The Work of Bas Louter

March 31, 2014

'Bas Louter is one of the few artists who deal almost entirely with the medium of drawing. In his mainly large-format works he combines figurative images with abstract patterns and structures. The film metropolis Los Angeles, the artist’s place of residence for the last six years, serves as a source of inspiration. Louter picks up on the visual aesthetics of Hollywood’s film industry while transforming an imagery which is directed towards pathos and intensity into the low-frequency voltage range of a drawing whose characteristic is its constraint. Nevertheless the original material of an industry of images aimed at enactment and staging constantly remains perceptible throughout his partly minimalistic works. Through the transformation into a display mode that seems contrary to the intended message of the pictorial object a peculiar atmosphere is created which appears familiar and foreign at the same time.' (Falko Bürschinger, translated by Sebastian Muschik via galerie ampersand)

Bas Louter deals with forgotten and unknown persons. Men with grotesque uniforms in portraits so big they become inescapable. By capturing his subject in charcoal on large sheets of paper, these forgotten persons are brought back to our collective memory, to the actuality of now. it's a deceiving simplicity where the imagination touches reality in a strange manner. An incapacity to recall the past and a parallel inability of the portrait merge the portrayed. The figures in the drawings peer over us unmistakably, but are they taking place in our imagination? - Bas Louter in the March, 2008 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine