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Galerie Ron Mandos is delighted to present Isaac Julien, Hans op de Beeck, Jacco Olivier, Anthony Goicolea and Renato Nicolodi at Art Düsseldorf 2017.

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ART DÜSSELDORF 2017

The opening hours of Art Düsseldorf are as follows:
Thursday November 16:      Official Opening
Friday November 17: 12.00 – 19.00
Saturday November 18: 11.00 – 19.00
Sunday November 19: 11.00 – 19.00

Location
Booth C09, Areal Böhler, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

ISAAC JULIEN (UK, 1960) is an award-winning British filmmaker and internationally renowned artist. His works straddle the border of different artistic disciplines, creating powerful visual narratives. He has been nominated for the Turner Prize, and his works have won several international awards. At Art Düsseldorf we will be showing works from his series Stones Against Diamonds, set in Iceland and based on the Brazilian architect and art critic Lina Bo Bardi’s letter to her husband.

He was visiting lecturer at Harvard University’s Schools of Afro-American and Visual Environmental Studies, a research fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and faculty member at the Whitney Museum of American Arts. Julien is represented in both major public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Guggenheim Collection; Hirshhorn Collection, Washington D.C.; and the Louis Vuitton Art Foundation, Paris. In 2013, a monograph of his career to date, Riot, was published by MoMA, NY.

 

HANS OP DE BEECK’s (BE, 1969) spatial works, sculptures, site-specific installations, videos and photos of scenes of everyday life are deconstructions taken from their original context. Op de Beeck is subtle and somewhat romantic in his work. It is not just the high degree of care he takes in carrying out his technique, but his focus on small, often subconscious actions, such as silence, a look, a gesture, a symbol that alienate but also evoke a sense of enchantment.

Op de Beeck has shown his work extensively in solo and group exhibitions around the world. The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg; GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, MUHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp; Kunstverein Hannover; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; and Sammlung Goetz, Munich. His work has been invited for the Venice Biennale, Venice; the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai; the Aichi Triennale, Aichi; the Singapore Biennale, Singapore; Tate Modern, London; amongst many others.

 

JACCO OLIVIER (NL, 1972) works and lives in Amsterdam. Olivier attended the Rijksakademie and defines himself as a true painter. He uses video techniques to explore the process and act of painting. The moving images in his screenings show the process he went through in painting and offers a journey through the many layers of paint on the canvas. On show his latest work Heritage that depicts painterly space. Olivier: “It shows the earth seen from above, a river, maybe a palm tree in the snow, or simply moving painterly marks, it fixes position and gives a perspective. It’s a circular fly-over, a space where the subject of painting lives.”

 

Olivier has been featured in recent solo exhibitions at Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianpolis; GEM, The Hague; Madison Square Park, New York; and Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, among others. He has been shown in group exhibitions, including Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede; and the 56th Venice Biennale, Venice.

 

ANTHONY GOICOLEA (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics – a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.

The artist has exhibited widely, at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington.; International Center of Photography, New York; Groninger Museum, Groningen; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

 

RENATO NICOLODI’s  (BE, 1980) architectural and sculptural work is monumental. The artist is inspired by classical architecture, which he takes as inspiration to create his own visual language. 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, moving one into reflection. Pure formalistic language is given an almost sacred priority.

Nicolodi’s work has been internationally exhibited, including at PROPORTIO, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; Underneath, Architect@work in Vienna, Copenhagen, and London; and Museum Beelden-aan-Zee, The Hague. Nicolodi’s work is included in many public and private collections.

 

For inquiries or additional information, please contact Nick Majoor:
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ABOUT Isaac Julien

Born in 1960, London, UK
Lives and works in London, UK and Santa Cruz, CA

Isaac Julien, CBE RA is a critically acclaimed British artist and filmmaker. In 2018, Julien joined the faculty at the University of California Santa Cruz where he is a distinguished professor of the arts and leads the Isaac Julien Lab together with Arts Professor Mark Nash. Current and recent international solo exhibitions include: Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi — A Marvellous Entanglement, CentroCentro (Panorama Madrid), Madrid, Spain, on view until 29 August 2021; Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour, McAvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco (2020–2021); Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi — A Marvellous Entanglement, MAXXI, Rome (2020–2021); Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats, Neuberger Museum, New York (2020); Isaac Julien: Frederick Douglass: Lessons of the Hour, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah (2019); Looking for Langston at Tate Britain (2019); and Playtime at LACMA (2019). Julien has previously exhibited at venues including Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), Art Institute of Chicago (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2012), and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005). Julien is the recipient of The Royal Academy of Arts Charles Wollaston Award 2017 and was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2017.

