About The Curators Room

The Curators Room is a living, breathing ecosystem. Continuously developing and moulding into something new – each exhibition, each performance, each space. Committed to encourage conversations, challenging and questioning the boundaries of art, visioning the art world-to-come. A constantly evolving community with many different voices. Inter-generational, cross-disciplinary. Where artists, curators, thinkers, art lovers and collectors act and grow together.

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Current

SHALLOW THEN HALO 

(Curated by Gabriel Rolt) 

18 September – 16 October 2021

Opening reception: Saturday 18 September 17 – 21 hrs

Location:

Prinsengracht 675, 1017 JT Amsterdam. The Netherlands

www.thecuratorsroom.com | Gabriel@thecuratorsroom.com | +31(0) 625005374

Open:

Thursday – Saturday 

13 – 18 hrs or by appointment 

Artists:          

Daniëlle van Ark (NL), Adam Broomberg and Isaac Schaal (SA), Paul du Bois-Reymond (NL/DE), Daria Birang (US/NL), Giuseppe Buzzotta (IT), Jake and Dinos Chapman (UK), Nik Christensen (NL/UK), Aukje Dekker (NL). Bas Geerts (NL), Martin Kanja (KEN) , Eduardo Millan (ES), Andrea Orejarena (CO), Lisette Ros (NL), Javier Ruiz Perez (ES), Caleb Stein (UK/US), Shoe (NL) , Freddy Tratlehner (NL) and Vincent van de Waal (NL) 

*  Special guests: Joseph Abraham Doneus  (Surinam, c. 1825 – after 1878) and

   Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (Spain, 1764-1828)

–> Click HERE for the Shallow Then Halo website

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About the Curators Room

The Curators Room is a living, breathing ecosystem. Continuously developing and moulding into something new – each exhibition, each performance, each space. Committed to encourage conversations, challenging and questioning the boundaries of art, visioning the art world-to-come. A constantly evolving community with many different voices. Inter-generational, cross-disciplinary. Where artists, curators, thinkers, art lovers and collectors act and grow together.

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PAST

The Curators Room 
presents:

Javier Ruiz Perez
‘WAX AND WANE’
(Curated by Gabriel Rolt)

01 July – 23 July 2021
Opening reception: Thursday 1 July, 18 – 21hrs 

Zamenhofstraat 150
building 112, studio 205
1022 AG Amsterdam.

Open: 
Friday – Sunday
13.00 – 18.00 hrs

To visit call Gabriel Rolt:
+31 6 25 00 5374
gabriel@thecuratorsroom.com
DM @the_curators_room

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Press release

Javier Ruiz Perez (La Carolina, Jaén, Spain, 1989)’ pantings are collage-like compositions consisting of visual footage collected from social media and the internet.

The depicted subjects are always living figures, a group of people or single individuals, against a background of andalusian landscapes.
The medium employed is oil paint on canvas and paper, applied quickly, wet on wet, a technique that confers a sense of urgency and immediacy to the works.
This intuitive conviction that appears to guide Perez’s making process stems from the nature of his subject matter: the obvious of the real. His paintings always manage to deliver an uncanny balance between credibility and oddity, resulting in depictions that are incomprehensible, yet plausible.
This directness is the effect of portraying banal realities of the internet or of everyday life, but twisting them delicately. Most and foremost, it’s the choice of re-installing scenes of modern life into idyllic landscapes that generates a subtle sense of confusion in the viewer, who finds him/herself unsurprised by what he sees, but taken aback by the context.

Situations that we are bound to recognize as fragments of our collective imagery, shaped by social media and contemporary culture, are here juxtaposed to peaceful lanscapes of green hills and mediterranean mountains, in a contrast of harmony and absurdity that carries sarcastic undertones.
Perez’ pantings are also reminiscent of classical oevres: ‘Vida plácida, protégenos de todo mal’ retrace the bodily position of Christ in traditional ‘deposition’ altarpieces, while ‘Vida plácida, protégenos de todo mal II’ . reminds of old master’s depictions of Jesus’ deathbed. This taste for the past allows the works to deliver an ulterior sense of familiarity in the viewer, while at the same time creating a feeling of estrangement due to the use of bold colors, strange facial expressions or the sudden insertion of modern objects.

The peculiarity of Perez’s practice lies exactly in this subtle interplay between the banality and the absurd, dreams and reality, in compositions that manage to become timeless in their extreme contemporaneity.

Javier Ruiz Perez (Jaén, 1989) graduated from the Escuela de arte 10 in Madrid and the Pasadena Art Center in Los Angeles in 2013. His works are part of important private and museum collections including Museum Voorlinden , NL and MEAM (museum of European Art Barcelona), ES.
Javier Ruiz Perez lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

– Text by Sara van Bussel

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Installation views:

Images:

JAVIER RUIZ PEREZ
Vida plácida, protégenos de todo mal
Oil on canvas
180 x 195 cm
2021

JAVIER RUIZ PEREZ
Vida plácida, protégenos de todo mal II
Oil on canvas
180 x 195 cm
2021

JAVIER RUIZ PEREZ
Vida plácida, protégenos de todo mal III
Oil on canvas
190 x 220 cm
2021

