JELLE VAN DEN BERG & SIMON BLAU
CO-OP
20 JANUARY – 13 FEBRUARY 2016

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Dawn 2015
oil on paper on canvas
40.5 × 30.5 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Foundations 2015
oil on canvas
25 × 25 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Raft 2015
oil on paper on canvas
40.5 × 50.5 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Sunrise 2015
oil on paper on canvas
30.5 × 30.5 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Trip 2015
oil on canvas
30.5 × 30.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Music in the Head 2015
acrylic on board
65 × 70 cm

SIMON BLAU
Pacific Dreaming 2015
acrylic on board
60 × 50 cm

SIMON BLAU
Sunshower 2016
acrylic on board
65 × 70 cm

SIMON BLAU
This Area is Off Limits to Curators 2015
acrylic on board
50 × 60 cm

SIMON BLAU
This Painting is Upside Down 2015
acrylic on board
50 × 60 cm

SIMON BLAU
Watch 2016
acrylic on board
40.5 × 32.5 cm

SIMON BLAU
Weight on the Heart 2015
acrylic on board
55 × 60 cm

SIMON BLAU
Thought Bubble 2015
acrylic on board
60 × 70 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Music 2015
oil on board
79 × 120 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Absence 2015
oil on paper on canvas
40.5 × 30.5 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Gudo 2016
oil on canvas
30.5 × 25.5 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Croc Pool 2009
oil on board
30 × 30 cm

JELLER VAN DEN BURG
Mods Murr 2015
oil on board
30 × 30 cm

JELLE VAN DEN BERG
Cool J 2015
oil on canvas
30.5 × 25 cm

SIMON BLAU
Catwalk 2015
acrylic on board
60 × 70 cm

SIMON BLAU
MacNobody Clan 2015
acrylic on board
65 × 70 cm

SIMON BLAU
Music Room 2015
acrylic on board
40.5 × 51 cm

SIMON BLAU
Sea Level 2015
acrylic on board
65 × 70 cm

SIMON BLAU
Postnatal Surfing 2016
acrylic on board
122 × 91 cm

SIMON BLAU
Warm 2016
acrylic on board
42.5 × 35.5 cm


CO-OP brings together the most recent paintings of Simon Blau and Jelle van den Berg, who have maintained a friendship and working relationship for over three decades.

Van den Berg explains that their chosen title for the exhibition, an abbreviation of ‘cooperative’, is ‘in some way a reaction to the high level of importance given to the individual, to bring it down a notch in favour of the shared experience in the group.’ Their preference for a communal approach to art-making emphasises the value of the shared language that can develop among artists. Between them they have swapped over thirty paintings – a wordless exchange of ideas translated into material form.

Both artists respond to the physical world around them and the things that make up their everyday – the studio, the sea, the view from a window. These external references slide in and out of vision after a complex process of abstraction. Together their work addresses the endlessly abstract nature of reality and the self, revealing the remarkable intricacies that lie beneath our common-sense perceptions.