Bas Ketelaars


Drawing is also about destruction.

After two layers the whole drawing was erased, then three new layers. The middle part is completely black and the paper pushed to its limits. Each new layer destroys somehow the layer before. At the edges of the drawing there’s a lot of information about previous stages.

I like the ambiguousness of the middle part which is at the same time suggesting depth as a black hole and blocking this depth by reflecting the light, thus showing the drawing as an ordinary object.

'Untitled' (Paths) Graphite on paper. 150 x 235cm. 2016

'Untitled' (Paths). Graphite on paper, 151 x 235cm, 2016.

During this drawing a previous drawing is partly removed, the remainders are still visible. I think several systems  of drawing are more or less harmonious existing together.  The erased square and rectangle determine the direction of the spectators view.

'Untitled' (Carry) 2015.

Technically consisting of two layers, but not on top of each other. As might be visible at the detailed image, all white spots were marked with small circles or rectangles. The rest of the drawing is made around it. It’s like the two systems keep each other in place, like bubbles in foam.

'Untitled' (Done with light #2) Graphite on paper. 151 x 252cm. 2014.

Three photos, three moments, merged together making a new image. In the middle part the merging process went ‘wrong’, it was partly erased and two new layers were added.

'Untitled' Graphite to wall/photgraphic adjustment. 4x5. 2017.

Studio at Nida Art Colony, Nida Lithuania. Graphite on tracing paper, collages. 2017.


'Untitled' 2017, Nida, Lithuania.

'Untitled' (Searching C.D.#2) Graphite on paper. 150X242cm. 2013.

'Untitled' (Half-Chaos) Graphite on paper. 2016

'Untitled' (point of no return). Graphite on paper. 2016.


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