JEROEN BLOK

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

Communicating is knowing, Photo collage pressed on wood, 48 x 35 cm 

Black vs White, Photo collage on wood, covered with epoxy, 23 x 23 cm 

Events, yet to occur,  Photo collage on wood, covered with epoxy, 40 x 40 cm 

Too much tension to look away, Photo collage pressed on wood, 48 x 35 cm 

Concrete jungle, Photo collage pressed on wood, 48 x 35 cm 

 

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

2016 Coverd with your image, Ruimte van Rolf, Gouda

2015 Overschildering, De Aanschouw, Roterdam

2015 De Nieuwe Poort, Kers Gallery, Amsterdam

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

2014 Solo Solo Galerie Majke Husstege, Den Bosch

2013 Onderstroom, Cultuurwerf, Willem 3, Vlissingen

2012 Concrete jungle, Wonderwood, Amsterdam

 

EXHIBITIONS (selection)

2017 PAN Amsterdam, in reaction tot Gerrit Rietveld

2017 PRE-DOCFEED, TAC, Eindhoven

2017 Rechthuys, duo with Caroline Waltman, Nieuwkoop

2017 De aanschouw, Tent, Rotterdam

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

2016 Kunstrai Amsterdam, presented by Luycks gallery, Tilburg

2016 Luycks Gallery, duo with Rik van Iersel, Tilburg

2016 16 works, Galerie Posthuys, Texel

2016 Expeditie, Galerie Nasty Alice, Eindhoven

2015 Oblivious, BMB Galerie, Amsterdam

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

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

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

2014 Blooom Artfair Keulen represented by Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam

2014 Kallenbach gallery/ End of summer groupshow, Amsterdam

2014 Buitenplaats / Beeldentuin,Tessloo

2014 Small Work, Wonderwood., Amsterdam

2014 Works on paper, Kallenbach Gallery, Amsterdam

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

2014 Groupshow Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan de Rijn

2013 New Works Galerie Majke Husstege, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

2013 ‘VouzDouz’ , Ververs Galerie Amsterdam

2013 Work on paper, Kallenbachg allery, Amsterdam

2013 Groupshow, Galerie Helga Hofma, Alphen aan de Rijn

2012 Club A. projects, Amsterdam

2012 Exposition Beeldverhalen: Majke Husstege, ‘s-Hertogenbosch

2012 Summerexposition Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan de Rijn

2012 Nieuwe uitleenschatten, CBK, Groningen

2012 Galerie 14-16, Posthuys, Texel

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

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

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

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

2011 IN HET NOORDEN, Galerie van Duyse, Antwerp