JAVIER JAVIER RUIZ PEREZ
Untitled 2021
Oil on canvas
50 x 65 cm
2021

JAVIER RUIZ PEREZ
Untitled
Oil on canvas
50 x 65 cm
2021

JAVIER RUIZ PEREZ
Untitled
Oil on canvas
70 x 90 cm
2021

PAST:

The Curators Room
Presents:

YOU WON’T GET WHAT YOU WANT
(curated by Gabriel Rolt)

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Works by:

Paul du Bois-Reymond
Bas Geerts
Lucas Lenglet

07 May – 22 May 2021

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Location:

Studio Bas Geerts
Frans de Wollantstraat 34
1018 SC Amsterdam

Open:
Thursday – Saturday
13.00 – 18.00 hrs

To visit call Gabriel Rolt:
+31 6 25 00 5374
gabriel@thecuratorsroom.com
DM @the_curators_room

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Paul du Bois-Reymond

The vibrant works by Paul du Bois-Raymond witness the intensity and delicacy of these oil stick paintings. By pushing the medium as deep as possible into the canvas surface, Amsterdam-based artist is fully utilizing the impact of the pigment while constructing delicate surface. The images are depicting everyday scenes but with unusual color shifts and exaggerated saturation. With candid framing and great eye for light play, these paintings tend to dissolve into wonderful abstractions when examined from up close only to assemble back into familiar image when look at them as a whole. (Sasha Bogojev)

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Paul du Bois-Reymond (Berlin, 1974) is an artist, musician and designer who lives and works in Amsterdam.
He studied at the Rietveld Academy of the arts (1992-1996) and was co-founder of the infamous DEPT, and later Machine design collectives.

Recent (solo) exhibitions include: Patrik Droste Gallery, Germany ; Kunsthaus Betanien, German, Gabriel Rolt Gallery, The Netherlands ; Unruly Gallery, The Netherlands

PAUL DU BOIS-REYMOND
My Desire Will Outlast Yours
Oil pastels on linen
160 x 100 cm
2021

PAUL DU BOIS-REYMOND
All our words were important
Oil pastels on linen
160 x 100 cm
2021

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Bas Geerts

Bas Geerts (Leiden, 1971) ’ work is a, perhaps unexpected, combination of the digital and the handmade. Whilst the work look at home in the tradition of Op Art, there is an unseen logic behind the amorphous and reflective abstract forms that populate the surfaces of Geert’s paintings. Each painting begins as a digital design which randomizes the size and shape of geometric forms. He then paints the design results in layers of metal leaf, pure pigments and acrylic paint. The aesthetic effect of the work brings to mind ephemeral natural phenomena such as the rippling surface of water or patterns of condensation, that, in their complex mystery intimate a fundamental mathematical order to our universe.

Recent (solo) exhibitions include: The Collective Space, Amsterdam ; Christian Ouwens Galerie, Rotterdam ; JollyJoker, Amsterdam ; NARS, New York ; Neuer Kunstverein, Pfaffenhofen ; Paradise Row Gallery, London and Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam

Bas Geerts
‘The trash you hear is just your reflection spat out the mouth of the deadbeat’
metal leaf and acrylics on linen
150 x 150 cm
2020

Bas Geerts
‘The clock hands begin to melt away replaced by the marching of your army’
metal leaf and acrylics on linen
150 x 150 cm
2020

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Lucas Lenglet

Lucas Lenglet works across the disciplines of sculpture, installation, print and photography. Initially his work showed a strong focus on the polemic created by the formalisation of violence and the architecture of safety. Now he generally defines his work as thoughts on inclusion and exclusion in the broadest sense for which he uses the vocabulary of architecture and the artefacts belonging to the creation of safety to discuss this. Lenglet’s engagement with the solutions people find to the problems of living together is presented in a formal spacial language using everyday materials and industrial production methods. He has a combined practice of studio work and large scale commissions for public space.

Lucas Lenglet (1972) was born in Leiden, the Netherlands and received his BA in Fine Arts from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2000. He was an artist-in-residence at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and IASPIS, Stockholm. Lenglet is a mentor within the mentoring program of Mondriaan Fonds and was a guest lecturer and -advisor at Rijksakademie, Jan van Eyck, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and LUCA School of arts, Brussels.

Recent (solo) exhibitions include: Stigter Van Doesburg gallery (2020), Kröller-Müller museum (2019), Nieuw Dakota (2018), Kunstvereniging Diepenheim (2016), Witte de Wit (2014), Goethe Institute Amsterdam (2012), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2008) and Palais de Tokyo (2007).

Lucas Lenglet
In the moment of adversity and hope
2020
used glass jars, glass, mirror, plywood
144 x 84 x 53 cm

Lucas Lenglet
Cut off
2018
steel, magnets
10,5 x 19,7 cm

About The Curators Room

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Gabriel Rolt (born 1977, Barcelona, Spain) is a curator, agent and art advisor. Rolt’s special interest in the emerging art scene led him to found Galerie Gabriel Rolt, an Amsterdam based art gallery that fostered the careers of an impressive stable of local and international artists. He subsequently founded and was creative director of HERO gallery.

Stepping away from the traditional gallery space, Rolt pushes the boundaries of curation, online and offline. Stay tuned for upcoming projects, artworks and art activations by the Curators Room.

Contact /// gabriel@thecuratorsroom.com