Since 2011, René van den Bos, Els Moes, Ingrid Roos and Tonneke Sengers exhibit their work under the name ‘Mixed’. In 2017 René Eicke and Anne Rose Regenboog joined ‘Mixed’. In 2018 thy decided to form an official group which functions under the name ‘Blend Projects’ and organize exhibitions on a regular basis.
A sober, abstract visualization together with an appeal to the imagination of the beholder, characterize the work of the six artists. Also the themes in the work of René van den Bos, René Eicke, Els Moes, Anne Rose Regenboog, Ingrid Roos and Tonneke Sengers display similarity. Significant is the title of their recent exhibition in Závodny in Mikulov, Czech Republic: ‘Abstraction and Space in Dialogue’ (18th of January until 10th of March 2018). Using several ways of expression the works of the six artists entered into a dialogue concerning Light, Shadow and (the illusion of) Space.
‘Blend Projects’, what does it stand for? ‘Blend’ refers to the mixture or combination of elements that match well. The works of art are well in tune but they also contain clearly discern able signatures. Who examines the different oeuvres more closely again and again discovers a personal fascination and approach.
In his paintings René van den Bos plays with the basic principles of painting. The rhythmically communicating horizontal and vertical lines create subtle shades of colour and a spatial effect within the two-dimensional area of the painting. The works of René Eicke offer an impression of harmonic regularity as well as a disturbed order. Within the all-connecting frame of the canvas the eye constantly is sent into another direction; the viewer is especially confronted with her/his way of looking at things. Els Moes’ paintings evoke the art-historical notion of the ‘sublime experience’. The eye cannot find a mainstay, the perception is challenged by coloured planes and lines that look trustworthy, familiar, but never can be caught in a one-dimensional interpretation. In a completely different way something similar happens with the wall-objects of Anne Rose Regenboog, where the shadow-lines on the wall can hardly be discerned from the actual metal threads out of which the artist built her cubes; image and after-image become one, sculptural threads become drawn lines, characters, letters, which, in thought, string together into words. In the works of Ingrid Roos notions as ‘volume and emptiness’ and ‘light and shadow’ are very important. By using natural light as pictural means, the forms enter into new relationships with their surroundings. The architectonic environment also plays an important role in the wall-paintings and wall-sculptures of Tonneke Sengers. With minimal means, among which lines and lattice-work, her works refer to the architectonic environment in which they find themselves.
Are the differences between the work of René van den Bos, René Eicke, Els Moes, Anne Rose Regenboog, Ingrid Roos and Tonneke Sengers larger than the similarities? Is everyone’s work strengthened in the measure in which it differs from all the others, or are exactly the similarities the factors that give an extra dimension to each work in itself? Both suggestions seem to be right. That what brings all these different oeuvres together is an intensification of perception and an appeal to the imagination. After visiting a presentation of Blend Projects it is likely that people in their everyday environment also will have an eye for the subtle play between abstract lines, colours, light and shadow. An eye for the energy, the poetical layers and beauty that are hidden in the works of these artists that breathe new life into timeless themes.
Translation: Jan Koks January 2019