GALERIE RON MANDOS | Booth 31 At this year’s ART Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents works by six internationally acclaimed artists: SEBASTIAAN BREMER (NL, 1970), IVAN GRUBANOV (SRB,1976), RYAN MCGINNESS (US, 1972), GEERT MUL (NL, 1965), COEN VUNDERINK (NL, 1979) HANS WILSCHUT (NL, 1966) and KONRAD WYREBEK (CZ, 1983).
Sebastiaan Bremer works and lives in New York, he moved there in 1992, where he began to work primarily in black and white, reemphasizing his connection to photography. During his early years he meticulously reproduced personal photographs in paint. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, where he began experimenting with murals, collage paintings, and drawing directly on photographs, the style which he continues to use today. At Art Rotterdam he will show some of his latest work for which he also explored the use of photography in combination with painting techniques. Bremer’s work is part of several collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, AKZO Nobel collection and the Burger Collection. His artwork has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, MoMA PS1 in New York and at Het Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.
Ivan Grubanov. who represented Serbia at the 56th La Biennale di Venezia and former Rijksakademie resident, currently shows his new series of paintings, SMOKE NATION SCREEN, in Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. Growing up in Serbia made Grubanov highly aware of the consequences and impact of a disintegrated state. His work examines and questions the notion of nation in esthetic abstract paintings. The artist lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Solo shows include Loock Galerie in Berlin, Laboratorio 987 at MUSAC in Leon, Le Grand Cafe Centre d’Art Contemporain in St Nazaire, Gallery of the Belgrade Cultural Center and Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade, Stroom Center for Contemporary Art in Den Haag, Nogueras Blanchard in Barcelona, Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam.
Ryan McGinness is an American artist, living and working in New York. He grew up in the surf and skate culture of Virginia Beach and studied at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Known for his original extensive vocabulary of graphic drawings that use the visual language of public signage, corporate logos and contemporary iconography, McGinness creates paintings, sculptures, installations and books. For his ongoing Art History Is Not Linear series, he dives into museum collections from around the world in order to document their artworks and objects into his own work. In 2014 he created the Boijmans series for which he made two hundred sketch drawings based on two hundred objects from the permanent collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The gesture of creating these paintings forces the museum’s collection to fold in on itself. McGinness distils the museum’s collection down to individual units of meaning (symbols) and then rebuild it in nine new works. Especially for Art Rotterdam five of them are being showed at the Industriegebouw in the centre of Rotterdam and one of the paintings in the series can be seen at the fair.
Geert Mul lives and works in Rotterdam. In the past 20 years he has researched the possibilities of re-combining images from databases in video’s, prints and interactive installations in specialized computer animation. For these purposes Mul is continuously developing software: programs that generate a context related, endless and varying combination of images based on image properties such as content, structure, composition and color. At Art Rotterdam Mul presents his latest ‘lenticular’ prints. The lenticular technique is known from postcards with ridges, if you look at the picture from a different angle, another image is visible. He used five imaging layers which can be seen depending on the position of the viewer. In 2010 Geert Mul won the prestigious Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre. Mul has performed and exhibited his works a.o. in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia in Madrid, National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, Institute Valencia Arte Moderne, Witte de With in Rotterdam, Museum of contemporary Art in Chicago, the International Biennial Turijn and Ruhr European Capital of Culture 2010.
Coen Vunderink’s paintings and sculptures are closely connected within his studio practice. His sculptural works function as a motif in his paintings, while he also takes on a painterly approach towards many of his sculptures. The impetus for this cross-pollination is Vunderink’s interest in the genesis, the creation of the work of art, and the interplay of forces that come into effect in order to enable this process. His most recent paintings which will be presented at Art Rotterdam, are variations on the ‘painting as a window’ theme. While using different ways of applying paint - airbrush, casting, scraping, splashing and using expressive brushstrokes- the artist aims to suggest space. Some paintings seem to give a view of what could be a landscape. However, most paintings have closed the curtains. The blinds will be the subject. Patterns, color, folding of the fabric and the sharp lines of Luxaflex create abstract worlds of light, color and suspense. Vunderink straddles the line between material and image, figuration and abstraction, tradition and modernity. His work was shown a.o. at the Kunstverein Mischpoke e.V. in Mönchengladbach, Germany, the W139 in Amsterdam, Paradise Row Gallery in London and at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. Vunderink participated in The Royal Prize for Painting exhibition in 2007 at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and in 2012 and 2013 in the Royal Palace Amsterdam. Vunderink lives and works in Groningen, Netherlands
Hans Wilschut lives and work in Rotterdam, Netherlands. In his urbanized landscapes, Wilschut shows a recent interest for areas that are changing because of the pressure of globalization. Social and cultural changes, increased activities of tourism, the shifting of the world economy and the demographic growth, which have caused differences and dramatic changes in culture and nature. On the edge of the public and private domain, round ravel borders of cities, Wilschut investigates the areas where changes occur and are made manifest. He does not strive for an objective reproduction of reality. This gives his work a post-documentary character. His urban still lives have most of all a lyric character. His images respond to a world in flux and undergoing globalization. Wilschut presented his photographic works a.o. in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, Galeria Dos Casas in Bogota, kadE in Amersfoort and Constant Capital Gallery in Lagos.
Konrad Wyrebek is a British-Polish artist and earned a degree in Fine Arts from London Metropolitan University in 2011, and previous to that, studied Fine Art Painting from Westminster University, London, and Art History and Technology of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw. Wyrebek represents and challenges contemporary life and culture through the use of television-, film- and social media-based images, creating abstract video paintings. Before Wyrębek captures the meticulously selected images on the canvas, he performance several digital compression processes onto the images which reduces them to grainy color patches. The processed images are then carefully repainted. Wyrebek examines what the value of the artist's signature is today and the role of new technologies in our society. His work was shown a.o. at Solyanka Art Museum in Moscow, Point Zero Project Space in London, Royal Academy and Museum of Contemporary Art, Clifford Chance Collection in London and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. Wyrebek is the recipient of the 2011 Sir John Cass Sculpture Prize, along with both the John Burn Sponsorship Award for 3-D printing and the Metropolitan Works Sponsorship Award for rapid prototyping, both in 2011. Wyrebek lives and works in London.
Also during Art Rotterdam | Ryan McGinness | Art History Is Not Linear
Thursday 11 - Saturday 13 Feb (10 am - 6 pm) at Het Industriegebouw, Goudsesingel 66, Rotterdam | Free entrance