Folkert De Jong and Fendry Ekel, return to Valencia, to show their latest works after their participation in March 2008 in the collective exhibition "Against Nature" curated by Astrid Honold, where the Spanish audience had the occasion to see for the first time their works in our Gallery. Intensifying the fruitfull dialogue between their work, that began at the start of the 2007 with the exhibition "Chronic" presented in Chicago and later "Double Diplomacy" in Amsterdam and Melbourne, for De Jong and Ekel to show their work in the same context and at the same moment is enormously important, as their perfect coexistence in the studios as well as in the exhibition space, strengthen the individual identity of their projects, that will fill the five stories of the Gallery.
The media they employ are as different as their backgrounds; Folkert de Jong makes life size sculptural installations from insulation material, Fendry Ekel paints portraits and monumental attributes of historic events.
De Jong as well as Ekel presents us with a project that contains, as is normal in their work, a continuous reference to Modern art history intertwined with transcendental historic events that de-contextualize and expand their starting points. Both are immersed in a constant discourse of the future analyzed through the past.
Folkert de Jong (Egmond aan Zee, Holanda 1972), renowned for his sculptural installations, will be presenting new work based on recent investigations around Picasso and his hidden references.
De Jong quotes Pablo Picasso, transforming the peculiar world of “Les Saltimbanques” into new inanimate beings, for example, with the head of a perfectly recognizable president Lincoln.
Transgressing thus, the limits between representation and the real world, somehow questioning their references.
In turn, Fendry Ekel (Jakarta, Indonesia 1971), with his always exquisite paintings, explores the first years of Modernism, especially the period named “Calvinistic Mondriaan”; basing his work on the generic image, of Belief, and on how abstraction functions within these parameters.
As a part of the international career of Fendry Ekel it seems fitting to emphasize the exhibitions from 2007: Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Belgium; Contemporary Art Space in Amsterdam; The Dowse Museum in New Zealand; Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, as well as shows in Mexico, France, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Italy and Poland.
The work of De Jong has been shown on innumerable occasions, individually as well as collectively in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, London, Canada and Greece among others. His work is already part of important Collections and Museums as: Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles; Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, Canada; Lever House Art Collection as well as Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in New York, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and The Chadha Collection both in Holland, The Collection Margulies in Miami; The Collection Dakis Joannou in Athens and most recent the Saatchi Collection.
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