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Solo show: jan eric visser - form follows garbage (over)

15 August 2013 until 7 September 2013
  jan eric visser - form follows garbage
Jan Eric Visser
  Art Affairs Gallery

Art Affairs Gallery
veemkade 354
1019 HD Amsterdam
Netherlands (city map)

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Born 1962, Jan Eric Visser, a Dutch and Rotterdam based artist, from the start was attracted to sculpture. He studied at Art School of Kampen, The Netherlands, a student of Ewerdt Hilgemann.

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The cooperation with Art Affairs came spontaneously, a proof of time and opportunity coinciding, for which Art Affairs is grateful to the artist!

Artist statement:

"My practice is focused entirely on the transformation of my everyday garbage items into autonomous works of art. I like to refer to this process as 'Form Follows Garbage', exploring the boundaries of my control over shape, material and color.

The Untitled sequence (1987- present) plays with the illusion of aesthetics. Employing the technique of assemblage, I create new shapes out of discarded materials which are subsequently wrapped in waste (news)paper pulp. Once impregnated with wax and softly polished, the objects take on a new identity. Underneath the shiny surface of the secretive sculptures, you can only sense a glimpse of the hidden leftovers of modern society.

The works reflect and capture the notion of beauty by commerce, design and the advertising industry resulting in an overwhelming amount of waste. Thus the objects paradoxically combine control and chance, timelessness and transitoriness, the objective and the subjective, language and matter.

In Aquadyne Sculpture (2008), I explore modern aesthetics on the borderline of tradition and innovation. The work consists of assembled litter from the countryside of Yorkshire - heart of the industrial revolution - packaged in Aquadyne. This new material made of recycled waste plastics allows for the rooting of plants (even vegetables may be grown on it!).
Based on the principle of recycling, the work addresses environmental issues like overconsumption and resource shortage.

The sculpture was exhibited in Tokyo and Holon as part of an exhibition called 'POST FOSSIL; excavating 21st century creation' (curator: Li Edelkoort)."

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