Martin de jong
Martin de jong
Martin de Jong loves cities. The bigger the better. It’s not just the visual stimuli, it’s also the physical confrontation. New York takes the cake and it is no surprise that some of De Jong’s best paintings are inspired by that city.
However, something new has presented itself. After the death of his father he came into possession of tools for woodworking. He saw it as an opportunity to reduce the distance he had felt between himself – the artist – and his father – a man of craft and tradition. He was going to make wooden cityscapes.
Clear contours with some sawn perspective lines, some windows here and there, little to no color. A drawing in fact, with an unsteady hand, but at the same time also an object, material and solid. He liked it, that remarkable tension between two and three dimensions, between the illusion of the representation and the reality of the wooden object.
Although the objects undeniably refer to buildings, there is no longer a truthful portrait of the city. The resistance he encounters from both the tools and the wood steers the work of art away from its original starting point. But what can only be called a lack of technical skill does lead to the artist himself being surprised by the outcome of his actions. Something arises that he could never have imagined. The paradox is that he mastered every problem with paint and brush, but now feels much freer without his familiar materials and tools.
With his latest experiment, the inveterate artist distances himself further from the traditional cityscape in order to get closer to his subject in a different, less conventional way.
Feico Hoekstra ( summary from the ‘ARK’ edition )
POP-UP expo Frederiksoord 1, 2 en 3 dec.
Peter Ter Braak Groningen 8 t/m 28 oktober
Art Noord5 Belvedere Museum Oranjewoud bij Peter ter Braak 28sept t/m 1 okt
Alta Bosca Gorredijk ‘ARK’ 18 juni t/m 9 juli
Open Studio days Frederiksoord 14, 15 en 16 juli
KunstRai Amsterdam Popinnart 13 april t/m 18 april
NoordNU Frederiksoord 16 juni t/m 3 juli.
Kunstzaal van Heijningen Den Haag 2 september t/m 2 oktober
Alta Bosca Gorredijk 24 december t/m 1 januari
Melklokaal Heerenveen ‘Seven year it(ch)!’. 7 nov. t/m 12 dec. 2021
Art The Hague Popinnart 29 september t/m 3 oktober
Underground expo “Popinnart at Museumkwartier” Amsterdam 11 en 12 September
Open Studio Frederiksoord 7 augustus
Melklokaal Heerenveen “Transition” 6 juni t/m 11 juli.
Open Sudio Days Frederiksoord: 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 en 16 augustus
The art collective Popinnart corona proof exhibition Amsterdam canceled
Kunstzaal van Heijningen Den Haag november canceled
Kunsthandel Peter ter Braak Groningen
Alta Bosca Gorredijk
Art The Hague
Galerie Zofier Nieuweschoot
Kunstlokaal No8 Jubbega-Schurega
Contemporary Art Fair Rotterdam
Museum de Buitenplaats Eelde
Kunstzaal van Heijningen Den Haag
Ann’s Art Groningen
Holland Art Fair Den Haag
Galerie De Munnik Groningen
Galerie Pictura Groningen
Museum Panorama Mesdag Den Haag
Galerie De Twee Pauwen Den Haag
Galerie Hoogenbosch Gorredijk
Galerie Mebius Noordhorn
Kunstzaal van Hulsen Leeuwarden
Artist in residence:
New York 2019