Jan Maarten Voskuil: Closing the Gap, Salamatina Gallery, Manhasset, NY

May 6 – May 31, 2011

The Salamatina Gallery in Americana Manhasset is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition in the U.S., Closing the Gap, by acclaimed Dutch artist Jan Maarten Voskuil. The artist will show a selection of new works never seen before. In conjunction with Jan Maarten’s exhibition the Salamatina Gallery will present a collaborative symposium on Sunday, May 8, 2:30 – 4:30 pm including Matthew Deleget, Founder/Director, MINUS SPACE and Erik Saxon, artist. The panelists will discuss their work and ideas, as well as their relationship to new international directions in reductive abstract painting, in particular the monochrome.

Voskuil’s “paintings” are about everything that a painting usually is not: sculpture, design, architecture, and installation. His uniquely constructed configurations of stretchers and linen expand, quite literally, the grounds of what can count as a painting, while the curved surfaces of his works confound any stable distinction between three-dimensions and two. Voskuil’s art draws upon both the perceptual Minimalism of figures such as Robert Irwin and James Turrell, and the literal Minimalism of figures such as Donald Judd and Robert Morris. But rather than rejecting painting as these predecessors did, Voskuil remains committed to this medium and its continuing potential, even if it is, in his own words, “nothing more than just wood, linen, paint, and a little craftsmanship.”

Jan Maarten Voskuil received his Master of Arts from University of Groningen and pursued post-graduate study at the Ateliers Arnhem, Art Academy Arnhem, The Netherlands. Voskuil has exhibited and widely in Europe, the United States, and Australia, and his work is held in the collections of the Frans Halsmuseum Haarlem, and the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, as well as numerous others.

Catalogue/Book Details: Jan Maarten Voskuil, Getting to a point, with a text by Rob Perree, translated into English and German. Hardcover, 120 pages, 100 full-color images; initial print run of 1200. ISBN 978-90-811487-3-3

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the Netherlands Cultural Services.

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