Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Axis Mundi: an exhibition in which artist Jacco Olivier (NL, 1972) shows new paintings and several videos, alongside selected works of the Danish artist Per Kirkeby whom Olivier admires and inspires.
Olivier is known for his practice in which he fuses painting and filmmaking. He often repositions traditional painting subjects such as landscapes and portraiture, abstracting them with color grouping and loose paint formations. Thus, he investigates the tension at the convergence of painting and cinema. The exhibition will feature Terra Incognita, a new film by Olivier, as well as a series of new, large-scale paintings. These are presented in dialogue with the works of Per Kirkeby, who inspired Olivier to work with the idea of Axis Mundi: Centers of the World.
Jacco Oliver: “Recently the work of Per Kirkeby made me realize that you can paint your way out of a painting. His works are gateways, passages to another world. They show something that is beyond the things depicted. The structure in the work, the way it’s built up, reveal the true subject of the painting: a rhythm. This rhythm or frequency resonates and opens up an invisible world. This to me creates a feeling of infinitude.”
Jacco Olivier studied at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. He has exhibited his work at GEM, The Hague, the Venice Biennial (Azerbaijan Pavilion), Frans Hals Museum, Dordrechts Museum, Rijksmuseum Twente, and Kunsthal KAdE, amongst many others. This summer he was awarded the Jeanne Oosting Prize.
Image: Jacco Olivier, Momentum, 2019, HD animation, Endless loop (4 min 15), Courtesy of Galerie Ron Mandos