Most artists are driven by an innate, compulsive desire to create. It seems that to constantly making things develop a high level of satisfaction in them.
Jeroen Blok is one of these artists: he creates an art piece a day. While such productivity is far from ordinary, it illustrates the type of work ethic and dedication that is required to become successful in the ultra-competitive contemporary art world.
Thereby always driven by finding the sublime Jeroen Blok creates an imagery of utopia or fantastic places where one can get lost in. He integrates found footage as collage pieces in a way that the spectator recognizes realistic pictures in a surrealistic and unknown story. Sometimes we immediately feel reminded of a place, but it doesn’t exist. Through the combination of diverse images, Jeroen Blok transforms the known in order to create new but surreal worlds. A story begins to reveal.
The title of the exhibition arises from the sentence: “…but it’s no use go- ing back to yesterday because I was a different person then.”
A sentence Alice says to a turtle and a gryphon in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because she doesn’t think it is relevant to talk about her adventures she went through. Positivity comes along with it, because dealing with the past makes
no difference and we shouldn’t bother with it. New stories can be told.
In contrast to that Jeroen Blok creates black and white paintings by using various materials and techniques almost like a sculptor. He uses pencil drawings over acrylic paint or tape under spray paint which he afterwards takes off again. The works thereby show many different layers and traces of adding or removing colour and material.
With this Jeroen creates suggestive worlds which play with the spectators’ idea of space and time. These worlds can be abstract or figurative, but they always bury a mystery. Something we cannot solve by looking at the works for only one time.
Jeroen Blok, Concrete Jungle, 2017,
black and white print on Hahnemuhle papier on wood, 48 x 35 cm