JASPER DE BEIJER

THE BRAZILIAN SUITCASE — MANAUS

For the third part of his trilogy ‘The Brazilian Suitcase’, De Beijer will travel to Manaus (Brazil) in February. He will go to the heart of 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.

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, and 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.

JASPER DE BEIJER AT COFA CONTEMPORARY

TZR Galerie is proud to present Jasper de Beijer’s Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver at COFA Contemporary.

In 1986, 18-year-old Christopher Knight trekked into the Maine woods. After pitching an improvised camp, he remained there in virtual isolation for the next 27 years. For decades, the ‘North Pond Hermit’ avoided all contact with other people. He didn’t even make campfires, for fear of being discovered. Knight kept track of what was going on in the outside world by listening to news radio and rock stations on a battery-operated radio. He was ultimately apprehended by the police for burglarizing vacation cabins and a nearby holiday camp. With a radio as his sole source of information, Knight was more or less untouched by the visual deluge of the past three decades. His mental picture of recent events must have been entirely different to the images that are so familiar to us. Knight’s lonely forest clearing, these same events materialized in a self-contained universe. In his mind’s eye, the general, abstract reports on the radio were converted into specific visual details: a kind of ‘reverse empiricism’.

For his new series, the artist decided to keep clear of all photos and other visual input, consciously limiting himself to the bare reports. The images that have come out of this approach – created in response to more or less iconic events in recent history – are uniquely subjective.

The images could just as easily be relating an entirely different story; the blueprints of an alternate reality. Like the stream of consciousness that constantly unfurls in our mind, they are the artefacts of an inner world that at times seems almost random – or that at any rate is entirely personal, in every aspect.

November 19 – November 22 | 2015
Opening : Thursday, November 19, 14:00 – 21:00
November 20 and 21, 11:00 – 19:00
November 22, 11:00 – 18:00

Visiting Address :
Messeplatz 1
50679 Cologne, Germany

COFA Contemporary

http://www.colognefineart.de

TZR Galerie Kai Brückner
Poststraße 3

Galeriehaus im Hof
D-40213 Düsseldorf

T +49 (0)211-9 17 44 89
F +49 (0)211-91 749 43
info@tzrgalerie.de

http://www.tzrgalerie.de/home.html

JASPER DE BEIJER AT TZR GALERIE DÜSSELDORF (SOLO) MUSEUMNACHT AMSTERDAM

Solo Exhibition at TZR Galerie Düsseldorf

TZR Galerie is proud to present Jasper de Beijer’s photographic series Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver.

In 1986, 18-year-old Christopher Knight trekked into the Maine woods. After pitching an improvised camp, he remained there in virtual isolation for the next 27 years. For decades, the ‘North Pond Hermit’ avoided all contact with other people. He didn’t even make campfires, for fear of being discovered. Knight kept track of what was going on in the outside world by listening to news radio and rock stations on a battery-operated radio. He was ultimately apprehended by the police for burglarizing vacation cabins and a nearby holiday camp. With a radio as his sole source of information, Knight was more or less untouched by the visual deluge of the past three decades. His mental picture of recent events must have been entirely different to the images that are so familiar to us. Knight’s lonely forest clearing, these same events materialized in a self-contained universe. In his mind’s eye, the general, abstract reports on the radio were converted into specific visual details: a kind of ‘reverse empiricism’.

For his new series, the artist decided to keep clear of all photos and other visual input, consciously limiting himself to the bare reports. The images that have come out of this approach – created in response to more or less iconic events in recent history – are uniquely subjective.

The images could just as easily be relating an entirely different story; the blueprints of an alternate reality. Like the stream of consciousness that constantly unfurls in our mind, they are the artefacts of an inner world that at times seems almost random – or that at any rate is entirely personal, in every aspect.

Jasper de Beijer – Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver

November 9 | 2015 – Januari 15 | 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, November 6, 18:00 – 21:00

To view images of the exhibiton go to the link below:
http://www.tzrgalerie.de/mrknight.html

TZR Galerie Kai Brückner
Poststraße 3
Galeriehaus im Hof
D-40213 Düsseldorf

T +49 (0)211-9 17 44 89
F +49 (0)211-91 749 43
info@tzrgalerie.de

http://www.tzrgalerie.de/home.html

Museumnacht Amsterdam

Jasper de Beijer at Arti et Amicitiae

On Saturday the 7th of November more than 50 Amsterdam based museums are open from 7PM until 2AM for the annual Museum Night. Apart from seeing the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions there is plenty more to see and do, also for non-Dutch visitors. On this 16th edition you can enjoy live music, DJ’s, dance, performances, film, special tours and food & drinks in the many museums of the city.

For the Museum Night you buy a ticket, which gives you entrance to the more than 50 museums on November 7th and 1 free extra museum visit valid until December 31st 2015 (Artis, Micropia, Harry Mulisch House and Heesterveld excluded, Rijksakademie only during RijksakademieOPEN. Museum Night is organised by N8 | Stichting Museumnacht Amsterdam.

For tickets please go to the link below:
http://museumnacht.amsterdam/tickets/

For more information on the exhibition go to the link below:
http://museumnacht.amsterdam/musea-detail/?225/arti-et-amicitiae

Arti et Amicitiae
Rokin 112, 1012 LB Amsterdam
M: arti@arti.nl

T: 020-6245134
http://www.arti.nl

 

JASPER DE BEIJER AT DOLHUYS MUSEUM

EXPOSITIE ‘ONTMOETINGEN’ IN HET DOLHUYS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VAN 29 OKT TOT 31 DEC 2015

In Het Dolhuys kom je de ander tegen en dus jezelf. Kunst en kennis gaan hier hand in hand. Het is de plek waar je betrokken raakt en waar je verwonderd stilstaat bij de mens. Het onbekende wordt zichtbaar in het Dolhuys, letterlijk in beeld gebracht en verbeeld. De mens is niet alleen maar mooi, ook de donkere kant van de mens zet aan het denken. De tentoonstelling ‘Ontmoetingen’ laat deze waarde van afwijkend gedrag zien.

