From April 14 to May 26, internationally acclaimed Dutch contemporary artist Folkert de Jong will be on view at DENK Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, in a dual exhibition with Nathan Redwood. The gallery will unveil two solo projects to be installed in tandem: “Cathedral” by de Jong and “After Tin Man” by Redwood.
Folkert de Jong and Nathan Redwood push the limits of their respective media through intuited experimentation and process-based practices. De Jong’s theatrical take on figuration tends towards the gestural and painterly, while Redwood’s technical facility with paint treads unexpectedly into sculptural terrain. Both engage figuration on the edge of abstraction, encouraging its margins to slip surreptitiously into ambiguous thematic and symbolic unknowns.
De Jong creates monumental effigies to cultural distortions ranging from the grotesque to the macabre. Hyperbolizing iconic figures from silver screen era Hollywood starlets to High Renaissance depictions of Jesus Christ, his content is promiscuously drawn from art historical and popular cultural references alike. De Jong’s use of high tech chemical compounds is a deliberate commentary on the bleak industrialization of culture in the age of mass consumption, and the inevitable end result: a disposable and flippant degradation of humanity.
De Jong studied at the Academy of Visual Arts and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture in 2003. The artist’s works are held in several prominent institutional collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Margulies Collection (Miami), GEM Museum of Contemporary Art at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Netherlands), and Saatchi Gallery (London, UK). Recent solo exhibitions include “Weird Science,” GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, The Netherlands (2017); “And Nothing But the Truth,” Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy, (2016); “The Holy Land,” James Cohan Gallery, New York (2015); “Court of Justice,” Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2015); Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2014); Musée d’Évreux, Évreux, France (2014); “Desengaño,” Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain (2014) and many more. De Jong is currently on view at MOCA Tucson, “Last Nation,” – find more information about the exhibition here.