Abstract calligraphy

1. Writing is moving!

The physical act of writing calligraphy plays a central part. The ‘act’ or ‘gesture’
is central in my works. Not the finished work, but the process that leads to it,
rather is art. In this respect it is more akin to performing arts than to most
other modes of visual expression.

2. Rhythm
 
Some works consist of rhythmical patterns, in which ballistic enforcement (in one
movement without correcting or checking up during the process) is very important.
These writing patterns form the basis of a good legible handwriting and of most legible italic
typefaces. The flexibility and regularity of these expressive lines and
shapes are the basic elements of creative expression.

3. Secrets!
 
All my creations have their own secrets. I ask you, the spectator, to watch creatively and
unravel those secrets, because you usually cannot read the words or text in the
classical sense. I give people the freedom to ‘read’ the visual sensation in their own way.
4. Composition
 
• The character of my work is atectonic, dynamic and seems to fall off the sheet.
My work refuses to be packed. I use diagonal textpaths. Also I give more structure
and tension to a fact which seems chaotic at first sight.
• Now and then I make over-all compositions. There is no order of importance.
Characters,words, texts applied in layers. In that case patterns develop like divisions,
accentuating the graphic and lyric character of my abstract calligraphy.
• Some text-paths are connected with each other by threads.
Sometimes the text can be brutal or provocative and the words may seem to be caught
behind bars, imprisoned, prevented from ‘escaping’, from being ‘read’ or ‘deciphered’.
 
5. Tools & Materials
 
• The texture of my calligraphic works is of various nature. I write with anything
imaginable: reed pens, steel pens, sticks, self made cola pens, fragments of glass,
pigments, acrylic paint, wax, glue and sands from all over the whole world…

• The base of the calligraphic texts can also vary from classical types of papers,
hand-made of industrial celluloses, hand-made plants and/or recycled materials
to ceramic, textile, plexi, zinc, aluminium, skin.
 
6. Jazz and Repetitive Music

I hardly ever make drafts or sketches. Usually I work with music as a source of inspiration.
In such instances I give my inspiration a free hand.
 
• Jazz: Keith Jarret, Philippe Cathérine, Larry Coryell, Al Di Meola,
Chick Corea, Friedrich Gulda…
• Repetitive music: Steve Reich, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens…
• Others: Dead Can Dance, Stone Age, Amon Tobin, david Sylvian,
Nick Cave, Soft Machine...