ABOUT THE FAIR
Galerie Ron Mandos is excited to be participating at Art Rotterdam 2021. This first physical art fair presentation in over a year encompasses a selection of works by Maarten Baas, Koen van den Broek, Ron van der Ende, Inti Hernandez, Brigitte Kowanz, Jacco Olivier, Hans Op de Beeck, Renie Spoelstra, and Levi van Veluw. Greatly influenced by the lockdown, the artists show new steps and experimentation within their practice.
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Dutch artist Maarten Baas (1978) shows his Real Time Confetti Clock from 2020. The artwork features a man sweeping colorful confetti off the floor in a clockwise motion, living up to the ‘party’ theme while correctly showing us what time it is. The Confetti Clock was created before the corona pandemic, in a time we moved from party to party, when everything was still allowed and celebrated. The work also refers to the carnival festivities and the beginning of the carnival season at 11:11 AM on the 11th of the 11th month. At 11:11 AM sharp, there is a confetti explosion, marking the beginning of the sweeper’s performance.
Koen van den Broek
Belgian artist Koen van den Broek (1973) finds his inspiration in being ‘en route’ and his work is nurtured by dozens of road trips. Using his own snapshots, the artist creates the basis for his paintings, and in a manner that is to the point and functional. Unlike a sketchbook, the photographic images serve as a reminder and record interesting lines, structures and twists in the landscape he has observed. They are formal recollections of what he has perceived and inspire his search for abstraction within the figurative.
Ron van der Ende
Dutch sculptor Ron van der Ende (1965) specializes in wall mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. Van der Ende uses this method to conjure up images of cars, airplanes, and spectacular landscapes. For Art Rotterdam 2021, the artist created a round sculpture depicting the Tremola San Gottardo, the longest road monument in Switzerland.
For Cuban artist Inti Hernandez (1976), art is a medium to create conversation and dialogue. The nature of his work embodies collaboration. He seeks meaning and triggers reflection through his artistic process and interaction with those who engage with his work. Within Sendero de vida (Encounter Place series), Hernandez invites the viewer to enter a miniature theater where one can join and watch each other. The sculpture explores the social implication of background, culture, gender, belief and self-initiative and how these factors shape our perception and helps us determine the course of our life.
The practice of Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz (1957) centers around the ability of light to carry information. Her messages can be read through letters in neon or morse encoded in the graciously flowing strips of light. The morse code within Instagram 06.10.2010 refers to the date on which Instagram was launched. Other works in the Infinity and Beyond series, which Kowanz presented at the Venice Bienniale of 2017, refer to other important moments in the history of the digital revolution, such as the launch of the World Wide Web and Facebook.
Dutch painter Jacco Olivier (1972) unites abstraction and figuration by bringing together different layers of paint. In his animations and paintings, the artist layers different projections on top of each other by bringing variety to volume and color. Central to Olivier’s work is what ‘painting’ can do and particularly what a painter can do with a minimum amount of resources and effort. With just a few short and smooth brush strokes, Olivier makes impressions of a flying swan or his dream of an unexplored world.
Hans Op de Beeck
The Belgian multidisciplinary artist Hans Op de Beeck (1969) shows a selection of sculptural works, all in his iconic and archetypical monotone grey color. Lily is a sculpted, classic still-life of a most slender table with a draped tablecloth and a vase with a graceful branch with lily flowers. The extreme verticality of the work emphasizes its vulnerability as well as the feeling of the flowers reaching up to the sky. The Manor House, Backyard is displayed on a traditional camera tripod. The box opening onto familiar views of everyday settings invite viewers to engage in an intimate voyeurism.
Dutch artist Renie Spoelstra (1974) used to travel a lot for her work, going to locations worldwide to film and take pictures of dreamy, mystical landscapes. This year’s travel restrictions made her reconsider her artistic practice. While walking the dog with the family, she started reappraising the beauty of the Dutch landscape. In a new series of vertical charcoal drawings of trees reflected in ponds, she focuses on reflection and the water’s depth. Symbolically, these images bring clarity and wisdom in a world that is turned upside down.
Levi van Veluw
Dutch multi-disciplinary artists Levi van Veluw (1985) presents new clay sculptures in the tradition of Beyond Matter. Within this series of blue polymer works, Van Veluw investigates the relation between the rational, the spiritual and the material. By making images of religious artifacts and showing how they are created, the artist questions our desire to make faith tangible. In one of his newest ‘altar pieces’, he adds a dynamic element to the series by incorporating mechanics, hidden from view inside the clay sculpture.