Juliaan Andeweg (1986, The Hague) started out as a painter, since then his work has become more three-, sometimes even four-dimensional. He invites you into a grand realm that almost borders the sublime, but always takes a witty approach to his subjects, lifting up the ominous veil that surrounds them.
Andeweg often uses harsh materials which he then places within a romantic setting, allowing the material to become vulnerable. This literal softening of the edges also has a metaphorical significance; by opposing the classical and the unpolished, he unites the tangible and the conceptual. In his work, the artist includes images and elements from a variety of sources that interest him, ranging from horror movies to art history to pop-culture, thus blurring the boundaries between high and low culture. This conscious ambiguity reveals the obscure personal aspect to Andeweg’s work, as well as how it relates to the world at large, connecting several layers of meaning, time and history to each other.
The tile of the exhibition, ‘Le grand Meaulnes / pretty girls make graves’ refers to an early 20th century French novel that embodies the romantic ideal, and a 1980’s pop song by The Smiths about the fear of making the first move. The exhibition features mixed media works and video loops that might seem superficial at first sight, leaving the attentive viewer to discover the multitude of traces and references that lie within.
Juliaan Andeweg completed a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in 2016, is supported by the Mondriaan Fonds and represented by Martin van Zomeren.