The pictorial unconscious – JACCO OLIVIER

Even though painting and moving image art do not represent space and time in the same way, in a significant part of the video production process, that has occurred from the origins of this medium until the present, emerges the ‘pictorial unconscious’ that becomes the principal leimotif of this exhibition.

Illumination, color, composition, iconography or staging inform us of a shared vocabulary between both mediums that are extremely interrelated in the works of current video artists in the Sorigué Collection, such as Bill Viola, William Kentridge, Marco Brambilla, Mat CollishawJacco OlivierGer Van Elk or Marina Alexeeva, whose video creations establish a retroactive dialogue with some of the most esteemed works in the collections of theMuseu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

The film director Erick Rohmer put it very bluntly: “All organization of forms in the interior of a flat surface stems from prictorial art” and Nam June Paik, one of the pioneers of video art, expressed it in a comparable way: “In the same way that a collage has substituted oil painting, the cathode ray tube will replace the canvas”.

In The pictorial unconscious, the video creations establish a retroactive dialogue with some of the most esteemed works in the collection of theMuseu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

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ABOUT Jacco Olivier

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.

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