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Folkert de Jong
Statement
Folkert de Jong creates chaotic figurative scenes using polyurethane foam and paint. His works convey an uncanny and dreamlike quality where the perverse collides with the familiar.

Previous installations by de Jong, such as The Iceman Cometh (2001) have been influenced by artists such as George Grosz, Otto Dix and James Ensor in evoking both humour and violence. Through exploring the more disruptive and disturbing side of the unconscious de Jong’s sculptural characters appear at times brutal, playful, mutilated, hybridised, power-crazed or deranged.

De Jong is fascinated by the way in which some people can be consumed by obsession. He immerses himself in imagining the thoughts and motives of existing or fictitious characters: witch hunters, religious maniacs, political fanatics, militarists and serial killers. He investigates and reconstructs the manner in which these people mark their environment with language, signs, symbols and rituals.
Many of his sculptural figures have limbs missing and are situated in a curious world of symbolic props, also made from styrofoam, including industrial pallets, a legless horse, radiators and junk food detritus.

De Jong’s works metaphorically explore the fragile barrier that separates security from chaos and play from violence. His chosen materials are skillfully manipulated to convey this sense of fragility while emphasising the gravity and disruptive power of what he shows us unfolding nightmarishly in his work.

Folkert de Jong was born in Alkmaar, the Netherlands in 1972. He attended the Academy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam and the Rijksacademy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam and has held residencies in New York, the Netherlands, Norway, France and India. In 2003 de Jong was a finalist for the Prix de Rome for sculpture.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam (2004); Meet me and Mister Beefy, The Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam (2003); Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2001); De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands (2000). Group Exhibitions include: Prix de Rome 2003, Museum for Contemporary Art GEM, Den Haag; Stroomversnelling,Groningermuseum, Groningen, (2002); Proeftuin, Centre for Visual Arts, Dordrecht (2002).

Folkert de Jong (Alkmaar, The Netherlands 1972)
Vaartstraat 46-I
1075 RR Amsterdam
+31(0)20.670.5888 / Email: folkert2296@hotmail.com
Websites where work can be seen: www.spaceforartists.nl, www.vleeshal.nl, www.smba.nl, www.upstreamgallery.nl, www.prixderome.nl


Education
1998-2000 Rijksacademy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1994-1996 Academy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Upcoming Exhibitions
2005 Solo exhibition, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Solo exhibition, Chisenhale Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Group exhibition, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA
Group exhibition, Roberts & Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2004 Group exhibition, “The Dark Album”, Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, UK

Exhibitions
2004 Group exhibition, "The Eternal Body", Galleria Villa de Massimo/NIR, Rome, Italy
Solo exhibition, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Open Studios, ISCP, New York, USA
2003 Group exhibition, "Sea and Music Sculpture Manifest", Centre for European Art China, Xiamen, China
Group exhibition, Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, "Prix de Rome 2003", Museum for Contemporary Art GEM, Den Haag, The Netherlands
Solo exhibition, "Meet me and Mister Beefy", The Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2002 Group exhibition, "Stroomversnelling",Groningermuseum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Solo exhibition, Playstation Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, "Drawings", Playstation Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, "Proeftuin",Centre for Visual Arts, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, "Purchases 2002", Centre for Visual Arts, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, "Wishfull Thinking", Dresden, Germany
Solo exhibition, "Meet me and Mister Beefy", USF Bergen, Norway
2001 Solo exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2000 Solo exhibition, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, Chemould Gallery, Bombay, India
1999 Open Studios Rijksacademy for Visual Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Solo exhibition, De Verschijning, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Group exhibition, Consortium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1998 Open Studios, Rijksacademy for Visual Arts , Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Performances
2004 "The Eternal Body", or "The Phantom Grave", with Delphine Courtillot, NIR, Rome, Italy
2003 Opening of the Prix de Rome Exhibition, Museum for Contemporary Art, GEM, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2002 "The Centenarian", with Walter van Broekhuizen and Alexander Komarov, TENT, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2001 "Alien Workshop", with Walter van Broekhuizen and Alexander Komarov, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Stipends/grants
2002-2003 Basisstipend, The Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, The Netherlands
2002 Projectsubsidy,Residency Norway, The Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000-2001 Basisstipend, The Netherlands Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Artist-in-Residences
2004 ISCP, New York, USA
2003 Kunst en Complex, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002 USF-Bergen, Norway
2001 Eric Philips Residencies, Montreuil, Paris, France
2000 RAIN-project, Bombay, India
Prizes
2004 RAI Art Fair Prize Amsterdam 2004
2003 Prix de Rome, Sculpture 2003
2002 Charlotte Köhlerprize 2002
Nominations
2003 Material Fund Prize 2003
Collections
2002 Centre for Visual Arts, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Selection of publications
2005 Solo Catalogue; Folkert de Jong, KunstRai, Kwak & Van Daalen & Ronday
2004 “Purschuim in obsceen geel”, NRC, by Hans Hartog Jager, May 14th
2003 KM magazine, Issue: Winter 2003, Harald Schole
Catalogue "Prix de Rome 2003"
2002 "The Iceman Cometh", Sculpture USA, maart 2002 Mark Price
Jury report Charlotte Köhler prize.
Catalogue 'Proeftuin', Centre for Visual Arts, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
2001 "Processie van vele lachande invaliden", Parool, Kees Keijer, 2 juni
Newsletter Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, David Stroband
Metropolis M, nummer 4, by Maxine Kopsa
About "Stroomversnelling",Groninger museum, Frankfurter Algemeine
2000 "Horror in Zeeland", Parool, maart
"Orpheus in de Vleeshal", BN-De Stem, 11 april
"Geloofwaardige onderwereld", PZC 30 maart