Tim ter Wal (1984) started drawing at the age of 3. While he could not yet talk, he managed to express himself through his drawings. Working with chalk on the blackboard became a means to create peace in his mind, as well as a way to process his stimulated imagination from impressions gained on the way to school.
Ter Wal’s website opens with a declaration demonstrating his pride in his creative talent. 'I will be honest right away. I was born as an autist. Many people think that autism is a disorder, but I see it as a gift.’
His inspiration is taken from the world around him. From driving in the car, taking a walk, flying to the Canary Islands, these impressions are transformed into fine pencil drawings made without glasses, a magnifying glass or a ruler. Ter Wal did not have any art education, he is completely self-taught.
In recent years he has mainly drawn on A3 paper in black and white. If he wants to draw bigger, he simply sticks the sheets together. One A3 drawing takes him about a month to complete, and is always started at the bottom left before progressing outward. In Ter Wal's work, a number of subjects often return - architecture, industry, urban landscapes and decay. For this exhibition a small selection of architectural and industrial drawings was chosen.
Finissage: Thursday 10 January 2019, 6 pm
New presentations of mainly young design talent can be seen in the foyer of Het Nieuwe Instituut every few weeks. It is a way of highlighting a striking design or innovative research, whether or not it is connected with the current exhibition and debate programme of Het Nieuwe Instituut.