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Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to participate in Art Brussels 2018. The gallery will present a group show with works by Hans Op de Beeck, Daniel Arsham, Renato Nicolodi, Renie Spoelstra, Boris Tellegen, Levi van Veluw and the collective Troika as well as a solo presentation with new work by Ivan Grubanov.

Group Show

HANS OP DE BEECK (BE, 1969) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.

Op de Beeck lives and works in Belgium. Recent solo shows were at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC), Screen Space (Melbourne) and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Recently Op de Beeck participated in group shows at Centre Pompidou (Paris), MAXXI (Rome) and Belvedere Museum Vienna, among others.

DANIEL ARSHAM (US, 1980) straddles the line between art, architecture and performance. His sculptural works are poetic constructions made up of juxtapositions of form and material. Arsham offers a brief glimpse into our current culture and its signifiers, as if seen far off into the future.

Arsham is a New York City based artist raised in Miami. His work has been shown at PS1 (NYC), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Miami), The New Museum (NYC), Mills College Art Museum (Oakland) and Carré d'Art de Nîmes among others.

RENATO NICOLODI (BE, 1980) seeks to evoke a universal sacredness in his work. His sculptures and paintings form mental beacons for people who live in an age where society has gone into overdrive. The works are visual anchors that invite the visitor to reflect and meditate.

Nicolodi lives and works in Belgium. His work is included in the public collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the city of Genk, the city of Lokeren, Achmea, Houthoff Buruma, the former Design Vlaanderen, as well as in many international private collections.

RENIE SPOELSTRA (NL, 1974) uses film footage as a starting point for her charcoal drawings. The series Longing (Island) is inspired by footage made on La Palma. The depicted natural forces appear balanced as the dead point of the swing, a moment to hold one's breath. For Spoelstra these moments evoke a deep existential desire or longing.

Spoelstra lives and works in the Netherlands. Her work has been exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and Rijksmuseum Twenthe (Enschede). Her work has been included in renowned collections such as MACBA (Barcelona), Centraal Museum Utrecht, and Museum Voorlinden (Wassenaar).

BORIS TELLEGEN (NL, 1968) investigates the tension between schedule and happenstance; the semblance of order schematically undone by chaos. He captivates the spatial relationship between the real and the conceptual in a geometrical style with perspective.

Tellegen lives and works in the Netherlands. The exhibition UnPlot is on show at Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, until 5 May 2018. Recent exhibitions include MIMA (Brussels), Les Abattoirs (Toulouse), Amsterdam Museum and Palais de Tokyo (Paris). In 2017 Tellegen created a series of sculptures between Amersfoort and Utrecht in the framework of De Stijl's centenary celebration.

LEVI VAN VELUW (NL, 1985) creates layered multi-disciplinary pieces that possess a strange, unreal beauty with no perception of time, space and reality. Many of his works feature a combination of grids and geometric forms, which explore the idea of a deep immeasurable space.

Van Veluw's work has been exhibited widely in international museums and institutions, such as Museum of Sound and Image (São Paulo), Centraal Museum Utrecht and Beit Ha'ir Tel Aviv Museum (Tel Aviv). His work is included in both public and private collections such as the Borisan Collection, the Caldic Collection and the KPMG art collection.

TROIKA is a collective formed by Eva Rucki (GE, 1976), Conny Freyer (GE, 1976) and Sebastien Noel (FR, 1977) in 2003. With a particular interest in the subjective and objective readings of reality and the various relationships we form with technology, their works challenge our prescriptions of knowledge, control, and what it means to be human in an age of advanced technology.

The members of Troika live and work in London. Their work is part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), MoMA (NYC), The Art Institute of Chicago and the Israel Museum (Jerusalem).

The group show was partly supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Solo Show 

IVAN GRUBANOV (SRB, 1976) is constantly trying to innovate the medium of painting. Being born himself in a country with a turbulent past, he became intrigued by the articulation of historical memory against contemporary conditions. In the solo presentation COUNTERPICTURING he creates a site-specific installation dealing with the complexity of the political body taking control over reality through revolt.

Grubanov represented Serbia at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015). Recent solo shows include the National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), Laboratorio 987 at MUSAC (León) and the Gallery of the Belgrade Cultural Centre. Recent group exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art (Krakow), Witte de With (Rotterdam) and the 10th Istanbul Biennial.

 

 

ABOUT Boris Tellegen

Boris Tellegen (NL, 1968) began his artistic career using his pseudonym on the streets in the 1980s. Tellegen always treated the two dimensional frame of the letter and the word as sculpture, bursting out or morphing into the wall, piercing its boundaries by adding a dimension. By combining the reliefs of his practice with his education in industrial design, he soon started to create three-dimensional work on the intersection of architecture, painting, sculpture and installation.

In his body of work made over a thirty-year span, Tellegen explores how to transcend the boundaries of walls by annexing, deconstructing and recomposing them, to ultimately disregard them in recent installations. Through the ever-fluctuating shape of his work, Tellegen continues to disrupt our perception of surface and space.

