ABOUT THE FAIR

Sebastiaan Bremer, Mohau Modisakeng, Geert Mul, Ron van der Ende, Jasper de Beijer, Troika

Van Nellefabriek, Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam

GALERIE RON MANDOS | Booth 31 

At this year’s ART Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents works by six internationally acclaimed artists: TROIKA (DE, 1976, DE, 1976 and FR, 1977),  GEERT MUL (NL, 1965), MOHAU MODIKASENG (SA, 1986), RON VAN DER ENDE (NL, 1965), JASPER DE BEIJER (NL, 1973) and SEBASTIAAN BREMER (NL, 1970).

Troika is a collaborative contemporary art practice formed by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel 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. 

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 specialised 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 colour. 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.

Mohau Modisakeng was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2009 and worked towards his Masters degree at the same institution. He was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award for 2011 and has exhibited at VOLTA NY, New York (2014); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11, Basel (2011) and Stevenson, Cape Town (2010). In 2013 Modisakeng produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town and SAATCHI Gallery, London as well as significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA.

Sebastiaan Bremer works and lives in New York, he moved there in 1992, where he began to work primarily in black and white, reemphasising 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.

Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He specialises in wall mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. The original colour and texture of the wood is utilised to form a gripping and realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. Van der Ende uses his method to conjure up dark industrial and space age imagery.

Jasper de Beijer graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts in 1996. He went on to attend the final year of the Autonomous Design program of the Utrecht School of the Arts, where he graduated in 1997. During his time at the academy, De Beijer was a fanatic freehand sketcher, and this was also when the artist first started using scale models and carefully assembled tableaux as material for drawings and paintings. De Beijer’s full length photo series Buitenpost marked the first time he used models and staged scenes as a starting point for manipulated photographic images. He has since completed a total of eleven projects, all of which he built from the ground up in his Amsterdam studio.

ABOUT Sebastiaan Bremer

Sebastiaan Bremer’s artistic career spans across disciplines and media, but he has become particularly renowned for his ability to transform pre-existing images into ornate, dreamlike tableaux through a careful process of enlargement and intricate hand painting that results in completely unique works.

The use of found imagery as a basis to explore ideas about time and memory has long been central to Bremer’s practice, and in the late 1990s he began experimenting with drawing directly onto the surface of photographs. Initially working with snapshots of family members or familiar places, Bremer developed his signature technique of printing the pictures in an enlarged format—well beyond conventional dimensions—and then altering and embellishing the underlying scene with delicate patterns of dots and strokes using India ink and photographic dye, or applying splashes of paint.

Over the past decades, Bremer has used this approach to create a progression of distinct bodies of work, expanding the scope of his source materials from purely personal moments to an array of images that have captured his imagination or held significance in his life. These range from adaptations of Rembrandt etchings to Brassaï’s photographs of Picasso’s studio and Bill Brandt’s series of close-up images of his famous subjects’ eyes, as well as the vintage lithographic flower prints used in Bremer’s Bloemen series.

Whether starting from the work of an iconic artist or revisiting his own family albums, Bremer’s choice of visual documents is rooted in his biography. Hints of his native Holland permeate his work, from his appreciation of the way light falls across a room reminiscent of a Vermeer interior to the exquisitely painted addition of a pointillist feather or flowers to a contemporary photograph that transports the viewer to the world of Dutch Old Master paintings. In engaging with images of others, he is constantly investigating his own memories and thoughts, weaving a dialogue between the underlying photograph and the marks he uses to transform but never completely obscure it, thus creating a physical representation of the confluence of our inner and outer lives.

Sebastiaan Bremer studied at the Vrije Academie, The Hague and Skowhegan School of Art and Sculpture, Maine. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been the subject of three major catalogs: Monkey Brain (2003), Avila (2006), and To Joy (2015), and has been exhibited in such venues as the Tate Gallery, London; the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; and the Aldrich Museum, Connecticut. Bremer’s work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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ABOUT Mohau Modisakeng

Born in 1986 in Soweto, South Africa
Lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Material, metaphor and the black body are the tools that Mohau Modisakeng uses to explore the influence of South Africa’s violent history that has been ignored in today’s society, on how we understand our cultural, political, and social roles as human beings in post-colonial Africa and in particular post-apartheid South Africa. Represented through film, large-scale photographic prints, installations and performances, his “work doesn’t start off with an attempt to portray violence but it becomes mesmerising because although we might recognise history as our past, the body is indifferent to social changes, so it remembers.”

Born in Soweto, an epicentre of black urbanity and cosmopolitan culture, the multi-award winning Mohau Modisakeng is a product of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art. Mentored by Jane Alexander and predominantly working and training in sculpture, he completed his undergraduate degree in 2009 then completed his Masters degree at the same institution. He was awarded the SASOL New Signatures Award for 2011 and has exhibited at Armory Show, New York (2016); Saatchi Gallery, London (2012); Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar (2012); Focus 11 and Basel (2011). In 2013 Modisakeng produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. His work is included in public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town and SAATCHI Gallery, London as well as significant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA.

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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 Ron van der Ende

Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He 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 his method to conjure up dark industrial and space age imagery.

His work was shown a.o. at Ambach & Rice Gallery, Dallas, Museum; Voorlinden, Wassenaar; de Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Kuenstlerhaus, Dortmund; Groninger Museum, Groningen; Stadthausgalerie, Munster; Dallas Art Fair; The Armory Show in New York; OkOk Gallery in Seattle, and Ampelhaus in Oranienbaum.

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