Spatiality, whether this concerns installations, paintings or embroidery, plays a major role in the work of Ton Slits. The structure of his metres-high work of complex filigrees cut from paper is like a celestial body or a bed of leaves. The connections and bifurcations evoke associations with nature, but are also reminiscent of a street map, metro system or the human body. ‘The way a city looks from above, with its structure and traffic arteries, is a lot like the tissue of human skin. But when you look at a screen with pixels you also see such a grid. You find this infinitude of layers and connections in the world repeated in all sorts of ways.’
The works reach into the heights or come down to us from above. ‘It makes you feel like you are looking up to the heavens or floating above the world,’ says Ton. The immense magnificence of such a theme becomes assimilable when you recognize ordinary forms – plants, the leaves of nettles, birds and ladders; they force you to look more carefully. The intimacy of the materials he chooses brings the work close by. He does the sculpting or embroidery by hand, which gives it a physical quality, while the rhythm of those actions – both for Ton while he is making it and for the viewer – creates a meditative effect.
Ton Slits, born in 1955 in Valkenburg aan de Geul, currently works and lives in Cadier en Keer. After studying for teacher of Arts, at the Academy Tilburg, and graduating from the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, he has been a teacher and coordinator at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht and currently at the Architecture Academy Maastricht and has helt various additional positions in art institutions.
Since 1986 Ton has been exhibiting extensively, both in the Netherlands and internationally. He has been a recurrent exhibitor at Museum Museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo and IKOB in Eupen BE, and has exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, Stedelijk Museum Het Domein in Sittard, Gemeentemuseum Roermond and Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht. Internationally, gallery’s and exhibition spaces that have shown his work include Raum fur Kunst in Aachen De, Meijiang Art Center in Tianjin CN, New Space European Abstract in Sjanghai CN, Galerie Shifang Fine Art in Düsseldorf DE, Galerie Arte Coppo in Verviers BE, Cwart in Knokke BE and Galerie Wewerka in Berlin DE. Galerie Bart has collaborated with Ton since 2016, showing his work both in the Amsterdam and Nijmegen gallery and at art fairs Paper Positions Berlin, Big Art and PAN Amsterdam. Previous fairs he has been selected for include Stockholm Art fair, and with gallery Wanda Reiff Art Cologne, KunstRAI, Art Basel and, Art Fair Los Angeles.
Ton has been asked to create work for the public space of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Sliedrecht, Bergen op Zoom, and various municipalities in Limburg. His work is part of collections such as collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, Museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo, Gemeentemuseum Helmond, The Netherlands Office for Fine Arts, the Municipality of Amstelveen, Stadsgalerij Heerlen, the Province of Limburg (NL and BE). Corporate collections that have included his work are AMRO, AEGON, DSM, AKZO/NOBEL, KLM, AZM, and internationally private collections.
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20.09.2019 • De Limburger Tweejaarlijkse kunstmanifestatie moet Heuvelland op de kaart zetten by Rob Cobben.
06.11. 2018 • Aachener Zeitung Schweben statt Stürzen: Optimismus aus rosa Löchern by Ingrid Peinhardt-Franke.
12.10 2017 • Het Parool Big Art toont voor de tweede keer kunst van formaat by Edo Dijksterhuis.
09.10. 2017 • Wallstreet International Magazine Ton Slits, editorial.
2015 • Veldwerk, 25 jaar Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, p. 215 and 253.
2014 • Collectie Van Bommel van Dam en Collectie Knecht-Drenth by Rick Vercauteren, p.576 t/m 583, Venlo.
23.06 2012 • Een verwijzing naar het leven by Daan de Hulster.
09.02 2010 • Meer dan een duo-expositie by Adri Gorissen.
02.02.2010 • Zuiderlucht Tegen de vluchtigheid by Duncan Liefferink.