V&B (Alex Jacobs and Ellemieke Schoenmaker) The Beginning of All Theory (Analogue Digital Adaptations) 1/10, 2019 Unique, signed and numbered art piece
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- Acrylic on wood (left), acrylic on PU (right)
- 21 × 17 × 1,5 cm (left), 15,5 × 9 cm × 6,5 cm (right)
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This work stems from an interest in the phenomenon of describing and theorizing visual art. When did we start communicating about objects, when did we start making art? Or did we start communicating about the idea of something being art first? The shifting in western society towards art being more and more conceptual, theorized and research based is a field of interest.
Is it possible to make art that transcends any theory and communication? The archetype painting is another field of interest. These Analogue Digital Adaptations aspire to stretch the limits between painting, photography and sculpture. It is an attempt to ascend the material form. This diptych is a painting in acrylic on wood and a painted reproduction of a rock.
The painting is hand painted and uses a special technique to ‘paint’ the rock. It is in a sense a reproduction or an imprint of the rock. By using this technique it becomes uncertain to the viewer if this is a painting or perhaps a (digital) print or other reproduction. The rock itself is a metaphor for the first ever theorized object. A gradation of theoretical importance.
V&B (Alex Jacobs and Ellemieke Schoenmaker) is an artist duo founded in Los Angeles in 2007. In their paintings, sculptures and installations they often comment on the (art)world with some form of self-mockery. Their work combines historic references with borrowed elements from the media and popular culture. Both spontaneous inspiration as critical interest reveal unexpected combinations that invite the viewer to search for commonly missed connotations.
V&B have had multiple solo and group exhibitions in National and International museums, exhibition spaces and galleries. Among others: Torrance Art Museum, Gemeente Museum Den Haag, TENT Rotterdam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Galerie Jaap Sleper and Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago. Next to exhibitions they have received many awards and stipendia. Among others: The New Rembrandt by the AVRO, Royal Painting Prize and Stipendium Established Artist at the Mondriaan fund. Their work can be found in both private and other collections. For example Centraal Museum Utrecht, Museum Voorlinden, VU Medical Centre, AKZO NOBEL Art Foundation and Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy.