A new exhibition of drawing and painting by Jelle van den Berg is now showing at the Wollongong Art Gallery. In Credo (Nine Lives), Van den Berg constructs open-ended narratives through arrangements of paintings, sculptures and objects within glass vitrines.
30 Oct 2015 – 14 Feb 2016, Wollongong Art Gallery
Gallery 9 proudly presents ROOM, a series of paintings produced by Jelle van den Berg in and about his studios between 2006 and 2012.
In his introductory text about the series, Jelle talks about his space as though it were occupied by another person, Juan, in fact the artist’s creative alter ego whom he employs to stand back and ponder his personal ideas in the third person. “There’s not enough room so to speak…” he begins, “in Juan’s (one’s) room stuff piles up…” and despite his desire to part with things, he is unable to discard his vast collection of bric-a-brac and mementos of a life of collecting the subjects of still life. And so what better to do about the situation than to set about painting every object into a still life, and at least allow their presence to be (somewhat) immortalised as it was briefly in the space.
The ROOM series of oil paintings are what evolved from arranging the artists’ studios and translating them, via water colour, eventually into paint. The subjects are ordinary tables, palettes, windows and books but each painting represents a profound connection made by the artist with each object’s mystery and ascribed personality.
Jelle van den Berg is the Painting Coordinator at the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong lives and works between his studios in inner city Sydney and Coledale, NSW. In 2012 he has held exhibitions at Galerie Hoogenbosch in The Netherlands as well as The FCA Gallery at the University of Wollongong.
enquire about this exhibition
Leading up to his show Room at Gallery 9 in August, the latest exhibition of watercolours by Jelle van den Berg aquarellen en werk op papier will be exhibited at Galerie Hoogenbosch between 3 June and 8 July 2012:
Stationsweg 66, 8401 DS Gorredijk, Nederland
Veld 2008 gouache on paper 38 x 27.5 cm
Recent watercolours and drawing by Jelle van den Berg will be shown alongside works by Paul Ryan at the University of Wollongong Gallery in Drawback opening on Friday, 27 April at 6.30pm.
The show is open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and continues until 10 May.