Ten Haaf Projects, Amsterdam
Ten Haaf Projects is pleased to show two young Dutch artists during Volta 14: Jim Mooijekind (b 1992) and Guido van Amelsfoort (b.1986). Both artists recently graduated from the art academy. At Ten Haaf Projects we gave them both their first solo exhibition in 2017. The Artists will transform our booth in a visual mind-blowing experience.
Jim Mooijekind graduated in 2017 from the KABK in Den Haag. His work captures a dilemma of the Millennial generation: While celebrating a hedonistic lifestyle, there is an emptiness and loneliness. “What to believe in?”
Matisse painted La Danse as a celebration of hedonism, being young and liberated. Mooijekind shows us his world, in which there is a desire to be young and carefree, but the reality of global problems makes this impossible. His way of dealing with the dilemma is to create an absurd world and visual language.
Mooijekind’s works are figurative and feature primary colours. They depict human figures in different situations, set in absurd landscapes. There are works with strong colourful figures celebrating life, contrasting with works of figures in an existential crisis. These two opposites return throughout his work, which shifts between happy and troubled while maintaining the absurd element. Mooijekind works in diverse media and with diverse materials. Works on view at Volta are paintings, drawings sculptures and scarfs.
As a teenager, Guido van Amelsfoort’s interest in art was sparked by graffiti he encountered on the streets. From that age, he would paint and write on empty, abandoned buildings and on trains. He would travel every weekend to a different place where he could work freely. The streets were his canvas. During his studies at Sint Joost Academy Breda, van Amelsfoort got into ceramics after an exhibition he had seen by Ron Nagle. Following his graduation in 2015, he developed his own strong visual language. While his work still has the rawness of street culture, it’s also full of sensitivity.
Figures and every day objects are translated into a visual explosion. His work has elements of glorification of persona, but always expresses the underlying emotions. His ceramics are very diverse, particularly in their finish, coloured and glazed in various ways. At Volta 14, we show the latest body of work of ceramics by van Amelsfoort. Since his ceramic kiln is small in size, his figures are often constructed as smaller pieces, which he then fits together, creating a large piece.