— David Groot

From the outset

From the outset, existing images, repetition, and copying were key elements in David Groot’s work. What happens when representations, patterns, painterly gestures and the brush strokes of existing works are duplicated and cited, what changes when works are placed in a different setting or confronted with other images, does the meaning of a work shift when it is photographically reproduced or even manipulated? Groot’s work does not represent the unique expression of the artist, but concerns itself with the image and its repeatability. Existing images are the starting point, images that are subjected to a thorough investigation. These images are analyzed, cited, altered and given back to the world as unique replicas. But they have also been endowed with a new layer of meaning. What does copying mean, is there such a thing as originality, how do we generate meaning, what does an artist do?

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