SHIFT / THE UNDOING
Sarah van der Pols and Jeroen Witvliet
16/07/2017 - 13/08/2017
Sarah van der Pols
'Shift / The Undoing'
16/07/2017 - 13/08/2017
Opening: zondag 16 juli, 15.00 - 17.00 uur.
Artist-in-residence Vincent van GoghHuis
Vrijdag 30 juni 2017, 17.00 uur
Het Vincent van GoghHuis heeft het genoegen u uit te nodigen voor de opening van de expositie van Jeroen Witvliet op vrijdag 30 juni 2017 om 17.00 uur in de Van GoghGalerie Zundert.
Jeroen Witvliet heeft in juni 2017 als ‘artist-in-residence’ gewerkt in het gastatelier van het Vincent van GoghHuis. De resultaten daarvan zijn t/m 30 juli 2017 te bewonderen in de Van GoghGalerie
Vincent van GoghHuis
Markt 26-27, 4881 CN Zundert
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wo – vr 10 - 17 uur
za – zo 12 - 17 uur
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4881 DA Zundert
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All Tomorrow's Parties- Comox Valley Art Gallery
All Tomorrow's Parties- Comox Valley Art Gallery
Using red as his primary colour palette, Witvliet has created expansive paintings that evoke the mythological, the historical or some possible future.
This new body of work is a continuation of my Wayfarer and Sighting series in which I explore what dislocation and the adaptation of a nomadic existence might look like and/or feel like as subject, viewer or participant. Through the manipulation and creation of ‘could be landscapes’ filled with referential (symbolic) objects, we are lead through what could be described as the memory of history – history not in the past tense but rather as a promise – one kept, broken or projected into an unknown future.
As subject/viewer/participant we are invited to contemplate the landscape, the arrangements, the purpose and the connections between images. The landscapes might seem familiar, as if we have wandered through them before. Alternately a sense of recognition might arise through another connection such as a film, a visualization from book, or a childhood memory.
The paintings are intended to leave us hanging – like the feeling one gets when thinking that something else or something different could or should have been said, or wishing that you had taken another route or been more receptive to another.
Are we mere spectators or fully involved in all that plays out around us – part of the party or standing uninvited at the door? In All Tomorrow’s Parties there is a sense of loss – the viewer/participant is late and the party is over. And then the promise made to the spectator to become a participant shifts once more back to that nomadic existence. Grasping at straws and moving on.
Exhibition January 21 - February 25 2017
Opening Reception January 21 2017
Artist Talk January 21 2017
Make Art Project January 21 2017
Artist Talk at North Island College, Feb. 7 2017
The day to day flow of observation, reaction, politics, inter personal relations, desires , conflict and reflection, exposure to a barrage of imagery, ideas and news, passions and refusal to accept while linking multiple pasts into the contemporary inform the paintings of Jeroen Witvliet, who, in response stubbornly embraces that which could be called the Poetic.
It is through his practice that Jeroen Witvliet is hoping to stumble across a different way to make a connection with reality, to go beyond the immediacy of the first meeting and explore the realm that opens up when focusing more intently and repeatedly on a contemporary encounter. Linking these encounters to history, uncertainty of memory, notions of truth, power, dominance and manipulation in an attempt to get to the beyond of what we can describe, speak of or can define form an integral part of Witvliet's research and practice.
The whispering areas where the paint dissolves into something else, the silence in between the lines, the images at the periphery always escaping our focus and a certain unease permeates his work.
"My work is the exploration of visuals, in paint, related to the everyday of others. With a sense of wonder, anger and frustration, humor, loss, romanticism and at times sarcasm this project allows for the material quality of paint to become, be and fail. Painting's discarded and often challenged right to be combined with a stubborn refusal to leave and play nice has come as close to the other as can be, or so it appears."
Within his practice Witvliet attempts to find what lies beyond that of what he can speak or can define. It is through his practice that he is hoping to stumble across a different way to make a connection with reality, to go beyond the immediacy of the first encounter and explore the realm that opens up when focusing more intently and repeatedly on a contemporary encounter. For Jeroen, memory drives many of the images that he creates. Shifting moments, historical uncertainty and a desire to understand human relations creates doubt and questions the ability to remember and connect fully to time and history. The day to day flow of observation, reaction and reflection, linking multiple pasts into the contemporary leads him to stubbornly embrace that which could be called the Poetic.
