Jonathan van Doornum at PARK

Artist: Jonathan van Doornum

Exhibition title: Summer residency

Venue: PARK, Tilburg, The Netherlands

Date: August 9 – 18, 2019

Photography: Jasper van Aarle and Jonathan van Doornum / images copyright and courtesy of the artist and PARK

This show is the outcome of a short summer residency period at PARK, platform for visual arts. They‘ve offered Van Doornum to work and present his work in their monumental space, a former chapel. During almost two months van Doornum has created a spacious installation that reaches into the corners of the space. The installation consists of several new sculptures and architectural interventions.

Van Doornum (1987) is a Dutch sculptor whose work has been shown in several international exhibitions. His recent solo shows took place at Wiels, Brussels and DASH, Kortrijk. He participated in the artist-in-residence program of The Rijksakademie, Amsterdam and Wiels, Brussels.  His work is being inspired by social issues, tradition, history and architecture. By playfully combining these influences he creates sculptures that are both poetic as threatening. His work stands out for the technical diversity of it. Over the years, the artist has taught himself many skills in order to move freely between different materials.

PARK selected Jonathan van Doornum because of the exciting contrast in his works between the cold materials HPL, aluminum and epoxy and the human traces in it. His plan was to develop an installation that functions as an architectural display. The desire to develop this architectural display stems from his latest sculptures that revolve around identity formation and the communication of it.

Van Doornum comes from a small, traditional village in the east of the Netherlands and has therefore become interested in the position of traditions in our lives. Van Doornum focuses on the role of textiles in society and how it functions “A commonly used way to convey your chosen identity is by wearing matching clothing. Throughout history textile has had this role.” says Van Doornum. Differences expressed on the street are elevated by the artist to sculptural details. The sculptural property of the puffer jacket for example, has led to a series of works around it.

According to Van Doornum, PARK’s space requires a big gesture. Previous ideas and parts of works has led to new compilations, together they create a space-filling installation that includes various communication layers. This installation could be experienced as threatening. Many of the works consist of sharp edges and pointy rear-ends. To the artist they are not necessarily about aggression or danger. “A point at the end of a metal rod is also the maximum reach of the material trying to escape.”

Many of the works on show have an urge to escape. Besides of escaping, this can also be seen as an act of reaching out and connecting. The larger line works in the space are transcending into a network of signals and communication, which manifests itself in the focus of the viewer. Through communication masts on the wall, a stream of data as large as the internet can be felt. Something that connects us, but at the same time it drifts us apart.

In the installation at PARK, Van Doornum’s objects function as architectural altars; they provide direction without being symbolic. The promise that something was present shines through. The central absence of people is very present: the body dies; the object – the coat, a table – remains. Van Doornum’s work is sharp, but at the same time soft and hopeful. It goes up as a divine gesture and seems to want to escape. It is this game, between here and there, that Van Doornum has used to control PARK’s monumental space.

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 2, aluminum, carbon, paint, epoxy clay, paper, polystyrene, textile and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 2, aluminum, carbon, paint, epoxy clay, paper, polystyrene, textile and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 2, aluminum, carbon, paint, epoxy clay, paper, polystyrene, textile and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Puffer , textile, thread, zipper, steel, epoxy clay and epoxy pigments, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Puffer , textile, thread, zipper, steel, epoxy clay and epoxy pigments, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 1 , aluminum, carbon, steel, plastic, paint, epoxy clay, textile, zipper and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum Pulse of us 1 , aluminum, plastic, textile, thread, elastic cord and paint, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum Pulse of us 1 , aluminum, plastic, textile, thread, elastic cord and paint, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 1 , aluminum, carbon, steel, plastic, paint, epoxy clay, textile, zipper and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 1 , aluminum, carbon, steel, plastic, paint, epoxy clay, textile, zipper and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 1 , aluminum, carbon, steel, plastic, paint, epoxy clay, textile, zipper and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 1 , aluminum, carbon, steel, plastic, paint, epoxy clay, textile, zipper and thread, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 3 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint, epoxy clay, HPL with engravings and plastic, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 3 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint, epoxy clay, HPL with engravings and plastic, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 3 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint, epoxy clay, HPL with engravings and plastic, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Pulse of us 2 , aluminum, plastic, textile, thread, elastic cord and paint, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Pulse of us 2 , aluminum, plastic, textile, thread, elastic cord and paint, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Pulse of us 2 , aluminum, plastic, textile, thread, elastic cord and paint, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Pulse of us 2 , aluminum, plastic, textile, thread, elastic cord and paint, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Strong belief 1, dumbbell plates, aluminum, steel and paint , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Strong belief 1, dumbbell plates, aluminum, steel and paint , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Strong belief 1, dumbbell plates, aluminum, steel and paint , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Strong belief 2, dumbbell plates, steel, epoxy clay and paint , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Strong belief 2, dumbbell plates, steel, epoxy clay and paint , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 4 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint and plastic , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 4 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint and plastic , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 4 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint and plastic , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Here and there 4 , aluminum, carbon, steel, paint and plastic , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Jacket , textile, aluminum, steel parts, and thread , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Jacket , textile, aluminum, steel parts, and thread , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Jacket , textile, aluminum, steel parts, and thread , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Pulse of us 3 , aluminum, plastic, steel, textile, tread, elastic cord, paint, epoxy clay and plastic, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Pulse of us 3 , aluminum, plastic, steel, textile, tread, elastic cord, paint, epoxy clay and plastic, 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, (untitled), MDF, paint, steel, plastic and HPL with engravings, 2018

Jonathan van Doornum, (untitled), MDF, paint, steel, plastic and HPL with engravings, 2018

Jonathan van Doornum, (untitled), MDF, stainless steel, steel, paint and HPL with engravings , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, (untitled), MDF, stainless steel, steel, paint and HPL with engravings , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, (untitled) , MDF, stainless steel, steel, mirror, paint and HPL with engravings , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, I used to wear this , Textile, thread, stainless steel, steel, MDF and HPL with engravings , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, I used to wear this , Textile, thread, stainless steel, steel, MDF and HPL with engravings , 2019

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Summer residency, 2019, exhibition view, PARK, Tilburg

Jonathan van Doornum, Me and we , aluminum , steel, epoxy clay, door-eye and paint, 2019

The artist wearing one of the works in the installation, 2019

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