About the artist:
Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He was born in Delft, the Netherlands in 1965 and grew up as the son of a building contractor in the small village of Maasdijk in an area called ‘het Westland’, which is known for being covered in glass houses. After attending art school in Rotterdam Van der Ende explored various techniques and materials until in 1996 he decided to focus on the use of salvaged wood exclusively.
“In 2000 I came up with a way to construct wall mounted bas-reliefs from salvaged wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and realistic mosaic, a realism further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. By now I have built over a hundred of these works with themes ranging from cars and architecture to tree stumps and even a cut of meat. I am interested in artifacts that have once inspired enthusiasm but that we have come to look upon with indifference. I want to reexamine these objects thoroughly and up close. I want to hold them to the light and see how their meaning has changed.
About this website:
This website was built by Ron van der Ende himself with WordPress. It uses a native ‘child theme’ to Decode and a number of plugins. Ron used to run the influential artblog ArtBBQ from 2003 until 2007 which is archived here. The only part of ArtBBQ that is still in operation is the Studio Playlists which every December collects artists favorite music.
The artist about his web activities:
“I think visual artists should consider taking charge of their own (web)representation as a natural part of their field. And why not? Its cheap, quite (but not too) easy and just plain fun!”
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