FROM KOLAJ 29
The Scrap Wood Collages of an Amsterdam Artist
Over the past five decades, Amsterdam born and based artist Bob Bunck has produced a remarkable and varied body of work that trips across various mediums. He operates with “the free mind of the artist” unattached to medium, technique, or material. He once created a large-scale installation of a star in a circle with only carrots and cabbage heads. “My philosophy, concerning the free mind of the artist, implicates that freedom of choice for any material should be an undisputed starting point,” he wrote. “Only with that freedom, one can travel through one’s own mind freely and surprise oneself, and maybe others. That to me is a necessity on being an artist.” In Kolaj 29, Ric Kasini Kadour profiles the artist.
The power of Bunck’s work comes from a practiced understatement and raw minimalism: small artistic interventions that turn debris into heaven.
Bob Bunck is a self-taught artist, who has worked as a photographer since 1968 and as a full-time professional artist since 1977, with work in painting, photography, collage, assemblage and frescos. He has been commissioned by private collectors, for public projects by the city of Amsterdam and the village of Paleohora, Crete, and businesses including de Zaan Cocoa and Pentascope. His work is in numerous private collections, as well as the collections of the Stedelijk Museum and the Academic Medical Centre, both in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Amsterdam. Learn more about the artist at www.bobbunck.nl.