Boris Tellegen received his education in Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (NL, 1988-94). Tellegen has exhibited widely in European, North American and Australian museums, institutions and galleries. Recent exhibitions include MIMA, Brussels (BE, 2017), Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (FR, 2016), Amsterdam Museum (NL, 2015) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR, 2014). Tellegen regularly creates commissioned sculptures in the public spaces. A recent example is a series of sculptures between Amersfoort and Utrecht in the framework of De Stijl’s centenary celebration (NL, 2017).

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ABOUT Daniel Arsham

New York based artist Daniel Arsham work explores the fields of fine art, architecture, performance, design and film. Raised in Miami, Arsham attended the Cooper Union in New York City where he received the Gelman Trust Fellowship Award in 2003.

Soon thereafter Arsham toured worldwide with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as the company’s stage designer. The experience lead to an ongoing collaborative practice which continues as Arsham works with world renowned artists, musicians, designers, and brands.

Arsham’s uchronic aesthetics revolves around his concept of fictional archaeology. Working in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film, he creates and crystallizes ambiguous in-between spaces or situations, and further stages what he refers to as future relics of the present. Always iconic, most of the objects that he turns into stone refer to the late 20th century or millennial era, when technological obsolescence unprecedentedly accelerated along with the digital dematerialization of our world. While the present, the future and the past poetically collide in his haunted yet playful visions between romanticism and pop art, Daniel Arsham also experiments with the timelessness of certain symbols and gestures across cultures.

In 2008, Arsham co-founded Snarkitecture with architect Alex Mustonen. Snarkitecture is a collaborative design practice established to investigate the boundaries between the disciplines of art and architecture. Snarkitecture focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials, structures and programs to new and imaginative effect. The studio's work includes installations, architectural environments and objects for a diverse range of clients such as Beats by Dre, Calvin Klein, COS, Design Miami, Gufram, Kith, New Museum, and Valextra.

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ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck (Be) produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts. His work is a reflection on our complex society and the universal questions of meaning and mortality that resonate within it.

He regards man as a being who stages the world around him in a tragi-comic way. Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses, and invite them to really experience the image. He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder, silence and introspection.

Hans Op de Beeck was born in Turnhout in 1969. He lives and works in Brussels and Gooik, Belgium. Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world.

He has had substantial institutional solo shows at the GEM Museum of Contemporary Art of The Hague, The Hague, NL (2004); MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, B (2006); Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL (2007); the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, US (2010); Kunstmuseum Thun, CH (2010); Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos, ES (2010); Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, IRL (2012); Kunstverein Hannover, D (2012); Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, USA (2013); the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL, USA (2013); FRAC Paca, Marseille, F (2013); MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Boston MA, US (2014); MOCA Cleveland, OH, US (2014); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, D (2014); Screen Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); Espace 104, Paris, FR (2016); Art Unlimited, Basel, CH (2016); Kunstraum Dornbirn, Dornbirn, AU (2017); Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE (2017); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, DE (2017); Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, Polignano a Mare, IT (2017); ...

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ABOUT Ivan Grubanov

Ivan Grubanov (SRB, 1976) has enjoyed an intense training as an artist, starting out at the Belgrade Academy of Fine Arts, followed by training programs and residencies at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, the Delfina Studios in London, Casa de Velazquez in Madrid and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. The artist is constantly trying to innovate the medium of painting. Being born himself in a country with such a turbulent past, he became intrigued by the articulation of historical memory against contemporary conditions. What does his heritage still means for him today? And in a broader sense how do past cultural values still exist in our current globalised society. His process-oriented painterly method evolves into a podium for knowledge production, persistently posing challenging questions about social and political realities. Ivan Grubanov has established his international career through numerous solo, group, and biennial exhibitions worldwide, as well as many artistic and scholarly awards.

Solo shows include Laboratorio 987 at MUSAC in Leon, Le Grand Cafe Centre d’Art Contemporain in St Nazaire, Gallery of the Belgrade Cultural Center and Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art in Den Haag, Nogueras Blanchard in Barcelona.
Participations in group shows include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Kiasma in Helsinki, the 3rd International Festival of Contemporary Art of Algiers, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, the 1st Thessaloniki Biennial, Stedelijk Museum CS, SMART Project Space and De Appel in Amsterdam, the Drawing Center and Apex Art in New York, City Gallery in Prague, the 50th Belgrade October Salon, the Spa Port Biennial in Banja Luka, the 3rd Bucharest Biennial of Young Artists, Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana, the 3rd Tirana Biennial, the 3rd Biennial of Quebec, Kunsthalle Bern, Office Baroque and Extra City Kunsthal in Antwerp, Aeroplastics in Brussels, South London Gallery, ARCOS Museum in Benevento, Museum De Beyerd in Breda, Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Museu Colecção Berardo in Lisbon, Iaspis in Stockholm.

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ABOUT Levi van Veluw

Levi van Veluw was born in the Dutch town of Hoevelaken in 1985 and  studied at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem.

Since graduating in 2007, Levi van Veluw has produced multi-disciplinary works that includes photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. This varied body of work has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards.

