy laminated
30 x 22 x 2 cm
€ 125.-

Let’s pause for a moment. All of a sudden the photoproject by Aimée Terburg from 2007 with hundreds backsides of trucks (Camions) is more topical than ever. Trucks you often encounter on the road but never really pay attention to, unless they drive too slowly. Photographed during their break to catch your eye. Diesel fumes. Steel. Morning rush hour. Holliday. Stange license plates. Destinations. Loads. Framed areas of color. Dirt. Retreived on the road: found paintings. The parallel with her recent work is obvious.

One-and-a-half-meter-special

Now that we are all put in a state of pause and awareness, we have a unique offer to make art flow: the last four Camions from her own workshop now for sale with a reduction and a 10% donation to the Food Bank in Groningen. Three small ones and one larger. Something for everyone.

Check https://www.camions2go.com for more info or email info@debsaysyes.org

Aimée Terburg
‘Houteinde’ 2007
inktjetprint on polystyrene, glossy laminated
30 x 22 x 2 cm
€ 125.-


Aimée Terburg
‘De Aardappel-SF’ 2007
inktjetprint on polystyrene, glossy laminated
30 x 22 x 2 cm
€ 125.-


Aimée Terburg
‘Bulthuis’ 2007
inktjetprint on polystyrene, glossy laminated
55 x 40 x 2 cm
€ 325,-

Special donation by Franz Licht

Franz Licht is an extraordinary artist. He never sells his works. He only gives them out as a donation, on loan or on permanent loan. So that he likes the initiative of Debsaysyes so much, that he asked if he could donate a work for us to sell is a really one of a kind opportunity.

His work deals with the different manifestations of concrete art. It offers pronounced references to color fields and hardedge painting, as well as architecture. He prefers to work serially and his focus is on conveying clarity and the execution of highest quality of craftsmanship. Franz Licht does not focus on the interpretation of his works, but rather on sensing, perception and the experience of viewing.

The work that is now for sale at Debsaysyes is called DSY20, was made for us in 2020, acrylic on fibre board, 20×20 cm (7.88×7.88 inch), framed and signed at the back.

The special Debsaysyes price is €250,-. That is inclusive of shipping in Europe.

When buying this work, you not only get a great piece of art that would otherwise not be attainable, you also support our non profit foundation in making art flow and allowing artists to show and sell their work. An ambition that is ever so important in these crazy times. To keep in line with Franz’ idea of donating his work, we offer the buyer to select a charity of choice, to which we will donate €100,–.

Franz Licht was born in 1961 near Karlsruhe. He is a selftaught artist who now lives and works in the north of Germany. For more works, please check www.franz-licht.de

You’re not alone

The Easter days will be different this year. Reason for us to build a new online exhibition. Easter without art is impossible.

It’s a duo exhibition with works by Barry Camps and photography by Paul Brouwer. An idea we’ve had for some time now: their works seem made for eachother.

Barry is Debsaysyes artist from the beginning and the online expo with a guest artist he appreciates, seems like a good idea in these times of isolation.
The works party together and we as spectators can party with them.

The expo wil be online during the remainder of April. Enjoy and stay healthy.

Link

Sylvain Levier: ‘Sooting Skin’

Expo Berlin

Christiane Ainsley joins Debsaysyes as new artist

Debsaysyes is very proud to announce the participation of Christiane Ainsley as new artist. Her works represent an exiting new spectre of art tor the foundation. In essence what Debsaysyes is about: small but very internse.

Christiane Ainsley (Valleyfield, Canada, 1955) graduated in visual arts from the University of Quebec in Montreal. In 2001 she decided to settle in Barjols, the Var, France, with artist John Francis. They have been living and working there ever since.

Since the late 1980s she has continued her research on the qualities of color, in relation to the density of the material and the trace of the gesture. She keeps working over older works time and time again. She started 2020 working with new bases, so a new challenge lies ahead.

She has been president of the association artmandat since 2006. In 2013, she began working with the ceramist Michel Muraour. She has made herself known in Canada, notably through two exhibitions devoted to emerging artists presented at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. Since than, Christiane has participated in many exhibitions in Canada and France and her works have been included in several collections.