Veneer Theory, 2014. Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 60″ x 61″ x 6″.
Watershed (Yosemite), 2013. Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 71″ x 79″ x 5″.
Cross-Section I, 2012. Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 74″ x 44″ x 5″.
Cross-Section I, detail.
Airstream R.V., 2012. Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 120″ x 53″ x 5″.
Airstream R.V., detail.
Phoenix: Rise! (Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am), 2011. Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 102″ x 37″ x 7″.
Phoenix: Rise! (Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am), detail.
Axonometric Array, 2008. Bas-relief in reclaimed timbers, size variable.
Cold Storage, 2013. Bas-relief in salvaged wood, 76″ x 52″ x 6″.
Working with stacks of found wood, Dutch artist Ron van der Ende assembles gigantic bas-relief sculptures inspired by space, nature, industry, as well as retro technology and vehicles. The original color and texture of each wood fragment is left intact, making each sculpture into a mosaic containing both a new image and the history of its materials. Van der Ende has so finely honed his technique that one might first assume when viewing a sculpture that they are instead paintings. Because of the artworks strong sense of perspective, some viewers have reported feeling dizzy when first encountering one of his sculptures.
You can see much more of the artist’s work on his website and he’ll also be showing work through Ambach & Rice in April at the Dallas Art Fair.