Jasper de Beijer - 07-10-2011 (From ‘Mr. Knight’s World Band Receiver)
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Mr. Knight's World Band Receiver (2014)
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.
Artist Jasper de Beijer was intrigued by Knight's story. He pictured the hermit, sitting in his darkened tent, listening in silence to the news. 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. In our society, news stories have spawned a mass of collective, 'iconic' images. In 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'.
General information about Jasper de Beijer
Jasper de Beijer was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1973. In 1992, he enrolled at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 1996. He then attended the final year of the Utrecht School of the Arts' Autonomous Design programme, graduating in 1997.
During his time at the academy, De Beijer was a fanatic freehand sketcher. This was also clearly visible when he started using scale models and carefully-assembled tableaux as a base for drawings and paintings. De Beijer's full-length photo series 'Buitenpost' marked the first time he used models and staged scenes as a starting point for manipulated photo images. The artist has completed a total of 12 projects so far, all of which he has built from the ground up in his Amsterdam studio. De Beijer is not afraid to address serious topics in his work. His series have different narratives, such as the paraphernalia of the Mexican drug war in the Marabunta series (2012) or his Wir sind das Gedächtnis (2013) about the promoclation of the German empire in 1871. With his unique layered way of working Jasper de Beijer creates wonderful new worlds from existing imagery around topics that are just in our peripheral field of view.
De Beijer's work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is included in a large number of collections, including those of Bank of America and Rabobank. Institutions that have exhibited his work or that represent him as a gallery include The Hague Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum Het Domein (Sittard), Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York), Galerie Nouvelles Images (The Hague), Galerie TZR (Düsseldorf), Hamish Morrison Galerie (Berlin) and Studio d'Arte Cannaviello (Milan).
About the work
Jasper de Beijer, 07-10-2011 (from the series 'Mr. Knight's World Band Receiver'), 45 x 28,5 cm, edition of 15, 2014
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