Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty. Burggravenlaan 40. B - 9000 Gent
MARJOLIJN DE WIT / JOSEPH JESSEN / EMIL HOLMER
Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty invites you to the opening of the new season with the group show ‘Aibohphobia – Proposals for A Heterotopian Interior’ featuring recent paintings by Marjolijn De Wit, Joseph Jessen and Emil Holmer. Although from a sculptural and installation background, all three artists have developed a passion for painting, implementing a unique, fresh and daring use of colour, as well as an exceptional way of dealing with space, shadow and perspective. They visualize interiors/exteriors that constitute a free space for reflections on society, consciousness, emotion, chaos and life as a whole: a kind of other-place or ‘heteropia’.
Marjolijn de Wit (NL) creates surreal landscapes that question our urge to control the world and, in doing so, endanger life, nature, and thus society. She composes her paintings by working from a process of collage with objective photographical sources, i.e. her immense collection of National Geographic magazines dating from the 70’s until now. Recurring themes in her work are the possible disasters presented by global warming and genetic manipulations.
Antwerp-based German artist Joseph Jessen revaluates the own living and working space, or as in his case – the artist studio, as the main source of inspiration by using the chaos that surrounds him. A cardboard box with rubbish, stacks of records and books or a ceiling turned upside down are tools to create a very own and strangely structured environment that acts like a tribute to artistic freedom.
For Emil Holmer (Sweden) the most legitimate free space for dark fantasies seems to be the video store, a space where every desire and emotion can virtually be fulfilled. This inspires Holmer to create a very unique and fantastic, cruel but also funny imagery, reminding by far of the comic book style of Robert Crumb, as well as the figurative period of American painter Philip Guston. The fact that Holmer has been living in Berlin for some years already adds to the touch of German expressionism in his paintings. Holmer succeeds in creating a very personal and contemporary take on the underground culture of society while integrating elements of both 20th century high and low culture.
All three artists have in common a straightforward and unrestricted attitude towards painting, with a pleasure for the medium and the experiment within. Marjolijn De Wit is already known in her home country with work in several public collections, such as Collection Fontys and Océ. De Wit has been invited to the prestigious Rijksacademie, Amsterdam for a 2-years residency. The work of Joseph Jessen was just recently highlighted in Bozar Brussels with his exhibition at Freespace. Emil Holmer is a much acclaimed artist in Sweden, but is now also starting to show abroad. In September he will be participating in the group show “L’Homme Nu”, curated by Aurélie Voltz, in Montreuil .
In the second space of the gallery Gent-based Romanian artist Florin Buta will show an overview of recent water colour drawings selected by Hans Van Heirseele (Croxhapox Gent). The presentation acts as an interesting and subtle counterpart to the painting show. Buta studied at the Academy in Gent after graduating at the Academy of Bucharest, exemplifying how different academic backgrounds can create a rich synergy through the diversity of its cultural origins.
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