Witvliet undermines the first acceptance of the image as a container of observation, association and possible truth. "It might be a faint attempt to question realities follies and our relationship to the visual on my part, but this questioning is a necessity for me. I will be damned if I trust my own senses to be informing me of a factual understanding of the world". The painted surfaces shift constantly as if they were slowly fainting memories being replaced by different interpretations and a new way to mediate the visible world. Many times the surface is darkened and reduced to an almost monochromatic surface where everything and nothing takes place. Witvliet uses a wide range of images and sketches as a starting point for paintings and drawings. Many of these images come from memory. When he thinks about a particular event it might become connected to other places and times. The images are therefore manipulated further; information is being added, removed or obscured. At times Witvliet only draws and paints from memory having the image quality become obscured as if a filter has been applied. The surface of the painting can vary in quality from smooth to scraped and textural.
"The passing of time obscures and manipulates the memory of an event and our understanding of reality. Experiencing the now is linked to that most peculiar way time is being felt differently at certain occasions and is experienced many a time differently between individuals depending on circumstance. Time and reality are in my view linked in-explicitly. Whatever it is I try to represent becomes the more interesting to me when it escapes definition and becomes in it self not just referential but infused with a sense of defiance, the poetic, the unexplainable".
Mark Ruis 2015
As a way of investigating space and an in attempt to understand my position and reaction to place, history, relationship of any form, art and current situations I paint.
Recently I have focused on debris piles and their ambiguous origins.
The piles are recognized to be accumulations of a history that might still be visible or might be obscured. The situation that led to the formation of the pile has become an enigma. If anything the piles have become an abstraction. In their form and shapes landscapes can be discovered. The remnants of events and situations have become the basis for a new landscape. Faint echoes of shelters, ribs, pallets, trees and roots all create a sense of the presence of a raft. A raft lost at sea, a raft that attempts to provide shelter. The raft of the Medusa by Gericault has served as a starting point on occasion.
I used to use a wide range of images of piles as a starting point for the paintings and drawings. The images are being manipulated; information is being added or removed. Barricades erected in the streets become indistinguishable from piles of construction site materials left after the building of houses. Humans are removed from the scenes to further strengthen the removal from direct reference. All drawings and paintings are now done from memory. Many have a form of shelter built into them.
I have been intrigued by the way piles, statues and memorial sites are a result and expression of a time bound, subjective interpretation of history.
Temporary events are constantly related to and measured against previous situations, history and art history. Events, especially current, seem the last hooray of an incubation period. Images of barricades thrown up in the street seem to talk about the tensions that grew under the surface, accumulating in a reaction. Shelters that are erected throughout cities speak of another form of incubation and reaction.
While working on ideas in a studio, my creative process is responsive to the world and is equally subjected to and informed by an incubation period.
When painting and drawing greenhouses I am creating sheltered situations. These are structures that protect and nourish seedlings. When I roam through a city I find many places of temporary shelter, created out of many different materials. These don’t shelter growth but mainly the outcasts. The density of the piles is being contrasted with the glass surfaces of the greenhouses. My approach is one of lyricism, using the structures as symbols. In them I create situations that are sometimes poetic, sometimes unbelievable. In this series I am giving myself the freedom to manipulate whatever grows inside the sheltered situation and hijack the structures that are left as debris piles. I do what I feel is necessary to make a drawing or painting that functions on many different levels.
It has become unclear if a pile references defeat, victory or apathy or if a greenhouse holds the promise for a future.
Jeroen Witvliet 2011
BR I D G E
BR I D G E
at the Slide Room Gallery, Victoria BC
October 7 at 1800
OPEN SPACE, Victoria BC Canada
Event: Realities Follies
Opening: Friday, January 9 to Saturday, February 21, 2015
Exhibition: Friday, January 9, 2015
Realities Follies surveys the work of five painters; Jeremy Herndl, Todd Lambeth, Rick Leong, Neil McClelland, and Jeroen Witvliet.
Curators Lynda Gammon (UVic Visual Arts Department) and Wendy Welch (Vancouver Island School of Art) observe: “We live in an image-world. Selfies on Facebook, instant sharing on Instagram, and photo albums on Flickr, all demonstrate our intense desire to re-present our world. Through the practice of painting, the artists in this exhibition, each in their own way, are re-presenting and interrogating the meaning of representation, and in turn, questioning our ways of perceiving reality.”
Realities Follies opens Friday evening at 7:00 pm, January 9, 2015 at Open Space. The artists and curators will meet in a panel discussion on Saturday, January 17 at 2:00 pm.
Day / Night / Day At Zerp Galerie, Rotterdam The Netherlands
21/06/2015 - 19/07/2015
Contemporary Art Gallery
Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 120A
Day / Night / Day
Paintings: Jeroen Witvliet
Photography: Jan de Bruin, Fiona Weir, Tineke Schuurmans, Wouter le Duc
Sculptures: Jeroen Kuster
KELOWNA ART GALLERY, Kelowna BC CANADA
Jeroen Witvliet: Wayfarer
July 25 to Oct 18, 2015