Alexandra Roozen’s work speaks of experiment, but is also deeply indebted to the tradition of drawing. The artist’s keen awareness of its history, combined with her well-honed technique, leads her to further explore drawing’s possibilities and boundaries.
The method of Roozen’s work is based on repetitive structures. Small hand gestures such as dashes, dots, scratches and strokes which the artist repeats endlessly. Herein she is interested in the arrangement of details, in particular the irregularities therein, which disturb the coherence and deprive the logic of the structure. The artist highlight these disturbances by using a mathematical grid. In this way, minimal differences are strengthened and created at the same time new structures. Such fascinating processes seem to work indefinitely which Alexandra Roozen emphasize in her drawings in which no spot on the paper is left blank.
Although her work is based on analysis, her drawings possess a multi-layered perspective, juxtaposing alluring and estranging qualities. The beauty of Roozen’s works is revealed by her technique of questioning – almost demanding – that the viewer looks at the works in different ways.
Alexandra Roozen (1971) lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, graduated cum laude from AKV | St. Joost art academy and has since worked on several projects, including the Youngeun Museum Program in South Korea (3 months) and at the IK-Pavilion (3 months). She awarded several grants from the Mondriaan Fund and CBK R’DAM.
Recent exhibitions included museum shows, ao, Gallery2/JEJU (Solo, 2020, South Korea), Drawing Center Diepenheim (Solo, 2019, NL), Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art (Solo, 2018, South Korea), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (2019, NL), De Ketelfactory Schiedam (2018, NL), Gallery2/SEOUL (Solo, 2017, South Korea), Verbeke Foundation (2017, BE), Pavilion Contemporary Art Watou, Kasteelstraat1 (2017, BE), Museum CODA, Museum Waterland (duo, 2014, NL) and the MMKA (2016, NL).
Recent presentations at art fairs included, ao, VOLTA Basel (2021, CH), Art Rotterdam (2020, 2014, NL), Art on Paper NY (solo, 2020 USA), VOLTA NY (solo, 2018, USA), Art on Paper Amsterdam (solo, 2018 / duo, 2019, NL), PULSE MIAMI (duo, 2017, USA), PAN Amsterdam (since 2015, including upcoming 2021) and Drawing Now Paris (FR).
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam