1. Jasper de Beijer at Unseen Amsterdam

    At the booth of Ron Mandos, Jasper de Beijer will present a selection of his new project, ‘The Brazilian Suitcase’


    jasper de beijer - The Brazilian Suitcase part I -#5


    About ‘The Brazilian Suitcase':


    Popular stories about journeys in search of a lost civilisation tend to have a common theme. The adventurers’ expedition into the unknown ultimately leads to their demise. In his latest project The Brazilian Suitcase, Jasper de Beijer has superimposed a number of such accounts to create an artistic ‘blueprint’ of this phenomenon. Many people have been driven by ambition, curiosity and greed to seek the remains of ancient civilisations in the Amazonian jungle. Over the centuries, the process has repeated itself over and over, and these quests have left numerous traces in the once-virgin rainforest. The Brazilian Suitcase presents an imaginary tribe living in the heart of the rainforest. Its members have appropriated the paraphernalia of the European invaders, rearranging this fragmentary information in a distorted reflection of the modern world. The Brazilian Suitcase focuses on three different points in time. De Beijer has created images that show the gradual integration of the explorer’s physical and mental residue, while simultaneously exploring the imaginary setting that he has constructed for this narrative. The first part of the trilogy is inspired in part by archive material donated to De Beijer by the surviving relatives of a Dutch archaeologist. The artist has used this footage as a starting point for an entire virtual environment, which he has built with the aid of 3D software. In the second part of the series, De Beijer will recreate these virtual surroundings in his studio. He will be building a life-size environment that shows the same place recorded in the first series of photos, but 50 years later. This new scenery shows how the once-isolated environment has been transformed over time by the initial incursion. In the third part of the series, De Beijer will travel himself to the dense jungle of the Amazon forest, where he will confront the reality constructed in his studio and on his computer with his experiences on location. The combined trilogy is a visual record of three different expeditions, illustrating the cause and effect of journeys of discovery over a period of 90 years. An imaginary patch of land is gradually transformed into an abstract concept: the distorted reflection of the West’s longing for lost kingdoms and forgotten gods. The Brazilian Suitcase becomes a perpetuum mobile of confrontation and assimilation, mirroring the artist’s own artistic process.


    About Unseen:

    This year Unseen Photo Fair will take place from the 18th to the 20th of September at the Westergasfabriek. 

    Friday 18 September        12.00-22.00
    Saturday 19 September    11.00-20.00
    Sunday 20 September      11.00-17.00

  2. Jasper de Beijer at The Armory Show NY (Group show)


    Next week Galerie Ron Mandos will present the following artists during The Armory Show in New York: 

    Anthony Goicolea Lives and works in New York, USA

    Anthony Goicolea studied Sculpture and Photography at the Pratt Institute of Art. He works in different disciplines including photography, drawing, painting and video. His work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art NY.

    Please click here for: works / website

    Ryan McGinness Lives and works in New York, USA

    McGinness’s work consists of an amalgam of icons and symbols. His work resolves the clinical graphic aesthetics of media as vast, contemplative fields of intimate meditation. It incorporates strong social commentary on iconography, language, and historical and contemporary symbolism. His graphic drawings and personal iconography are replicated, re-contextualized, and materialized infinitely throughout his densely layered paintings. Included in international collections such as Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. 

    Please click here for: works / website

    Aldo van den Broek Lives and work in Berlin, DE

    Van den Broek is known for his huge, multi-layered, outspoken paintings and collages. History, underground, punk and romanticism, architecture and people meet in his works. He is fascinated by the urge of people to strive for safety and freedom simultaneously and the deconstruction that normally follows. In the organic process of Van den Broek, his paintings are constantly transforming. His work are held in many private collections. 

    Please click here for: works / website


    Renie Spoelstra Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL

    The intention of the huge charcoal drawings of Spoelstra is to let the viewer experience an atmosphere of deliberate apathy; hours and days go by in a split second, every moment frozen in time and every moment equal to the other. Consequently, characteristics of actual observations are diminished, making the unique more common and indefinite, so that they can function as a substitute for many similar places. Her works are included in collections as Dreyfus Family, Vervoordt, Guerlain, the Nederlandsche Bank, Caldic, Picardie France and many more. 

