Alle Jong

This exhibition is part of  Amsterdam Art Weekend: 22-24 November

Alle Jong is a Frisian (Dutch) artist (Hemrik 1988) that lives and works in Harlingen. He completed the Academy Minerva (Groningen) in Fine Arts in 2012 and exhibited in various places such as the Fries Museum, Museum Belvédère in Oranjewoud and Kik art in Kolderveen.

He received various grands from the Mondrian Fund and presented his work in 2014 and 2017 at Prospects and
Concepts during the fair Art Rotterdam. In September 2019 he will have a large solo exhibition in the Drents Museum in Assen.

Alle Jong will be present with a solo exhibition at the Caroline O’Breen – De Gegroeide Plek (The Grown Place). He will show a series of drawings and authentic artifacts that bring history and imagination together in a very special way. The exhibition features a gigantic 17th-century Bible, which has been rediscovered after lying in a well for many centuries and has been drying for years. With this object, Jong tries to create a Historical Sensation (a concept derived from the well-known Dutch cultural historian Huizinga).

The Historic Sensation, according to Huizinga, was a sudden emotion that one can experience in direct contact with the past, in which the time difference seems to disappear.
Time dissolves in the moment of that historical sensation and you are briefly in the past. With the presence of this book, Jong wants to let you encounter the experience of the past, and make you feel one with the past.

His young but versatile oeuvre is full of references to ancient art. The media that he uses vary from giant charcoal drawings to original 17th, 18th and 19th century archives or objects. He often starts from existing images to create a new reality with it. In doing so, he delves into important events from the past that have a major impact on the here and now.

Click here for a CV of Alle Jong

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