Materials from home improvement or second-hand stores play the main role in the seemingly simple but balanced work of artist Tim Wunderink. ‘Hardly any paint comes into play in my work, but it does refer strongly to painting. My search for a composition, the distribution of form and colour, is like that of a painter’s.’
Underlying Tim’s use of materials is a fascination for construction sites. ‘In the interior of a building on such a site, you can see the layers between the ceiling and the floor. I look in a similar manner at a leaky old air mattress, for example. What would it look like from the inside out? In that way I discover interesting patterns and forms that comprise a rhythm as a whole.’
By stretching parts of objects on a canvas or combining them in an installation, he shares his findings with the viewer, who then rediscovers a familiar material. ‘The inside of a utilitarian object is meant to be purely functional,’ says Tim. ‘But the inside is precisely what I want to show, by giving it a different function and context. The result is something new.’
Tim Wunderink, born in 1991 in Alkmaar, currently lives and works in Utrecht. He has been swiftly gaining recognition after completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the HKU Utrecht in 2018. Solo and duo exhibitions include ‘Composing the Perhaps’, 2021 at Galerie Bart, ‘Things I used to paint’, 2019 at EXboot, Utrecht and ‘Onder constructie’, 2018 at AK24, Puschkin, also in Utrecht. Tim’s work stood out in group exhibitions such as the first KunstKoop exhibition by the Mondrian Fund in 2021, ‘Zomer 2020’ at the Amsterdam based Gomulan Gallery, ‘Wat zie ik?’, 2019 at Galerie Pouleouff in Naarden-Vesting and the 2019 ‘Summer Show’ at Galerie Bart. Tim’s unusual and humorous use of common materials in his skilful compositions leave an impression on both the public and press. Palet Magazine featured him in the category Young Talent, after earlier having been selected for Opium Atelier at Radio 4.