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Alexandra Roozen

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Alexandra Roozen (1971)

Lives and works in Rotterdam (NL)

Alexandra Roozen maakt werken in potlood op papier die bestaan uit grote structuren, opgebouwd uit vele lijnen, krasjes en haaltjes, waarin ze de handeling van het tekenen onderzoekt. Haar werkwijze volgt vaste regels die het repetitieve aspect van de handeling centraal stellen. Dit wordt benadrukt door het verdubbelen, verschuiven of roteren van één punt of lijn. De werken worden in series gepresenteerd, bijvoorbeeld in Drawing Centre Diepenheim in de solotentoonstelling ‘Sensing Traces’, 2019. In 2018 kreeg ze een internationale solotentoonstelling in het Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in Zuid-Korea. Verder is haar werk getoond bij o.a. Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, ‘Nieuwe Aanwinsten’ 2019, VOLTA NY (USA) (solo) 2018, Garage Rotterdam en Verbeke Foundation (BE) 2017. Haar werken zijn opgenomen in diverse collecties.

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Alexandra Roozen’s work can be placed in the tradition of the fundamental and serial abstraction. By making large drawings with pencil on paper Roozen has found her own way in this tradition. This drawing technique, overall one of the 'simplest’ and oldest, is a constant source of wonderment for this artist, and is time and again the object of artistic experimentation.

The method of Roozen’s work is based on repetitive structures. Small hand gestures such as dashes, dots, scratches and strokes which the artist repeats endlessly. Herein she is interested in the arrangement of details, in particular the irregularities that occur therein. These irregularities disturb the coherence in the planning and deprive the logic off the structure.

Roozen highlight these disturbances by using a mathematical grid and strict work rules. In this way, minimal differences are strengthened and at the same time new coherence is created and ultimately new structures. Such fascinating processes seem to work indefinitely which Roozen emphasize by using an all-over design: drawings in which no spot on the paper is left blank.

Overview Artworks

Currents #03
Currents #04
Grid 04, 2019
Italics #05, 2019
Plain Dust #09, 2018
Plain Dust #11, 2018
Plain Dust #15, 2018
Plain Dust #32, 2019
Twofold, 2019