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GALERIE RON MANDOS | Booth 31 At this year’s ART Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents works by six internationally acclaimed artists: SEBASTIAAN BREMER (NL, 1970), IVAN GRUBANOV (SRB,1976), RYAN MCGINNESS (US, 1972), GEERT MUL (NL, 1965), COEN VUNDERINK (NL, 1979) HANS WILSCHUT (NL, 1966) and KONRAD WYREBEK (CZ, 1983).

Sebastiaan Bremer works and lives in New York, he moved there in 1992, where he began to work primarily in black and white, reemphasizing his connection to photography. During his early years he meticulously reproduced personal photographs in paint. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he began experimenting with murals, collage paintings, and drawing directly on photographs, the style which he continues to use today. At Art Rotterdam he will show some of his latest work for which he also explored the use of photography in combination with painting techniques. Bremer’s work is part of several collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, AKZO Nobel collection and the Burger Collection. His artwork has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1 in New York and at Het Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

Ivan Grubanov. who represented Serbia at the 56th La Biennale di Venezia and former Rijksakademie resident, currently shows his new series of paintings, SMOKE NATION SCREEN, in Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. Growing up in Serbia made Grubanov highly aware of the consequences and impact of a disintegrated state. His work examines and questions the notion of nation in esthetic abstract paintings. The artist lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Solo shows include Loock Galerie in Berlin, 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, Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam.

Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living and working in New York. He grew up in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach and studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Known for his original extensive vocabulary of graphic drawings that use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos and contemporary iconography, McGinness creates paintings, sculptures, installations and books. For his ongoing Art History Is Not Linear series, he dives into museum collections from around the world in order to document their artworks and objects into his own work. In 2014 he created the Boijmans series for which he made two hundred sketch drawings based on two hundred objects from the permanent collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The gesture of creating these paintings forces the museum’s collection to fold in on itself. McGinness distils the museum’s collection down to individual units of meaning (symbols) and then rebuild it in nine new works. Especially for Art Rotterdam five of them are being showed at the Industriegebouw in the centre of Rotterdam and one of the paintings in the series can be seen at the fair.  

Geert Mul lives and works in Rotterdam. In the past 20 years he has researched the possibilities of re-combining images from databases in video’s, prints and interactive installations in specialized computer animation. For these purposes Mul is continuously developing software: programs that generate a context related, endless and varying combination of images based on image properties such as content, structure, composition and color. At Art Rotterdam Mul presents his latest ‘lenticular’ prints. The lenticular technique is known from postcards with ridges, if you look at the picture from a different angle, another image is visible. He used five imaging layers which can be seen depending on the position of the viewer. In 2010 Geert Mul won the prestigious Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre. Mul has performed and exhibited his works a.o. in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Institute Valencia Arte Moderne, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Museum of contemporary Art in Chicago, the International Biennial Turijn and Ruhr European Capital of Culture 2010.

Coen Vunderink’s paintings and sculptures are closely connected within his studio practice. His sculptural works function as a motif in his paintings, while he also takes on a painterly approach towards many of his sculptures. The impetus for this cross-pollination is Vunderink’s interest in the genesis, the creation of the work of art, and the interplay of forces that come into effect in order to enable this process. His most recent paintings which will be presented at Art Rotterdam, are variations on the ‘painting as a window’ theme. While using different ways of applying paint - airbrush, casting, scraping, splashing and using expressive brushstrokes- the artist aims to suggest space. Some paintings seem to give a view of what could be a landscape. However, most paintings have closed the curtains. The blinds will be the subject. Patterns, color, folding of the fabric and the sharp lines of Luxaflex create abstract worlds of light, color and suspense. Vunderink straddles the line between material and image, figuration and abstraction, tradition and modernity. His work was shown  a.o. at the Kunstverein Mischpoke e.V. in Mönchengladbach, Germany, the W139 in Amsterdam, Paradise Row Gallery in London and at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Vunderink participated in The Royal Prize for Painting exhibition in 2007 at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and in 2012 and 2013 in the Royal Palace Amsterdam. Vunderink lives and works in Groningen, Netherlands 

