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Martijn van Nieuwenhuijzen, Simon Wallis, Sven Lütticken

Folkert de Jong, 'Shoot the Freak'

Design: 75B, Illustrated (colour and b/w), Paperback, 112 pages, Size: 20 x 26 cm
Dutch/English edition, ISBN 90-5662-450-4, € 30.00

In association with Thieme Grafi Media Groep. With the support of the Mondriaan Foundation

In spring 2005, the work of De Jong is being shown at the Chisenhale Gallery in London, at Peres Projects and Roberts & Tilton Gallery, both in Los Angeles, and by the Upstream Gallery at the Liste Artfair in Basel.

Folkert de Jong (b. Alkmaar, 1972) is one of the most promising young artists in the Netherlands.

After years of experimentation with video, multimedia, installations and performances (sometimes lasting for days), De Jong found sculpture to be the best medium to express and shape his fascination with the dark, violent side of existence. The work The IcemanFolkert de Jong. 'Shoot the freak' Cometh (2001), which was shown in the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, marked his breakthrough. This monumental group of sculptures was made entirely from Styrofoam insulation panels and polyurethane foam, materials that for De Jong embody the fragile boundary between security and chaos.

In the work that De Jong created for the Prix de Rome in 2003, he assembled a collection of fear-inspiring figures around a campfire; figures who have lost their humanity in the complexity of modern society.

In 2004, De Jong was honoured with the KDR KunstRAI prize. The jury had high praise for the adventurous way in which he manages to give a contemporary twist to a traditional medium like sculpture: 'With a masterly hand he models insulating materials into expressive, narrative objects and scenes, displaying uneasy and unheimisch aspects as well as caricatural and humorous ones.'

This first publication about the work of Folkert de Jong is being published as a result of his winning the KDR KunstRAI prize. During KunstRAI 2005, attention will once again be focused on his work in a solo stand by Upstream Gallery.

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