There are some people out there with a vision so precise, an articulation so immaculate and an aesthetic sensibility so flawless that no extensive amount of explanation needs to be made to attribute their qualities. Their work is pure and truly original by nature—it kind of lives a life in its own world. Meet Rafaël Rozendaal and Violent Power.
You might, of course, subjectively disagree with me (you’re more than welcome to) and you might not agree that his work has all the specific qualities listed above. But to me his work is truly unique. He’s communicating from a universe he created himself, where every new project reveals a new location/chapter/story to the grand vision. All held together by a deadpan kind of sense of humor which makes every project a little bit more lovable, as if that was even needed in the first place.
I envy the simplicity and the sense of humor in Rafaël’s work. I envy the confidence and I envy the personality. Most of all I envy the aesthetic sensibility which, in the context of our daily work, is often (ignorantly) discarded as shallowness or hollowness.