On-going: 2nd of September – 9th of October 2011, 1857 (Oslo)
There is something special about Sundays. Either you love them — or you hate them.
I’m one of those Sunday lovers. My first experience of a Sunday morning in Oslo didn’t let me down either as I was about to have the most interesting meeting of the trip. A meeting with the Dutch artist and pioneer — Ad de Jong.
In “Help young worlds” — his first solo exhibition in Scandinavia — Ad de Jong presents four different sculptures. The sculptures are a part of a larger project, Start a New Art World, which was first launched by the artist few years ago and has today resulted in a wonderful book.
In the year of 2000 the artist began a series of sculptures using epoxy resin. Back then, he started producing large-scale installation and wall-based works, which today still remain the core of his artistic practice.
The largest sculpture in this exhibition was produced especially for Gallery 1857, a six-meter long cylindrical model, composed of large intersecting cones and colourful freckles. The viewers are welcome to touch, smell and feel the work — a significant factor for an overall experience of the show.
Photographs by Konsthopp
Ad de Jong has been a vital part of the Dutch art scene since the late 1970s. After graduating in 1979, he gathered some hands and framed W139 — an exhibition space for contemporary art, located in the heart of Amsterdam.
Luckily for us, the artist was present at Gallery 1857 this particular Sunday morning. Laid back, open for discussion and ready to share his exclusive comprehension of contemporary visual art, it was easy to be around him.