Instead of trying to create something from scratch,
only to discover that it has already been done,
I rather try to piece together parts of pre-existing
images and cultural fragments in order to create something completely new.
The drawings which result can be seen as a collection of undefined symbols, a collage of images, a series of marks on paper. The concept of collaging is a big part of my process, pulling together images not only from my own experience but also from the collective consciousness we all share and which the information age allows us to access as a vast, jumbled and sprawling archive. Many of the images in my drawings were first found online - slices of information which each have a unique origin, but are endlessly rediscovered, reassessed, reproduced, so that the original meaning ascribed to them is lost.
The images I collage together are each imbued with their own personal meaning and significance for the viewer, depending on what they know about owls, flags, bonsai trees, building debris - whatever they happen to be seeing. I want to give the viewer a completely new understanding of these different elements via their juxtaposition on a sheet of paper. The point is not that there is a definitive meaning to be derived from that juxtaposition, but that the meaning belongs entirely to the viewer: they are provided with the raw materials to create a world of understanding which is entirely of their own making.
Artist Bio / CV
Gert-Jan akerboom, born Gouda/Netherlands 5-7-78
1995-2000 graphic design and illustration, Grafisch Lyceum, Rotterdam (NL)
2000-2005 bachelor in fine arts, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam (NL)
2010 - Duo show with Luuk Bode at Galerie Iris Cornelis - Rotterdam
2010 - "Show V" groupshow at MMX - Berlin, Germany
2010 - "Vörwarts" groupshow at Kunstraum Richard Sorge - Berlin,
2010 - "Tabletop bonsai" solo at Nano Gallery, LA
2010 - "the BIG anouncement" solo at The Center For Endless Progress, Berlin
2010 - "Flatfile" at Golden Parachutes, Berlin
2009 - "FUKT, magazine for contemporary drawing"7,5 for the NY Art Book Fair at PS1.
2009 - "Berliner Kunstsalon" presented by "Kunstraum Richard Sorge" - Berlin
2009 - "Dreamwatching" Solo show at "Kunstraum Richard Sorge" - Berlin
2009 - "get free %" groupshow at "golden parachutes" - Berlin
2009 - "qindblogazine" artist interview. (www.qindblogazine.com)
2009 - "Schoen von tinten" groupshow at Cafe CK - Berlin
2009 - "Assistant group show" at julie mehretu studio - Berlin
2009 - "A5 Magazine" published a drawing in their 7th issue "hero"
2009 - "Anonymous drawing" at "fruehsorge contemporary drawing" Berlin
2009 - "No-tears" PDF Artmagazine.
2009 - "bring down your ruler" Groupshow at "Atelierhof Kreuzberg" - Berlin
2008 - "Anonymous Drawings" at 'Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien' - Berlin
2008 - "BHC Kollektiv - Berlin
2008 - "Nomad Biennial of tehran" at 'NEWYORCK in BETHANIEN' - Berlin
2008 - "Goodbye Hirofumi" at Waschhaus gallery - Berlin
2008 - "2nd Bankok triennale for drawing and print" - Bangkok
2008 - "Negative Party" at Waschhaus Gallery - Berlin
2008 - "YES" at Showroom MAMA - Rotterdam
2008 - "13th Lindart" at castle gallery - Lendava, Slovenia.
2008 - "Anonymous Drawing" (selection) at Stadtscheune Gallery - Ottendorf, Germany.
2008 - "Joint Custody Project" at Raab Gallery - Berlin
2008 - "Dark sky" online magazine.
2008 - "Nomad Biennial" at Parkingallery - Istanbul
2008 - "Draw-in" at 00130 Gallery - Helsinki
2008 - "Anonymous Drawing nr.8" at Meinblau - Berlin
2008 - "Game Zone de Singel" - Antwerp