Press Release Jeroen Blok 

 

 

It's no use going

 

back to tomorrow

 

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.

 

exhibition view: It's no use going back to tomorrow 

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. 

 

On display till December 30, 2017

 

More information about the available works? Please contact Silvia Bakker -  info@twelvetwelve.gallery 

 

exhibition view: It's no use going back to tomorrow