Hans Wilschut lives and work in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In his urbanized landscapes, Wilschut shows a recent interest for areas that are changing because of the pressure of globalization. Social and cultural changes, increased activities of tourism, the shifting of the world economy and the demographic growth, which have caused differences and dramatic changes in culture and nature. On the edge of the public and private domain, round ravel borders of cities, Wilschut investigates the areas where changes occur and are made manifest. He does not strive for an objective reproduction of reality. This gives his work a post-documentary character. His urban still lives have most of all a lyric character. His images respond to a world in flux and undergoing globalization. Wilschut presented his photographic works a.o. in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Galeria Dos Casas in Bogota, kadE in Amersfoort and Constant Capital Gallery in Lagos.

Konrad Wyrebek is a British-Polish artist and earned a degree in Fine Arts from London Metropolitan University in 2011, and previous to that, studied Fine Art Painting from Westminster University, London, and Art History and Technology of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. Wyrebek represents and challenges contemporary life and culture through the use of television-, film- and social media-based images, creating abstract video paintings. Before Wyrębek captures the meticulously selected images on the canvas, he performance several digital compression processes onto the images which reduces them to grainy color patches. The processed images are then carefully repainted. Wyrebek examines what the value of the artist's signature is today and the role of new technologies in our society. His work was shown a.o. at Solyanka Art Museum in Moscow, Point Zero Project Space in London, Royal Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art, Clifford Chance Collection in London and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Wyrebek is the recipient of the 2011 Sir John Cass Sculpture Prize, along with both the John Burn Sponsorship Award for 3-D printing and the Metropolitan Works Sponsorship Award for rapid prototyping, both in 2011. Wyrebek lives and works in London.

Also during Art Rotterdam | Ryan McGinness | Art History Is Not Linear
Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 Feb (10 am - 6 pm) at Het Industriegebouw, Goudsesingel 66, Rotterdam | Free entrance

FAIR ARTWORKS

ABOUT Sebastiaan Bremer

Sebastiaan Bremer is renowned for transforming ordinary snapshots into grandly baroque and surreal tableaux by a careful process of retouching and enlargement. Since his first solo show, in 1994, he has exhibited in venues such as the Tate Gallery, London, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, and the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut. He has been based in the United States since 1992.

Although Bremer has always been interested in photography, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that he began to draw directly on the surface of photographs. He has been inspired in part by nineteenth century spirit photography, and fin de siècle Symbolists such as the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and painter Odilon Redon, but his methods partake of advanced photographic techniques. Often he will begin with a simple snapshot of friends or family or familiar places, and after enlarging it far beyond conventional dimensions, he will begin altering and embellishing the image with India ink and photographic dye.

He has often used the ink to produce fine patterns of lines reminiscent of cobwebs, or readings from seismographs. Photographic dyes also enable him to blur and mute some forms while accentuating others, and make some colors bloom while others recede into mysterious darkness. The result is an image that seems to literally vibrate with hidden consequence, as if the subject matter has sent cracks across the surface of the picture. Whilst Bremer’s choice of images inevitably grounds his work in his own biography, his imagery also makes reference to alchemy, art, and the occult, establishing unexpected connections between ordinary life, history, and the unconscious.

Sebastiaan Bremer lives and works in New York. He studied at the Vrije Academie, The Hague, and Skowhegan School of Art and Sculpture, Maine. He has published two major catalogs: Monkey Brain (2003), and Avila (2006). His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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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 Ryan McGinness

“I’m trying to communicate complex and poetic concepts with a cold, graphic, and authoritative visual vocabulary. I concentrate on shape, line, color, and composition to communicate within simplified picture planes. As such, the work resides somewhere between abstraction and representation.

