The work of the artist Gerard Koek manifests itself as architectural structures but also as various daily objects. Other times, a hallucination takes the form of a spatial text in sand, or monumental binder paper places itself between the ceiling and the table. What connects all this work are questions about size, scale and reality. What does the permanent interaction between images, words and meanings mean? What is the size of an experience?
Gerard Koek plays with the meaning of concepts or notions and his work makes us think about who we are. ‘It says something about our times,’ according to Gerard. ‘Nowadays everybody has a definite opinion. That makes things black-and-white, and discussion pointless. Half-truths, on the other hand, have something reconciliatory to them. A thing is seldom entirely good or bad, but is often somewhere in between.’ Gerard: ‘By establishing the rules ahead of time, I to a large extent keep the work free of my own will.’ This results in surprising divisions of the surface, giving a word with hard angles an opposite feeling and making others ethereal and almost illegible. A collision between word and image.
Gerard Koek, born in 1954, currently works and lives in Nijmegen. Since the early 1990’s Gerard Koek has been working and exhibiting all over The Netherlands. After studying at the Radboud University Nijmegen, he has been teaching at art academy St. Joost in Breda. Gerard has been a recurrent exhibitor at Museum het Valkhof, and has shown his work at various institutions such as De Groen Collection, Big Art, Grey Light Projects in Brussels, the Biennale Gelderland, Museum for Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Brachen Siedlung, and various exhibition spaces. Galerie Bart has worked with Gerard since 2017, showing his work in his successful solo exhibition Words and Recollections in 2017, on Big Art 2017 and 2018 an the duo exhibition with Toni van Tiel in 2019.
Gerard has created work for the public space of the National Gallery in Prague, for Nijmegen, Deventer, park Berg en Bos in Apeldoorn and park Wolfslaar in Breda. His work is part of collections such as collection Hesseling-Klis, collection De Groen, municipalities Nijmegen and Apeldoorn, Province Gelderland and Rijksdienst Beeldende Kunst / Instituut Collectie Nederland.
01.02 Palet Magazine Toni van Tiel en Gerard Koek • A Cloud Collision Walkthrough by Merel van den Nieuwenhof.
99+1 Vrije kunst in Nijmegen by Nico Huijbregts. Published by Stichting De Oprit, page 41.
18.04 Parallel Placings / Gerard Koek & Laurent Malherbe by Gerard Koek and Laurent Malherbe. Published by Greylight Projects, Brussels.
12.10 Het Parool Big Art toont voor de tweede keer kunst van formaat by Edo Dijksterhuis.
19.05 Kunst blijft een Raadsel Gerard Koek • Galerie Bart Amsterdam by Paul Voors.
16.05 Het Parool Op losse schroeven by Edo Dijksterhuis.
27.05 Kelderkoorts #3 PROP Gerard Koek by Jan-Wieger van den Berg.