Rik De Boe, who also teaches graphic arts and is founder and curator of the Voorkamer in Lier, a contemporary artist-run space, has been making black-and-white charcoal drawings in identical formats for years. Their thickly atmospheric effect reminds one of film images, and in his drawings, sections of façades and interiors, mirrors, windows, and blinds repeatedly encounter each other, revolving not only around perceptual processes, as in a camera obscura, but also evoking memories of images saved in the mind.
»The re-contextualization of an image stands at the center of Rik De Boe’s charcoal drawings. Humble in scale, the works utilize a point of departure embedded in collective memory. The pictorial details depict ordinary yet powerful visual triggers derived from movie stills, daily objects, and so forth in the service of the black and white modulation – leaving memorabilia rather than drawings. Like Xerox copies of our collective consciousness Rik De Boe’s realism reverses interpretation and manifests images as forensic evidence.« (Marc Hungerbuhler, 2010)