Jan van der Ploeg, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX



Installation view

May 16 – July 4, 2009

Gallery Sonja Roesch presents an exhibition featuring work by Dutch artist Jan van der Ploeg. The exhibition will open May 16 and close on July 4, 2009.

Jan van der Ploeg is interested in the relationship between art and the public sphere. He constructs site-specific wall painting installations, both indoors and outdoors, that react with the surrounding architecture and atmosphere. The paintings represent a series of abstract forms that are repeated throughout his work, like the “Grip” and the “Wave”. The “grip” is a horizontal, long rectangle with rounded corners, derived from the hand-holes in the cardboard boxes used for removals. Attracted to repetition, his work relates painting, sculpture, system, and seriality.

The scale of these wall-size, and even building-size, installations consider not only the architectural surroundings but also the viewer’s participation. The designs are painted with an un-textured surface using black, white and other contrasting color shades. Depth of field is created through size and placement. His attention to scale is very important, especially in relationship to his paintings on canvas. Though physically smaller, they have a large presence due to the sense that their design could extend beyond the edges of the canvas.

Jan van der Ploeg, born 1959 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has exhibited his work extensively throughout Europe as well as the United States. He is also the co-founder of PS Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Amsterdam.