The artist first became known in 2008 with his solo exhibition Landscapes at Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. This coincided with him being awarded the International Photo Award in New York for the photo series "Ballpoints", and the selection of one of his video works for the Whitstable Biennale UK.

In 2010, the work of the artist was showcased in a series of major museum exhibitions, including the exhibition "Dead or Alive" at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem and Ars Electronica in Linz.

2013 saw the publication of the book "Origin of the Beginning". This singular book is a work of art in itself, published in an edition of 1000 hand-signed copies. The book, which is widespread among collectors and enthusiasts, provides an overview of the artist’s work from 2006 to 2013, a rich oeuvre that includes photographs, drawings, installations, sculptures and videos.

The work of Levi Veluw has been exhibited internationally in leading museums and institutions, and is included in both public and private collections, including the Borusan Collection, Museum Voorlinden collection, the Ekard Collection and KPMG. In addition to his work in his individual practice, Levi van Veluw has also worked on commissions for private clients. In this way, he has collaborated, in 2012, with curator Marc Coetzee on the film “Family” in the frame of the "Films4peace" project. In 2014, van Veluw created for Hermès a life-sized site-specific installation for one of their main windows in Shanghai. Van Veluw’s works have also been widely shown at international art fairs such as, among others, The Armory Show New York, Art Brussels, Volta Basel, Unseen Amsterdam and the Barcelona Loop Fair Barcelona.

The work of Levi Veluw is widely appreciated, including in the popular media. As such, the work has been presented in radio and TV programmes such as Arte TV and VPRO Radio, and in more than 150 printed publications, including, among many others, Domus magazine, Interview magazine, Arte Al Limite and Frame Magazine. Prominent newspapers such as the Financial Times, the Volkskrant, NRC and the New York Times have showcased and discussed his work.

More information can be found on the website www.levivanveluw.nl.This site presents all the artist’s work in chronological order, with accompanying information.

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ABOUT Renato Nicolodi

The architectural work of Nicolodi is clearly monumental. The artist is inspired by classical architecture, which he uniquely processes. It is only when the viewer steps onto the work and inspects it from close range, that he can obtain a clearer understanding of the work, as if he is invited to take part in a visual and physical search within the architectonic forms he has created. Different vantage points and views reveal subtle games of light gradations with the constantly recurring subjective black space, that remains inaccessible for the viewer, coaxing one into reflection. Pure formalistic language is given an almost sacred priority.

Renato Nicolodi's work can be found in Moma San Francisco, collection of the province of Oost- Vlaanderen (BE), collection of the province of Vlaams-Brabant (BE), collection of the city of Genk (BE), collection of the city of Lokeren (BE), Achmea collection (NL), collectie of Houthoff Buruma (NL), the Design Vlaanderen Collection (BE) and many international private collections.

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ABOUT Renie Spoelstra

 

Renie Spoelstra uses film footage as a starting point for her charcoal drawings. The suede like and velvety texture is achieved by the many layers of charcoal, which are skilfully positioned on top of each other to re-create an almost cinematographic scene. The balance between darkness and soft beams of light is rendered through the many shades of black and grey, creating a notion that something may be lurking below the surface. Spoelstra’s deft, artistic sensitivity has created moods through landscape throughout her career.

The arduous process begins with a journey. For close to a decade, Spoelstra has travelled to coasts, lakes and beaches throughout the United States of America, looking for landscapes that speak to her. Once she has found these locations, she films the scenes, and using the stills from the footage she is able to move on to the next phase of conveying this personal representation of a geographic location.

Spoelstra looks for an atmosphere, and it is this atmosphere that she tries to re-create in her drawings. The dark hues, empty landscapes and sheer size of the works evoke an existential, melancholic sentiment, and allows for the viewer to lose oneself in each piece. Although these works are reproductions of real places, and are not imagined sceneries, the soulful nature of the drawings, and dark depths, reveal a personal interpretation of the artist’s emotion.

Themes of intensity, secrecy and mystery are reoccurring in Spoelstra’s works. There is an alluring and mythical feel of a place. The series ‘Stretching Universe’ refers to the scientific fact that our universe is expanding, while here on earth it feels as though it is shrinking with the rise of xenophobia, narrow-mindedness and the continuous threats of climate change. Fleeing, or escaping to nature is not as easy as it may seem.

Renie Spoelstra (1974) has studied at MFA Post-St. Joost, Breda and at the Academie Minerva in Groningen. She has exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad. Highlights are presentations at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Her work has been included in renowned collections such as MACBA Barcelona, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Cobra Museum, Teylers Museum, Museum Voorlinden, Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Guerlain Fondation, and many other (private) collections.

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ABOUT Troika

Troika is a collaborative contemporary art practice formed by Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) in 2003.

With a particular interest in perception and spatial experience, their collective works challenge our prescriptions of knowledge, control, and what it means to be human in an age of technology.

Troika’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum London, The Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA New York and the Israel Museum. In 2010, Troika was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to produce three site-specific installations for the UK Pavilion, designed by Heatherwick Studio, at the Shanghai Expo. In 2014 Troika was selected to present their work ‘Dark Matter’ at Unlimited, Art Basel.

Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel live and work in London.

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