    Please click here for: works / website


    Hans Op de Beeck Lives and works in Brussels, BE

    Op de Beeck has developed his career through international exhibitions over the past ten years. His work consists of sculptures, installations, video work, photography, animated films, drawings, paintings and writing (short stories). It is his quest for the most effective way of presenting the concrete contents of each work that determines the medium that the artist ultimately selects. Included in many collections such as The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA. 

    Please click here for: works / website


    Levi van Veluw Lives and works in Amsterdam, NL
    Levi van Veluw studied at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Since graduating in 2007, he has produced multi- disciplinary works that include photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. His works has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards. Included in numerous prominent private and publicly held collections worldwide. 

    Please click here for: works / website


    Jasper de Beijer Lives and works in Amsterdam, NL

    De Beijer is a versatile artist with a distinctive way of working. He is an avid painter and developed scale models which he used as the basis for his manipulated photographic series. Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver is the twelfth project within the artist’s body of work. His works are included in many collections as the Bank of America, Rabobank and Menzis. 

    Please click here for: works / website

    For the press release, please click here.

    For an overview of the presented artworks, please take a look at our private view here

    For direct contact, please send an e-mail to Frederik Schampers, frederik@ronmandos.nl.


    We are looking forward to seeing you at the fair!


    Best wishes, 

    Team Ron Mandos

  3. JASPER DE BEIJER at Asya Geisberg gallery NY (Solo)


    February 5 – March 14, 2015 Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5, 6 – 8 pm


    Jasper de Beijer, 2-28-1993 (from ‘Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver’), 2014. C-Print, 53.94″ x 66.93″, Edition of 7 + 1AP.



    Asya Geisberg Gallery is pleased to present Jasper de Beijer’s photographic series

    Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver. In his newest series, de Beijer adopts the visual detachment of an infamous hermit by recreating important historical events from his viewpoint. MKWBR is the twelfth conceptual project in the artist’s oeuvre, which continually probes various modes of historical media representation. In each series, de Beijer begins with scale models sculpted from collaged hand-drawn materials, forming a unique combination of drawing, sculpture and photography. Whether about Dutch colonialism in the East Indies, the English Industrial Revolution, or the Mexican drug war, de Beijer’s work remains true to each series’ specific point of view.


    MKWBR is inspired by the true story of Christopher Knight, who disappeared into the remote woods of Maine for twenty-seven years. He avoided any contact with the outside world, having only a radio as his source of information. Knight’s imagination was untouched by visual media, and de Beijer tries to approximate this tabula rasa by relying on his own subjective perception of news events such as Chernobyl and Hurricane Katrina, avoiding his usual methodical research and instead using his memories to create an alternate version of reality.


    De Beijer’s scenes contain varying degrees of slippage from our own, media-saturated memories. This distance pushes his work into the realm of folklore or archetype, feeling familiar yet not quite accurate, as if a child has drawn his dreams. In “2-28-1993″, which envisions the conflagration at Waco, TX, the trees are more Brothers Grimm than Texan, and the night sky captures the mix of precision and crudeness that perfectly captures a solitary person’s hyper-focus. The flames leap out in a cartoonishly menacing way, and the building itself is a vague symbol rather than a specific place.


    Responding to Knight’s echo-chamber of only living in his imagination, de Beijer re-enacts his failure to live in the world as it is, or rather as it is represented, and tries, perhaps in vain, to steer us to a wistful place where we sit around a fire and envision tales told by poets and adventurers. Knowing that unlike Christopher we can never erase being sullied by visual saturation, de Beijer nonetheless points to the power of images that occur as much in our personal interpretation as in the iconic reiterations of our media-deluged era.


    Born and based in Amsterdam, Jasper de Beijer graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts and participated in the Autonomous Design graduate program at the Utrecht School of the Arts. His solo exhibitions include The Hague Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Museum Het Domein in Sittard (The Netherlands), Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam), Gallery TZR-Kai Bruckner (Dusseldorf), Hamish Morisson Gallery (Berlin), the Empire Project (Istanbul) and Studio d’Arte Cannaviello (Milan). He is part of a large number of collections, including the Bank of America, the Gemeentemuseum (The Hague), and the Rabobank collection.



    To view images of the exhibition, click here.