Larger than Life: XXXL Paintings in Rotterdam

Stylesight recently stopped by the stunning location of the Submarine Wharf, deep in the heart of the Rotterdam harbor, to check out the XXXL Painting exhibition.

Held for the 4th consecutive summer at this overwhelming spacious location, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen invited three painters, Jim Shaw and Chris Martin (USA), and Klaas Kloosterboer (NL), to work in and occupy the imposing space, turning it into a gigantic art studio.

Using personas such as the savage painter, the bomb thrower and the storyteller, the artists worked side-by-side to establish three over-sized presentations. By extending the set boundaries of the canvas, they created an on-site exhibition that was full of energy and creative power.

XXXL Painting is a very inspiring exhibition, inviting visitors into new and moving painting worlds where the two-dimensional is tested by the third dimension.

 The show will run through September 29, 2013 in Rotterdam’s historic docklands, The Netherlands. – Mona Dekker & Samantha Fox

Scroll below for art works and artist profiles.

Above paintings by Chris Martin

Chris Martin’s work draws inspiration from the interaction of the significant and the grandiose, the universe and man, and the tunnels connecting life and death. Martin applies various materials, such as vinyl records, glitter and beads to his pieces. Leading up to the opening he worked on a gigantic painting measuring 13 x 10 meters in size.

Above paintings by Jim Shaw

Jim Shaw is an artist, a musician and a storyteller, using old theater backdrops to create his own religion: Oism is based on his own mythology. Cartoon-inspired and figurative in its own right, Shaw is presenting backdrop paintings measuring 4 x 15 meters.

Above paintings by Klaas Kloosterboer

Klaas Kloosterboer creates abstract paintings and is mostly known for his deconstructed and reconstructed circles and dots. Eventually this leads to paintings and installations with a strong theatrical or costume based ambiance, redefining what a painting might be or actually is.

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