Alle Jong is a Frisian (Dutch) artist (born in 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, Drents Museum in Assen, Museum Belvédère in Oranjewoud and Kik art in Kolderveen. He received various grants from the Mondrian Fund and presented his work in 2014 and 2017 at Prospects and Concepts during the fair Art Rotterdam.
Alle Jong was presented with a solo exhibition at the Caroline O’Breen – De Gegroeide Plek (The Grown Place). This exhibition is a part of Amsterdam Art Weekend: 22-24 November 2019. He showed a series of drawings and authentic artifacts that bring history and imagination together in a very special way. The exhibition featured a gigantic 17th-century Bible, which has been rediscovered after lying in a dwell 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.
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