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Date(s) - 06/08/2013 - 08/11/2013
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

New Art Space Amsterdam


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Opening – Saturday, June 8 at 7pm

Exhibition – Sunday, June 9 to Sunday, August 11

Opening Hours | Daily 12pm to 10pm

NASA presents a statement exhibition by the Dutch painter Jan van der Ploeg, who develops artworks in direct relation to specific qualities of architectural space, using a vocabulary of geometric abstraction, clearly defined shapes and complementary colours which may be unashamedly decorative or radically transform the venue.

Without espousing the grandiose or impositional, Jan van der Ploeg expresses the unfettered nature of aesthetic experience that may be proffered to spectators in relation to the temporal and spatial reality of architecture and its institutional affiliations. The ‘organising principle’ of unifying simultaneously minimalist forms to a scheme of clearly defined colours is devoted to extricating painting from its traditional confinement to a framed canvas. The works are composed of a repetitive number of modular ordered elements; interruptions in the architectural structure provide subtle connection or dramatic contrasts that systematically question the place in which and for which they are designed. He does this in a way that is not dominant or hierarchical, but respects the spatial qualities by incorporating the walls of the exhibition space within the work instead of treating walls as passive backdrops or neutral elements of enclosure, thereby articulating urgency and control.

In addition, whilst striping painting of its illusionistic and expressive reference, Jan van der Ploeg activates these works through a series of interventions that focus on architecture, design, performance and sound. UNStudio (Amsterdam), the Dirty Art Department of the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam) and the Fashion Design BA at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (Arnhem) are invited to intervene and run parallel programmes in the gallery spaces during the course of the exhibition. Whilst ever expanding upon the aesthetic possibilities arising from thematic attention to architectural visibility and institutional invisibility, van der Ploeg is often asked to consider the application of his works in architecture or public space. An incorporating element of this open ended visual experience will be developed in the new commission he is creating for the public stairwell at NASA and in its café Restaurant LAB111.

Jan van der Ploeg (born 1959, Amsterdam) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (1980-82) and Croydon College of Art in London (1982-83). In 1983-85 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Selected solo exhibitions include: HAMMER Museum, Los Angeles; MINUSSPACE, New York; The Suburban, Chicago; SNO, Sydney; Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton, New Zealand; CCNOA, Brussels; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. He participated in many group exhibitions in the Netherlands and elsewhere. He is represented by gallery VON BARTHA, Basel; Gerhard Hofland, Amsterdam; Hamisch McKay Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand; Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney & West, The Hague. His commissioned works can be seen at the Rai Congress Centre in Amsterdam and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Finance in The Hague.


Entrance € 4,50

Concessions € 2,50

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