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ABOUT Hans Op de Beeck

Hans Op de Beeck was born in 1969 in Turnhout, BE
He lives and works in Brussels, BE

Hans Op de Beeck 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 and silence.

Over the past twenty years Op de Beeck realised numerous monumental ‘sensorial’ installations, in which he evoked what he describes as ‘visual fictions’: tactile deserted spaces as an empty set for the viewer to walk through or sit down in, sculpted havens for introspection. In many of his films though, in contrast with those depopulated spaces, he prominently depicts anonymous characters.

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

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ABOUT Jacco Olivier

Jacco Olivier was born in 1972 in Goes, The Netherlands
He lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jacco Olivier fuses painting and filmmaking by repeatedly reworking paintings in generous casual brush strokes and systematically photographing each development. The various stages are combined into projected animations. The resulting films are enigmatic and experiential – moving in and out of abstraction they reveal the traces and decisions made by the artist in the process of painting. While there is a clear and quite complex process involved in their creation, Olivier does not set a thematic agenda for the works, or for their relationship to one another. The films are instead imagined as windows onto converging, and often elegantly simple, moments of daily life – a bus journey, a swim in the ocean, or a walk through the woods. At this convergence of painting and cinema, however, lies an uneasy tension, a feeling that something is about to happen or has just happened that is unexpected and beyond our control.

Jacco Olivier is a graduate of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. He has exhibited worldwide, notably at ZKM, Karlsruhe; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY; Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht; MCA Denver, CO; The 56th Venice Biennial, Venice; Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem; New York City Center/New Museum, New York, NY, and GEM, The Hague. His art is held in many public collections, including Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; the Honart Museum, Tehran; the Zabludowicz Collection, London, and the Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL. In 2019, he was awarded the Jeanne Oosting Prize for figurative painting in The Netherlands.

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ABOUT Anthony Goicolea

Born in 1971 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Lives and works in New York

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics – a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.

His diverse oeuvre encompasses digitally manipulated self-portraits, landscapes, and narrative tableaux executed in a variety of media, including black-and-white and color photography, sculpture and video installations, and multi-layered drawings on Mylar. Best known for his powerful, and often unsettling, staged photographic and video works, Goicolea made his artistic debut in the late 1990s with a series of provocative multiple self-portrait images. These early works featured groups of young boys on the threshold of adolescence, acting out childhood fantasies and bizarre rituals of revelry and social taboo in highly staged domestic or institutional settings or dense, fairy-tale forests. Revealing a playful self-consciousness, they often consisted of complex composites of the artist himself, in all manner of poses and guises. Soon thereafter, Goicolea garnered international attention with his ambiguous, yet strangely compelling, landscapes, ranging from dream-like woodland environments to vast, unforgiving urban and industrial wastelands. The artist has created several series of digitally composited, and heretofore uncharted, topographies, often populated by bands of masked and uniformed figures.

In recent series, many of the images are devoid of humans, although the landscape reflects an anonymous and increasingly tenuous human presence. In these works, primitive lean-tos and crudely constructed shanties coexist in an uneasy union with the technological vestiges of an industrialized society. Suggesting a world on the brink of obsolescence, these chilling images further cement the pervasive undercurrent of human alienation—from one another as well as the natural environment—that can be traced throughout the artist’s work.

Anthony Goicolea has exhibited widely, notably at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois; the International Center of Photography, New York and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid. Goicolea’s art is held in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; The Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Yale University Art Collection, Photography, CT; the Museum of Contemporary Art of Castile and Leon, Spain;  21c Museum, Louisville, KY, the Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection, among others.

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ABOUT Renato Nicolodi

Renato Nicolodi was born in 1980, in Anderlecht, Belgium
He lives and works close to Brussels, Belgium.

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 studied Audiovisual and Fine Arts at Sint-Lukas in Brussels, and is a laureate at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Gent. His work can be found in the SFMOMA, San Francisco; Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen; the collection of the province of Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium; the province of Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium; the city of Genk, Genk; The city of Lokeren, Lokeren; Ekard Collection, Wassenaar; Achmea collection, Zeist; Houthoff Buruma, Amsterdam; Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection, and many other international private collections.

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