- May 26, 2017
Daan Botlek is a non-conformist and skeptic; always searching, always questioning. In search of structures and patterns (be it literally or figuratively). To take them apart and to reconstruct. This translates to his works in which at first glance everything seems clear and accessible but at closer inspection appear to be much less obvious. His works show us a universe in which human characters play with the laws of geometry and physics. These human characters are being applied as tools to measure things and situations to a human scale; they are applied as elements which are sometimes personified and sometimes objectified. The resulting concepts are being translated to drawings, cartoons, murals, installations, patterns and puzzles. Botlek studied at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
Botlek draws bridges between paradoxes: the finite and infinite, the miniature and the gigantic, the bi-dimensional and tri-dimensional, the figurative and the abstract, the possible and the impossible. By doing so he questions the world in the fashion of a poetic scientist or mathematician.