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i never thought i would say this

but i’m starting to like

living in new york


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“Everything you see is in the past”, my solo show at Postmasters, New York


Yes! My first solo show in New York:
Everything you see is in the past
November 30 – January 18
Opening Saturday November 30, 6 PM.
at Postmasters, 54 Franklin Street, New York (map)

Press release:

Everything You See Is In The Past

Art can’t be defined. Try it. It can’t be done. We all kind of know what it is but no one really knows. No one really knows what happiness is either. The moment you know it, you’re not really happy. When you’re really happy, you’re not thinking about happiness.
– Rafaël Rozendaal

If I was high I might enjoy his work, but unfortunately I am sober and can say with a clear mind that this is complete bullshit.
– Anonymous YouTube comment

Postmasters Gallery is pleased to announce a first solo exhibition in New York of Dutch-Brazilian artist Rafaël Rozendaal. “Everything You See Is In The Past” will present several of his websites as large scale projections and a group of unique lenticular paintings that he began making in 2012.

Born in 1980, Rozendaal uses the Internet as his canvas. Spread out over a vast network of domain names, his work attracts a large online audience of over 40 million visits per year. His practice explores the electronic screen as a pictorial space, reverse engineering reality into condensed bits, to create works that reside somewhere between painting and animation.

Rozendaal’s websites are individual works of art where the domain name serves as the title (e.g., http://www.nothingeverhappens.com/). Though collectors may buy his websites, Rozendaal stipulates in his Art Website Sales Contract that the sites must remain on public view and the owner must renew the domain registration annually. “It’s the virtual equivalent of owning a sculpture in a public park,” he says. “There’s a point of pride of being the one who commissioned or paid for it. And the site still identifies the owner.”

For Rozendaal’s lenticular paintings, algorithm is a new brush. Each unique composition consists of several frames, so the abstract image offers an illusion of depth and appears to animate when the work is viewed from various angles. In October Rozendaal’s lenticular painting “Into Time 13 08 13” was the feature lot of “Paddles On!” a first digital art auction curated by Lindsay Howard at Phillips.

In 2010 Rafaël Rozendaal created BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), an extremely successful open source DIY curatorial format that has been staged over 100 times around the world. “Everything You See Is In The Past” will be accompanied by a BYOB closing event.

Selected Recent Exhibitions: Centre Pompidou, Venice Biennale, Valencia Biennial, Casa Franca Brasil Rio, TSCA Gallery Tokyo, Seoul Art Square, NIMk Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum project space.
Selected Press: Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Flash Art, Dazed & Confused, Interview, Wired, Purple, McSweeney’s, O Globo, Vice, Creators Project, Artreview, Metropolis M, +81, La Repubblica, Vogue.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.


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we all want

that special



New! I feel strange .com

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New website! I feel strange .com

Thank you to Reinier Feijen for programming.


Quotes from “The Secret Life of Salvador Dali”

secret life salvador dali

In the aesthetic point of view freedom is formlessness.

The ever-perspicacious reader will already have discovered without difficulty that modesty is not my specialty.

I have always had an answer for everything, and this time I also had one.

I understood almost nothing of what I read, and this in itself filled me with pride and satisfaction.

My immeasurable arrogance always immunized me against being affected by anything.

It was the first and the last time in my life that for several minutes I lost faith in myself.

My position was that happiness or unhappiness is an ultra-individual matter having nothing to do with the structure of society, the standard of living or the political rights of the people.

Only beings composed of nothingness and mediocrity are capable of elevating themselves a little with alcohol.

One maxim became axiomatic for my spirit: If you decide to wage a war for the total triumph of your individuality, you must begin by inexorably destroying those who have the greatest affinity with you. All alliance depersonalizes; everything that tends to the collective is your death; use the collective, therefore, as an experiment, after which strike hard, and remain alone!

I do not understand why, when I ask for a grilled lobster in a restaurant, I am never served a cooked telephone;

With me no one could ever tell where humor ended and my congenital fanaticism began, so that people soon got used to letting me do whatever I wanted.

After three days of furiously jerking fortune’s cock it ejaculated in a spasm of gold!

Very rich people have always impressed me; very poor people, like the fishermen of Port Lligat, have likewise impressed me; average people, not at all.

I have never understood the rapidity with which I became popular.

War had transformed men into savages. Their sensibility had become degraded. One could see only things that were terribly enlarged and unbalanced. After a long diet of nitro-glycerine, everything that did not explode went unperceived.

I have never succeeded in learning the alphabet by heart, and when I need to look up something in the dictionary all I have to do is to open it at random, and I always find what I am looking for.

“To rest,” for me, meant to begin immediately to paint twelve hours a day instead of resting.


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from torment

to anguish

and agony


Photoshoot in Iceland by Rafael Pinho

pinho rozendaal iceland

pinho rozendaal iceland

pinho rozendaal iceland

pinho rozendaal iceland

pinho rozendaal iceland

Rafael Pinho .com


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for a very brief moment




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sweet dreamy fluffy pretty

jiggly fuzzy tender yummy

gentle happy cuddly cozy


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out of nowhere

a sudden, unexpected



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that’s not true

that’s what

you remember


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the future




Some photos from a recent trip to Iceland








Quotes from “Keith Haring Journals”

keith haring journals

There is an audience that is being ignored, but they are not necessarily ignorant. They are open to art when it is open to them.

Seeing is making.

My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can.

Computers are completely rational. They save time and money, they can keep records of every transaction (telephone, bank, etc.). Money is the opposite of magic. Art is magic.

I suppose people reading this expect me to write about my work and try to explain what it is I am trying to say, but I really prefer if the work speaks for itself.

The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.

Nothing is important… so, everything is important.

I don’t understand anything. That is, I think, the key to understanding everything.

I think I always sensed it and understood it intuitively, but it is difficult to explain.

I tried, as much as I could, to take a new position, a different attitude about selling things, by doing things in public and by doing commercial things that go against the ideas of the “commodity-hype” art market. However, even these things are co-opted and seen by some as mere advertising for my saleable artworks. I fear there is no way out of this trap.

If you refuse to sell anything you are a non-entity.

The art market is one of the most dangerous, parasitic, corrupt organizations in the world.

I have found the public quite anxious to accept and appreciate my work, while the bourgeois and the “critical art world” is much less receptive and feel themselves to be “above” such work.

Artists pretend to be independent. Artists are, of course, allowed little liberties and even encouraged to be “subversive” and “political”; this only makes the control less obvious while in actuality it is strengthened.

The computer has totally changed the whole concept of what composes and defines a “picture space.” The whole relation between the creator and the viewer has changed. The relationship between the physical gesture of drawing and the resultant image has changed.

My style of drawing is very adaptable to technology. It’s really primitive high-tech.


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country road

duck crossing

cars waiting


Liquid Liquid – “Cavern”

Liquid Liquid is an art-disco band that started in 1980 in Downtown New York. I found out about them when I met their bassplayer (and a visual artist) Richard McGuire a while ago. He told me the stories, it seemed like a cool time with a lot going on.

They are perhaps best known for their track, “Cavern”, which was covered by the Sugar Hill Records house band as the backing track for Grandmaster + Melle Mel’s old school rap classic, “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”. 99 Records took Sugarhill to court over the unauthorized use of Cavern and after an expensive court battle won compensation but before they could collect, Sugarhill went into receivership.

You can read/see the story in comic form here:

liquid liquid cavern