Art The Hague Online, a virtual fair booth. Presenting works by Jannemarein Reinout, Jisan Ahn and Jochem Rotteveel, currently in stock at Galerie Bart.
Jisan Ahn’s newest paintings reflect the situation in which we currently find ourselves throughout the world. What awaits us when the storm dies down? Chaos and damage, as we can see by the tree whose broken branches are lying in front of a store window. However, decay does not exclude beauty; it even offers room for an aesthetic we previously took for granted. Says Jisan, ‘What has been damaged can still – or even because of that – shine.’
Fitting Jisan’s storm are the weather conditions that Jannemarein Renout works with. Moody twilight, rain, and even destruction caused by the rain are all featured in her scans, made by altered flatbed scanners that react to the daylight. The work of Jannemarein offers a dialogue between coincidence and influence, revolving around the critical moment in the process of creation: the instance the scan is made. The raindrops reflected the immediate surroundings where Jannemarein was working, adding a sudden realistic and figurative touch to her otherwise very abstract results.
The abstract foil works by Jochem Rotteveel have become increasingly minimalistic in recent years. Rough experiments have given way to smaller interventions, with compositions that are quieter, sometimes even contemplative. ‘My work is now purely about formal research into material and colour.’ This is where it touches upon painting. Furthermore, by folding the foil so that it rises above the plane of the substrate and sticking it around the edges, Jochem blurs the dividing line between two- and three-dimensionality.
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