1. Last week: JASPER DE BEIJER at AGG (Solo show)

    Reminder:
    The Admiral’s Headache
    at Asya Geisberg GalleryLast week (until the 15th of May)

    Go to the online viewing room HERE

    Review on Hyperallergic

     

    John Yau, Independent art journalist at Hyperallergic wrote a stunning review HERE:

    Quote from John Yau from the article (about Brigadier):

    “In “Brigadier” (C-Print, 39.37 by 52.76 inches, 2019), de Beijer has photographed a headless figure lying on a bed that appears to be outside. The shutters on the window behind him are geometrically divided into four triangles, echoing the emblem on the containers in “Refinery.” The brigadier’s uniform and skin have been brought into clarity by the highly detailed, printed surface that de Beijer has applied to his carefully built-up volumetric form.
    The fact that we see his calves, a hand, and a forearm, but that he is headless, is strange and unsettling, especially as the artist has placed a hat above the empty collar, supported by what looks like a crooked stick rising up from the back of the empty uniform. In fact, there are no faces in the photographs, only empty uniforms. “Brigadier” is downright weird, oddly funny, somewhat creepy, and unnerving.
    Why can’t we see the Brigadier’s face? Is he a surrogate for one part of Dutch history, at once visible and gone? What is the present’s relationship to the past? Aren’t different nations at a crucial juncture as they try to shape and reshape their bonds with the past? These are issues that de Beijer makes visible without becoming didactic. That he moves so nimbly from one subject to another — from a refinery to a brigadier lying in bed to a night sky lit up by glowing paths culminating in explosions that reveal the land plantations and slave huts below — is what convinced me that he is a major artist whose challenging work should be better known in America.” 

     

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    Virtual Studio Visit (from May 1st)
     

    Jasper de Beijer and Asya Geisberg discuss the artist’s latest photography series “The Admiral’s Headache”, on view at the gallery through May 15, 2021. Directly from his studio in Amsterdam, De Beijer shows examples of his paper models and background material, and explains his ideas, research, and process behind the series.
    The photographs in “The Admiral’s Headache” reference 18th-century hand-colored engravings. From a distance, these photographs look like seamless colonial paintings, but up close the tell-tale clues of the cut paper reveal themselves. The new series expands on the artist’s familiar themes of Dutch colonialism and the way that the media romanticizes, simplifies and conflates history and cultural attitudes.
    Watch the studio visit HERE

     

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    Sketch for ‘Brigadier’ from ‘The Admiral’s Headache’

    ASYA GEISBERG GALLERY 

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    537B West 23rd Street
    New York, NY 10011

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    Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-6pm

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  2. Jasper de Beijer at Asya Geisberg Gallery (Solo)

     

     

    Asya Geisberg Gallery presents

    The Admiral’s Headache

    by Jasper de Beijer

     

    April 10 – May 15, 2021

    Go to the online viewing room HERE

     

    Asya Geisberg Gallery is proud to present “The Admiral’s Headache”, the fourth solo exhibition of photographic works by Jasper de Beijer. The new series expands on the artist’s familiar themes of Dutch colonialism and the way that the media romanticizes, simplifies and conflates history and cultural attitudes. De Beijer chooses subjects for their strong visual mythology, and past series have included mythical encounters between natives and explorers in the jungles of Brazil, the Dutch East Indies, and contemporary Africa. In each series, the artist becomes steeped in research and image collection both on the ground and at home. De Beijer then combines digital sketching, drawing, 3D modeling, and sculpture to create stand-alone photographs. Every object in this series is first designed in a game-modeling software, then printed as a flat 2D blueprint, cut out and folded, and finally reconfigured as 3D paper miniatures on a scale-model landscape. The photographs in this series reference 18th-century hand-colored engravings, and from a distance could be colonial illustrations. But upon closer viewing, the meticulous hand-drawn lines are imbued with an eerie sci-fi quality. The tell-tale clues of the cut paper reveal themselves: creases and folds in costumes, or some remains of glue visible in the clouds.

     

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    Jasper de Beijer
    The Admiral’s Headache: “Refinery”, 2020
    C-Print
    41.73h x 66.93w in
    106h x 170w cm
    Edition of 7 + 1AP
    JDB030

     

     

    The title “The Admiral’s Headache” refers to the story of Albert Kikkert, the former admiral and Governor of Curaçao in the early 1800’s. Kikkert complained that the white facades of the buildings shining in the sun exacerbated his migraines, and ordered that they all be painted the bright shades typical of Curaçao’s waterfront today. During de Beijer’s residency in this former Dutch colony, the artist collected research, focusing primarily on the methodical approach to slavery and capital extraction. De Beijer depicts a desolate, surreal and industrial realm – an island riddled with fantastic machines waiting to be involuntarily powered by extracted human labor. Intrigued by the unique modular, hermetic character of its buildings, ships, tools, and weapons, de Beijer recreated a world where the colonists are hidden players, present but unseen behind imposing mansions. The artist describes the Dutch as being kept comfortable and safe inside the walls, “like an impenetrable cultural cocoon”. The hard shell of the fortress protected the famed Dutch gezelligheid – a coziness, warmth, and conviviality – and kept out anything unseemly or dangerous, much like the reality of slavery’s exploitation could be ignored while living within the Dutch simulacra.

     

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    Jasper de Beijer
    The Admiral’s Headache: “Carriage”, 2019
    C-Print
    43.31h x 43.31w in
    110h x 110w cm
    Edition 3 of 7 + 1AP
    JDB029-2

     

    The stripped-out colonialist lurks around Curaçao with a ghost-like omnipresence, appearing in traces of puffs, gunpowder shots, or magical smoke emanating from fired cannons. But the enslaved people who powered every aspect of this island are left entirely unseen, haunting our collective imagination. De Beijer’s intention is not so much to give a moral judgment on colonialism, but to transform its particularly Dutch aspects into oneiric tableaux.

     

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    Jasper de Beijer
    The Admiral’s Headache: “Cabin”, 2021
    C-Print
    31.50h x 55.12w in
    80h x 140w cm
    Edition of 7 + 1AP
    JDB032

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    ASYA GEISBERG GALLERY 

    The gallery is now open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm. Walk-ins are welcome dependent on capacity; masks are required.

    To reserve a viewing time, click HERE or email INFO@ASYAGEISBERGGALLERY.COM.
    For updates, please continue to check the AGG website, and Instagram at @asyageisberggallery

    537B West 23rd Street
    New York, NY 10011

    VIEW MAP

    Tel: 212 – 675 – 7525
    Email: info@asyageisberggallery.com

    Hours: Tues-Sat, 11-6pm

    Asya Geisberg Gallery accepts payment plans offered by ART MONEY.

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