De bezoeker wordt de vraag gesteld: Hoe waanzinnig ben jij? Vaak heeft men bij het horen van het woord waanzin een negatief beeld. Er wordt al snel gezegd: deze mensen zijn gek of gestoord. De geschiedenis wijst uit dat deze personen inderdaad vaak achter slot en grendel werden gezet, minder vaak ziet men ook de schoonheid en waarde van waanzin. Wanneer wijkt iemand af van de norm en waarom is juist iets dat afwijkt vaak zo interessant? De tentoonstelling ‘Ontmoetingen’ daagt de bezoeker uit over dit gedrag na te denken. Sommige werken zijn beangstigend, andere juist mysterieus of vol van emotie, maar allen zetten ze aan tot nadenken.

De kunstwerken die in deze tentoonstelling getoond worden laten elk op een andere manier de waarde en schoonheid van waanzin en afwijkend gedrag zien. Wat zit er achter de maskers van Angela Boogaard en Camile Smeets? Wat is het effect van leven en dood in het werk van Jasper de Beijer? De werken roepen allemaal een bepaalde emotie op. Angst of juist berusting in het werk van Wim Hardeman? Of zelfs humor in bijvoorbeeld de Eddies van Judith Heinsohn? Alle tentoongestelde werken zijn portretten en mensfiguren. De bezoeker wordt uitgedaagd zich te identificeren met het portret of de emotie die het werk oproept. Het confronterende aspect voor de bezoekers is hierbij van belang. Een uitdaging om door het tegenkomen van de ander ook jezelf tegen te komen. De kunstwerken zijn op verschillende plekken in Het Dolhuys te zien, de bezoeker loopt voor deze tentoonstelling dan ook een speciale Kunstlijnroute door het museum.

Aan deze tentoonstelling doen vijf prominente kunstenaars mee: Jasper de Beijer, Angela Bogaard, Wim Hardeman, Judith Heinsohn en Camile Smeets. De tentoonstelling ‘Ontmoetingen’ opent in de week voor het Kunstlijn weekend en zal daarna nog twee maanden te zien zijn in Het Dolhuys.

Klik hier voor meer informatie over het Kunstlijn weekend.

De opening van de tentoonstelling ‘Ontmoetingen’ is op donderdag 29 oktober van 16:00 tot 18:00 uur en vrij toegankelijk voor iedereen.

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.

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

JASPER DE BEIJER AT THE ARMORY SHOW, NEW YORK (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

JASPER DE BEIJER AT ASYA GEISBERG GALLERY, NEW YORK (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.

JASPER DE BEIJER AT THE EMPIRE PROJECT, ISTANBUL

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
Kat 1 D4
34433 Taksim, Turkey
T: +90 (212) 292 59 68
E: info@theempireproject.com

Tue – Sat: 11 am until 6:30 pm
Closed on Sunday, Monday

COMING UP: JASPER DE BEIJER at Asya Geisberg Gallery New York

JASPER DE BEIJER at Galerie Ron Mandos


Galerie Ron Mandos
is proud to present Jasper de Beijer’s first exhibition at its gallery:

Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver

 

You are cordially invited for the opening at the 25th of October at 1700 hrs.

 

The artist will present his newest body of work completely in the gallery. The ten pictures and the animation video have their first premiere at Galerie Ron Mandos

 

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.

 

 

Galerie Ron Mandos

Prinsengracht 282
1016 HJ Amsterdam
+31 20 3207036
info@ronmandos.nl
Open: wed – sat, 12.00 – 18.00

UNSEEN PHOTO FAIR

Jasper de Beijer (1973) will be presenting a selection from his new series

Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver

This presentation marks the artist’s debut at Galerie Ron Mandos.

About Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver

In 1986, 18-year-old Christopher Knight trekked into the Maine woods. After pitching an improvised camp, he remained there in virtual isolation for the next 27 years.

For decades, the ‘North Pond Hermit’ avoided all contact with other people. He didn’t even make campfires, for fear of being discovered. Knight kept track of what was going on in the outside world by listening to news radio and rock stations on a battery-operated radio. He was ultimately apprehended by the police for burglarizing vacation cabins and a nearby holiday camp.

With a radio as his sole source of information, Knight was more or less untouched by the visual deluge of the past three decades. His mental picture of recent events must have been entirely different to the images that are so familiar to us. Knight’s lonely forest clearing, these same events materialized in a self-contained universe. In his mind’s eye, the general, abstract reports on the radio were converted into specific visual details: a kind of ‘reverse empiricism’.

For his new series, the artist decided to keep clear of all photos and other visual input, consciously limiting himself to the bare reports. The images that have come out of this approach – created in response to more or less iconic events in recent history – are uniquely subjective. They have wrenched themselves free of historical reality: in the one work, a minor detail takes center stage; in the other, a familiar event has acquired a new emotional charge.

The images could just as easily be relating an entirely different story; the blueprints of an alternate reality. Like the stream of consciousness that constantly unfurls in our mind, they are the artefacts of an inner world that at times seems almost random – or that at any rate is entirely personal, in every aspect.

Unseen will take place from 18 to 21 September 2014.

Opening hours are as follows:

Thursday 12.00 – 20.00
Friday 12.00 – 22.00
Saturday 11.00 – 20.00
Sunday 11.00 – 17.00

Fair & Festival Site

Westergasfabriek
Klönneplein 1
1014 DD Amsterdam
The Netherlands