Next week Galerie Ron Mandos will present the following artists during The Armory Show in New York:
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.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the fair!
Team Ron Mandos
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.
The Empire Project is proud to present Jasper de Beijer’s exhibition at its gallery:
Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver
Opening at the 15th of January at 18.00 hrs
About Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver
In 1986, 18-year-old Christopher Knight trekked into the woods. He remained there for the next 27 years, avoiding all contact with other people. Ultimately, Knight was forced back into society when he was arrested for burglarising nearby holiday cabins.
But for decades, the ‘North Pond Hermit’ remained hidden in his improvised camp. He didn’t even make a fire for fear of being discovered. Knight’s only information about events in the world at large came from a small, battery-operated radio.
Knight was more or less untouched by the visual deluge of the past three decades. When he pictured in his mind the events discussed on the radio, Knight had to make do with what he remembered from before leaving. In his dark forest clearing, Knight recast our recent past in a private, increasingly self-contained world of memories.
Jasper de Beijer has attempted to achieve a similar detachment in his series Mr Knight’s World Band Receiver, consciously withdrawing from the iconic imagery that accompany so many of the events of the past 30 years. The pictures that came out of this are a kind of artefacts of an inner reality – or blueprints of an alternate history.
The Empire Project will also show images of Jasper de Beijer’s previous body of work:
Wir sind das Gedächtnis
The dream that was Germany in 1871 is over. The passion and concerted effort that had brought unity to the nation were torn apart by a frustrated Kaiser and a sociopathic dictator. The cities of the former kingdom of Prussia, the cultural heart of the nation, were razed to the ground. Today, after decades of nursing their wounds and repairing the destruction, these centres have recovered some of their former glory.
The artist recently made a study tour past some of the locations that played such a dramatic role in Europe’s recent history. Viewing the reconstructed cityscapes, he wondered how often you can demolish and rebuild a structure before it loses its identity. He imagined a town that has been destroyed for the umpteenth time, and a community that tries to erect a silhouette of its culture from a vague recollection of its past. Using only the primitive means left at their disposal, the townspeople strive to recover their identity, rebuilding their city with the same determination that they shared in former times – an echo of an idealised past.
The exhibition runs from the 14th of January untill the 24th of February 2015
The Empire Project
10 Siraselviler Cd
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34433 Taksim, Turkey
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COMING UP: JASPER DE BEIJER at Asya Geisberg Gallery New York