At the essence of our being is the need to know and the need to understand. I am interested in our need to read into and interpret—to make sense of chaos and give meaning to seemingly abstract forms. This interpretation involves an egocentric faith in the fact that there must be a meaning for us to understand. We surrender our logic to the belief that answers do indeed exist, and so, by default, we invent them. With my work, interpretations are not absolute, but guided, to allow for multiple reads. This allows the viewer to bring to the work his own history, memories, and knowledge to find a personalized meaning.”
— Ryan McGinness, 2005

Ryan McGinness’s work consists of an amalgam of icons and symbols. Drawing from his background in the design industry, Ryan McGinness’s work resolves the clinical graphic aesthetics of media as vast, contemplative fields of intimate meditation. It incorporates strong social commentary on iconography, language, and historical and contemporary symbolism. His graphic drawings and personal iconography are replicated, recontextualized, and materialized infinitely throughout his densely layered paintings.

Born and raised in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach, Virginia, McGinness moved on to study at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as an Andrew Carnegie Scholar. During college, he worked at the Andy Warhol Museum as a curatorial assistant, which inevitably influenced his proclivity toward pop and graphic aestheticism. Known for his original extensive vocabulary of graphic drawings that use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos, and contemporary iconography, McGinness creates paintings, sculptures, and environments and fabricate the iconography of contemporary experience as spiritual and timeless.

McGinness’s work can be found in such art institutions as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Cincinnati Art Museum, and private and corporation collections including the Neuberger Berman Collection, the Schwab Family Collection, and the Charles Saatchi Collection.

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ABOUT Geert Mul

Media artist Geert Mul (b.1965) studied at the Academy of the Arts at Arnhem where he specialized in computer animation (1985 graduated 1990). Since 1993 Mul lives and works in Rotterdam, Holland.

For almost 20 years now Mul has researched the possibilities of re-combining images from databases in video’s, prints and interactive installations. For these purposes Mul is continuously developing software: programs that generate a context related, endless and varying combination of images based on image properties such as content, structure, composition and color. In his recent work, Mul is developing a critical artistic perspective on ‘data mining’ and ‘data visualization‘.

From 2000 on Mul has exhibited site-specific installations and art-works in Holland (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam), U.S.A. (Museum of contemporary Art Chicago), Italy (Biennale for emerging Artists Torino), Spain (Sonar, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, IVAM), France (Catier Foundation Paris) India (National Gallery of Modern Art), Japan (Museum of Modern Art Kyoto), China (3rtd Triennale-Chengdu) and South Africa (Soweto, Grahamstown)

Between 2003 and 2011 Mul has produced over fifteen commissioned interactive installations in public spaces including the Nederlands Photo Museum, several schools and the Middelburg city hall. In 2010 Geert Mul won the prestigious Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre.

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ABOUT Hans Wilschut

Hans Wilschut lives and work in Rotterdam, Netherlands

In his urbanized landscapes, Hans Wilschut shows a recent interest for areas that are changing because of the pressure of globalization. Social and cultural changes, increased activities of tourism, the shifting of the world economy and the demographic growth, which have caused differences and dramatic changes in culture and nature.

On the edge of the public and private domain, round ravel borders of cities, Wilschut investigates the areas where changes occur and are made manifest. He does not strive for an objective reproduction of reality. This gives his work a post-documentary character. His urban still lives have most of all a lyric character.

His images respond to a world in flux and undergoing globalization.

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ABOUT Konrad Wyrebek

Konrad Wyrebek is a British-Polish artist and earned a degree in Fine Arts from London Metropolitan University in 2011, and previous to that, studied Fine Art Painting from Westminster University, London, and Art History and Technology of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. Wyrebek represents and challenges contemporary life and culture through the use of television-, film- and social media-based images, creating abstract video paintings. Recent exhibitions include PUBLICPRIVATE, Armory Art Week, New York (2014),Painting in Relation, Solyanka Art Museum, Moscow (2014), Flesh Reality, Point Zero Project Space, London (2013), Question of Sport, Royal Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art, Clifford Chance Collection, London (2012), and CutOut, Sotheby's Institute of Art, London (2011). Wyrebek is the recipient of the 2011 Sir John Cass Sculpture Prize, along with both the John Burn Sponsorship Award for 3-D printing and the Metropolitan Works Sponsorship Award for rapid prototyping, both in 2011. He has recently exhibited works from his Data Error series at The C Collection, curated by Vittoria Broggini at MiArt Milan and at the Dallas Art Fair in Dallas, Texas. Wyrebek lives and works in London.

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