Mirrors / Mirages | Public Opening

Galerie Ron Mandos is delighted to invite you to the public opening of Mirrors / Mirages, an exhibition that delves into the ability of light to both reflect and refract reality. In the exhibition, we present new works by Lieven Hendriks, James Turrell, Ann Veronica Janssens, Brigitte Kowanz, Iván Navarro, Troika, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, and Jonny Niesche, in which sources of light are both generated, dispersed and obscured. We are happy to show you our new exhibition on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6 between 12:00 – 6:00 PM. The exhibition runs from June 5 through July 10.

To ensure your safety regarding the COVID-19 virus, we still make use of the Eventbrite booking system. Click here or on the button below to reserve a time slot for the public opening.

RSVP Here | Public Opening

For more information about the exhibition, click here to visit the exhibition page.

ABOUT Lieven Hendriks

Lieven Hendriks takes everyday subjects in which the human touch is visible as a starting point for his work. For example, he paints nails in walls, stars and vases cut out of paper, and finger drawings on foggy windows. By using trompe l’oeil effects, his flat canvases appear as loosely stretched linens, deceiving the eyes of the viewer. In his work, Lieven Hendriks, plays a game with the nature of observation. His paintings anticipate how we look at art, how we focus our attention, and how this process is affected by surrounding circumstances. In this way, his work touches directly on the essence of painting and the value attached to it.

Creating hyperreal illusions requires mastery of one’s technique. When seeking to deceive his audience, Hendriks pulls out all the stops to make his work absolutely lifelike. Nothing is allowed to interfere with the illusion. For the artist, painting amounts first and foremost to a conscious demonstration of the highest professional skill. He uses his technical virtuosity to make the viewer think about the way we are used to look at paintings. Although his images seem to be crystal clear at first, they actually make us doubt through their ambiguity.

Lieven Hendriks (1970) studied at the HKU in Utrecht and was a resident at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. His work is part of many renowned international collections, including Museum Voorlinden, ESMoA Los Angeles, and the Centraal Museum in Utrecht.



ABOUT James Turrell

James Turrell (USA, 1943) has worked directly with light and space for over half a century, to create artworks that engage viewers with the limits and wonder of human perception. Turrell considers the sky as his studio, material and canvas.The artist is most well-known for his Skyspaces, chambers with an aperture in the ceiling open to the sky. The simple act of witnessing the sky from within a Turrell Skyspace, notably at dawn and dusk, reveals how we internally create the colors we see and thus, our perceived reality. Turrell has installed works in twenty-two countries and in seventeen US states that are open to the public or can be viewed by appointment.

James Turrell lives and works in Arizona, US. He is represented by Häusler Contemporary, Zürich.


ABOUT Ann Veronica Janssens

Ann Veronica Janssens (BE, 1956) adopts the visual languages of science and minimalism. Her work suggests that all perception is fragile at best. Creating installations, projections, immersive environments, urban interventions, and sculptures, Janssens explores the sensory experience of reality. Space, distribution of light, radiant color, and translucent or reflective surfaces all serve to reveal the instability of our perception of time and space. She explores properties of matter and physical phenomena in order to destabilize ideas about materiality. Janssens took part amongst others in the Venice Biennale in 1999 and the Sydney Biennale in 2012. In 2018, she had a large survey exhibition in De Pont in Tilburg and more recently, in 2020, the Danish museum Louisiana dedicated an exhibition to her.


ABOUT Brigitte Kowanz

Brigitte Kowanz (1957-2022) is known for her evocative sculptures, installations, and environments with a decidedly non-physical medium: light. Since the early 1980s, she has been exploring both the utilitarian and conceptual resonances of light with neon tubing, LED bulbs, aluminum, mirrors, and text. She draws upon such multidisciplinary sources as advertising, architecture, film, music, and the history of painting for inspiration. Through her use of mirrors, Kowanz aims to break down the boundaries between art and life, drawing viewers into her illuminated visions. Kowanz studied from 1975 to 1980 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She has been Professor of Transmedial Art there since 1997.


ABOUT Iván Navarro

Iván Navarro (CL, 1972) is a conceptual Chilean sculptor. His work utilizes neons, mirrors, and optical phenomena to convey complicated textual information, usually pedagogical in nature and politically charged. His time spent living under a Chilean dictatorship shapes his choice of subject matter—specifically that of electricity, which has been used as a tool of torture, execution, and political dominance in Chile, with power regularly cut off as a means to foster isolation and subservience. His work has garnered international attention, with Navarro participating in important numerous exhibitions across the globe, including at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Egeran Gallery in Instanbul, and Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris, among numerous others.

Navarro is born in 1972 in Santiago, Chile, he lives and works in New York, NY. He is represented by Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris.


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 manipulate our experience and understanding of the world. They challenge our assumptions and ask the question why we know what we know, and whether this knowledge is certain.

As Troika experiments with new ideas and processes, the artists work across media including light, soot, water, dice and electricity. Their work often presents a double, deceptive nature, at once deliberate and spontaneous, calculated and random, allowing Troika to explore ideas around man made structures, control, repetitive actions and systems and how these coincide, conflict, or unite with the unpredictable, the unknowable, and irrational.

Troika’s work is part of the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou, Paris; M+, Hong Kong; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA, New York; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; 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.


ABOUT Sarah van Sonsbeeck

Sarah van Sonsbeeck’s (NL, 1976) work is two-sided: on the one hand, she tries to define, defend and extend private space; on the other, she simultaneously reveals the impossibility and perhaps even undesirability of being completely shut off from the world. Her work focuses on the thin permeable line between interior and exterior – without concern for the façade. This detour brings her to an investigation of a more immaterial side of architecture, in which she scrutinizes all the small elements that determine how we live in our homes, the things the architects cannot control. She amplifies these elements and devises shields against them, but also welcomes the unpredictable. Van Sonsbeeck studied architecture at TU Delft (MA) and art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (BA). Her work was amongst others on show at De Nederlandsche Bank; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Musem Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Sarah van Sonsbeeck lives and works in Amsterdam. She is represented by Annet Gelink Gallery in Amsterdam.


ABOUT Jonny Niesche

Jonny Niesche, born in 1972 in Australia, is a contemporary artist known for his vibrant abstractions that blend painting and sculpture. His unique art style involves using paint and reflective materials like glitter, mirrors, and translucent fabrics. Niesche’s pieces are dynamic, changing in appearance with the viewer’s position, challenging the concept of static art objects. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2007 and Master of Fine Arts in 2013 from the University of Sydney.

Niesche’s work is heavily influenced by the teachings of Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig and the performative aspect of painting. His artworks, which can be wall-mounted or suspended, often display a geometric plane with a gradient of colors. His influences range from German artist Isa Genzken, color-field painters Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and Minimalist artists Donald Judd and John McCracken, to the light and colors of Californian and Australian landscapes.