Another group of paintings in the exhibition are the round canvasses. Throughout history the circle was considered to be a perfect form, because it was believed to be the form of earth shaped by God. In 15th century Italy this form (tondo) became popular in art. De Goede’s use of this form refers to this practice.
More round canvasses have been worked upon with burning candles, creating black spots on a colored surface. Remaining in a space theme they resemble our understanding of the universe with suns, planets and black holes.
The last group of works in the exhibition are De Goede’s adapted newspaper pages. They confront the spectator with the real world around us. Papers represent current topics, happenings occurring every day. De Goede seems to engage these events in a discussion by painting on the pages. He relates them to historical events (WWII, by drawing Swastika’s all over a page), to consumerism (cars, women’s heels etc.), but also to music and other artists. With this last category De Goede creates and interesting dynamic with other works in the museum, for he refers to Marlene Dumas’s and to Anton Henning’s signature curls for instance. Both artists are also represented in the collection of De Pont.
The circular paintings already seems to evoke globes, but their renderings enhance the idea of different realities. De Goede appears to invite his audience to step into new worlds and examine them, while at the same time and maybe even in this way stimulating a critical attitude to the world around us.
10 oktober t/m 31 januari 2016
De Pont Museum
5041 EA Tilburg
Photographs by author.