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Ron van der Ende & Bouke de Vries

Galleries Galerie Ron Mandos

Prinsengracht 282
1016 HJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 320 70 36

Open Wed - Sat / 12-18 hrs

Exhibition 21 May — 18 Jun

Opening 21 May, 17-19 hrs


Ron van der Ende 
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Bare Bones, by Ron van der Ende (NL, 1965). A presentation of his latest signature bas-reliefs all constructed from old re-used wood, that expose the foundation of his work in a series of seemingly simple shapes.This year marks the 20th anniversary that Ron van der Ende chose to solely create his sculptures from found wood, keeping their original color and texture to create his recognizably gripping and realistic wall mounted sculptures. The result is at the same time stubborn, traditional and new. Ron van der Ende's works have become in high demand internationally through its visually open character and boyish themeslike cars, spacecrafts and hi-fi systems.After a major retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and a publication alongside the exhibition, he began to investigate the main principles in his work. With Bare Bones he shows the results of his inquiry by presenting a set of at first sight simple forms that uncover the groundwork of his own bas-reliefs. An old window frame is actually a representation of part of an installation by Robert Rauschenberg from the 60s. A large circular relief shows the 'ice moon" Europa, one of Jupiter’s many moons. We see a volcano, a sprocket wheel, and a shipwreck, which he recently photographed in the harbor of Rotterdam. A collection of specimens with abstracted and deconstructed shapes, that touch the core of van der Ende's oeuvre. 

Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in wall mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. Van der Ende uses his method to conjure up dark industrial and space age imagery. His work was shown a.o. at Ambach & Rice Gallery, Dallas, TENT, Rotterdam, de Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Stadthausgalerie, Munster, Dallas Art Fair, The Armory Show in New York, OkOk Gallery in Seattle and Ampelhaus in Oranienbaum.

Bouke de Vries 
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Studying human activity through the recovery of material culture, by Bouke de Vries (NL, 1960). A presentation of his latest sculptures all constructed from recovered Chinese and Dutch white Delftware ceramics. With his latest works, de Vries seeks out the human connection with ceramics through history and its prominent place within archaeology. Made from the very earth of the land of their origin and primordially transformed by fire, the partly Chinese and partly Dutch ceramics are chosen for their important place in ceramics history. De Vries often works with these two, the Chinese carry a large variety of materials and the Delftware has such an important place in his native Dutch history and culture. The Chinese works cover the Han, Tang, Ming and Qing dynasties. Some items were grave goods, intended to help the deceased in the afterlife; a common cultural phenomenon, which almost seems to be a universal approach to death in ancient cultures.  Other items are from marine archaeology – ships laden with ceramics, lost and lying undisturbed on the sea floor for hundreds of years before being found again in recent decades. The Dutch works focus on 17th- and 18th-century fragments of white Delftware, itself a material originally conceived to mimic Chinese porcelain. Unadorned with the usual cobalt-blue decoration, it was a material of everyday use, domestic or commercial, and when damaged was thrown away into cesspits, again lying undisturbed for hundreds of years until it was unearthed recently, often by amateur archaeologists. The archaeological ceramic remnants are the jumping-off point for a new narrative in de Vries’s latest sculptures. They tell a new story and perhaps one day they too will disappear back into the earth and will again be found in some unimagined future.

Bouke de Vries was born in Utrecht and studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and Central St Martin's in London. After working for John Galliano, Stephen Jones and Zanra Rhodes, he switched careers and studied ceramics conservation and restoration at West Dean College. As a private conservator, he faced issues and contradictions around perfection and value: 'The Venus de Milo' is venerated despite losing her arms, but when a Meissen muse loses a finger she is rendered virtually worthless.’ Using his skills as a restorer, his ‘exploded’ artworks reclaim broken pots after their accidental trauma.Instead of hiding the evidence of the dramatic episode in their lives, he emphasizes their new status, instilling new virtues, new values, and moving their stories forward. De Vries lives and works in London. His works were shown a.o. at Somerset House, London, York City Art Gallery, York, MIMA, Middlesbrough,Holbourne Museum, Bath, Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, Taipei, Gloria Maria Gallery, Milan, Holbourne Museum, Bath,Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Coda Museum, Apeldoorn, and the Ariana Museum in Geneva.


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