Ron Weijers - Radical Pacifism project - 2016-2017
Weijers developed the Radical Pacifism project in order to reflect on his aversion or antipathy to the use of violence in any form for any purpose. As a conscientious objector, who refuses to fight in any war for moral reasons, he takes active steps to undermine the principal of war with his work and to promote permanent and universal peace.
History lessons learned us that important thinkers like the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, the political and spiritual leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi and the Baptist minister, Martin Luther King, amongst others, contributed to pacifist ideology and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom worldwide with their efforts to promote the ideal of peaceable arbitration in the affairs of nations and the creation of an international institution to achieve that.
Reviewing a worldwide climate of inflaming violence and it's obvious consequences, laid-back absorbed from a cosy armchair as presented by a large variety of conveniently censored news-broadcasts, Weijers managed to construct a very individual concept and style that is trademarking his new works. His visualisation and his philosophy on the Radical Pacifism concept, can be enigmatic in parts. Quite often they are deliberately dark and dazzling at the same time and mostly contain a highly potent mixture of symbolism that in his opinion works as an immersion booster. Weijers seems to integrate historical, political and religious content as effortlessly into his works as walking a very fine semiotic and semantic line alongside a kind of experimental abstract poetry of the moment and he is able to bestow a certain kind of aura on his works. His goal is to transfer his views and thoughts to the public and to stimulate an open dialogue and discussion related to the Radical Pacifism concept and works.
Weijers explores the ideas of transformation and contradiction. The process of making the work is fundamental to developing a visual language through which he can communicate the feeling of experience to the viewer. His works define and redefine the meanings of process and transformation. Bringing elements of chaos and dissonance into a state of harmony, each work matures into a fully realized presence.
During the process of making his works, Weijers re-constructs and re-activates his materials and likens his work to that of building a relationship: a series of attempts at intimacy with the work, of fallen expectations, of failures and finally, of surrender. It is in the suspended spaces between the swaying of depicted figuration and abstraction, that his worlds take shape. His work acts as a rhythm of color, of possibility, of realization and as a sorting structure through which the artist makes harmonies within the chaos around him. Weijers translates his creativity and visions into multi-layered works of art that reflect a characteristic abstract language of signs and shapes. Within his works he reveals a deeper meaning and reflects his view on contemporary issues. By reaching a state of liberation from existing patterns, the interplay of lines is dominated by the metamorphosis which conceals the evaluation of his work from the source. The spectator's fantasy is stimulated by the intuitive and specific combination of color, material and shape, thus seducing the spectator towards an alternative view on this world.