glass-blue days

Rob Johannesma

March 7 - April 18, 2020

‘…The glass-blue days are those
When every colour glows,
Each shape and shadow shows…’

The Blessed Virgin Compared to
the Air We Breathe, van Gerard Manley Hopkins

Albada Jelgersma Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition with new work by Rob Johannesma, titled glass-blue days. This is the first exhibition to show paintings, alongside a photo collage, works on paper and photo prints from his archive.

Rob Johannesma collects images from books, newspapers, magazines, and has built up an extensive archive in his studio. Gradually, over the last two decades photo- and video recordings of landscapes has shifted to images from art history and everyday life; the street, the city, pictures of world news in newspapers. He places these images in a new context, pulls them apart, copies and layers them, zooms in on a forgotten detail, and then paints over parts of the image. This way the original image is put under pressure.

The collage is built up from hundreds of close-up photographs of the work ‘the dream of Constantine;. Parts of the image are painted over, using thin blue brush strokes, inspired by the original brushstrokes by Pierro della Francesca.

In his paintings Johannesma follows along this path. In his paintings he uses jagged shapes and structures, to build up images. Brush strokes explore the size of the canvas, patches of color are overlapping and add depth to the image, giving the viewer the sense of a whole hidden world behind the image itself. To have even more control over the color and structure of the paint, the artist has chosen pigments, casein, linseed oil and resins.

Johannesma’s paintings cast a new light on his fascination for color, perception and image in the context of art history.

Rob Johannesma (Geleen, NL, 1970) studied at the de Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (1993-1997), the Cooper Union, New York (1996-1997) and De Ateliers Amsterdam (1997-1999). He exhibited among others at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2000), Venice Biennial(2001), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2001), De Hallen, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2002, 2006), Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Germany (2005), de Busan Biënnale, Korea (2008), ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2012), Galleria Lia Rumma (2012), 13de Istanbul Biennale (2013) Wiels, Brussel (2014), Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (2014).