JEROEN BLOK

Jeroen Blok, If they can't take a joke, 2017, photo collage on paper, 25 x 25 cm 

Jeroen Blok, Communicating is knowing, 2017, photo collage on wood, 48 x 35 cm 

Jeroen Blok, Beyond the horizon, series, 2017

Jeroen Blok, From a distance, 2017, collage and acrylic on board mounted on wood, 110 x 80 cm 

Jeroen Blok, Events, yet to occur,  2017, photo collage on wood, covered with epoxy, 30 x 30 cm 

Jeroen Blok, Too much tension to look away, photo collage pressed on wood, 48 x 35 cm 

Jeroen Blok, Concrete jungle, 2017, photo collage pressed on wood, 48 x 35 cm 

 

JEROEN BLOK

1979, lives and works in Nieuwkoop 

 

Most artists are driven by an innate, compulsive desire to create. It seems that to constantly making things develops a high level of satisfaction in them.  Jeroen Blok is one of these artists: he creates an art piece a day. While such productivity is far from ordinary, it illustrates the type of work ethic and dedication that is required to become successful in the ultra-competitive contemporary art world.  Thereby always driven by finding the sublime Jeroen Blok creates an imagery of utopia or fantastic places where one can get lost in. He integrates found footage as collage pieces in a way that the spectator recognizes realistic pictures in a surrealistic an unknown story. Sometimes we immediately feel reminded of a place,  but it doesn’t exist. Through the combination of diverse images Jeroen Blok transforms the known in order to create new but surreal worlds. A story begins to reveal.

 

The title of the exhibition arise from the sentence: “...but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” A sentence Alice says to a turtle and a gryphon in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because she don’t think it is relevant to talk about her adventures she went through. Positivity comes along with it, because dealing with the past makes no difference and we   shouldn’t bother with it. New stories can be told.

 

In contrast to that Jeroen Blok creates black and white paintings by using  various materials and techniques almost like a sculptor. He uses pencil drawings over acrylic paint or tape under spray paint which he afterwards takes of again. The works thereby show many different layers and traces of adding or removing color and material. With this Jeroen creates suggestive worlds which play with the spectators idea of space and time. These worlds can be abstract or figurative, but they always bury a mystery. Something we cannot solve by looking at the works for only one time. Both his collages and paintings arise from stories which Jeroen Blok creates before starting to work. The images are not intuitively done but consciously created in various steps. 

 

 

SOLO

2017 It’s no use going back to tomorrow, twelve twelve, The Hague, NL 

2016 Coverd with your image, Ruimte van Rolf, Gouda, NL 

2015 Overschildering, De Aanschouw, Roterdam, NL

2015 De Nieuwe Poort, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

2014 New Faces, New Ideas WTC The Hague Art Gallery, The Hague, NL

2014 Solo Solo Galerie Majke Husstege, Den Bosch, NL

2013 Onderstroom, Cultuurwerf, Willem 3, Vlissingen, NL 

2012 Concrete jungle, Wonderwood, Amsterdam, NL 

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2017 PAN Amsterdam, in reaction tot Gerrit Rietveld, NL

2017 PRE-DOCFEED, TAC, Eindhoven, NL

2017 Rechthuys, duo with Caroline Waltman, Nieuwkoop, NL

2017 De aanschouw, Tent, Rotterdam, NL

2017 ‘It rains blessings’ with Wycliffe Mundopa, Seyran Kirmitzoprak, twelve twelve, The Hague, NL

2016 Kunstrai Amsterdam, presented by Luycks gallery, Tilburg, NL

2016 Luycks Gallery, duo with Rik van Iersel, Tilburg, NL

2016 16 works, Galerie Posthuys, Texel, NL

2016 Expeditie, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven, NL 

2015 Oblivious, BMB Galerie, Amsterdam, NL

2015 Back to the Zoo, with Charlotte Schleiffert, Anouk Griffioen. Kers gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2015 Buitenplaats / Beeldentuin Tessloo together with Majke Husstege, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2014 It’s an other groupshow, and we love it! Kers Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2014 Blooom Artfair Keulen represented by Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, DE

2014 Kallenbach gallery/ End of summer groupshow, Amsterdam, NL

2014 Buitenplaats / Beeldentuin,Tessloo, NL

2014 Small Work, Wonderwood., Amsterdam, NL 

2014 Works on paper, Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

2014 ArcAde, with Wim Hofman and Berdie Bartels, Alphen aan de Rijn, NL 

2014 Groupshow Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan de Rijn, NL 

2013 New Works Galerie Majke Husstege, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL 

2013 ‘VouzDouz’ , Ververs Galerie Amsterdam, NL 

2013 Work on paper, Kallenbachg allery, Amsterdam, NL 

2013 Groupshow, Galerie Helga Hofma, Alphen aan de Rijn, NL 

2012 Club A. projects, Amsterdam, NL 

2012 Exposition Beeldverhalen: Majke Husstege, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL 

2012 Summerexposition Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan de Rijn, NL 

2012 Nieuwe uitleenschatten, CBK, Groningen, NL 

2012 Galerie 14-16, Posthuys, Texel, NL 

2012 RAW Artfair Rotterdam presented by Galerie Majke Husstege, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL

2011 Why September? met Anne van Eck, Ververs Galerie, Amsterdam, NL 

2011 Summer Show, along with Lucebert, Galerie van Duyse, Antwerp, BE

2011 Yes it’s Summer Again, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alpen aan de Rijn, NL 

2011 IN HET NOORDEN, Galerie van Duyse, Antwerp, BE