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into longing, vast rock

A staying at age: taking the off-stage to the fore.

Onomatopee 98

Sehnsucht, part and parcel of alternative pop culture, experienced by many teenagers during the time their bodies are wriggling under their skins, but usually left behind when coming of age, is Joan van Barneveld’s expressive theme.

Through collaboration, Onomatopee and Joan will develop new work and reflect on its territory. This becomes visible in a solo exhibition in the format of a studio space setting at Onomatopee, which will tour via Los Angeles gallery Paul Loya.  At Onomatopee, events like talks and music sessions will rock the foundations and stimulate outcomes. A publication will be launched at the end of the working period, condensing it and taking it beyond the confines of the residency.

Joan van Barneveld plays the deep desires and visual processes of pop culture. His earlier work energises the visual poetics of grunge culture, the 90s revitalisation of punk’s counterculture, into the present. In paintings made up ​​in black, he projects iconic images of this culture, both on stage and elsewhere. In these, people remain absent, but the feedback of the intensity of this cultural movement is 'condensed' behind a veil of black layers. By using this technique, the longing is placed behind an optical membrane, which does not suppress it as much as situates its introverted grandeur behind the curtain constituted by this dark skin.

In recent developments within his work, the energy shifts to a deeper, romantic longing for an essential horizon, narrated in a visually wider manner. He continues to work with blacks and depicts cultural spaces without humans, to process pictures from the public or private sphere releasing a similar charge as when they are ‘condensed’ by shading. Thus, the development of his oeuvre is also a figured and narrated coming of age, evolving the intensity of the original grunge energy he used. The work becomes more layered: as a spectator you can explore narrative links within series, diptychs or triptychs. This enables the evolvement of a temporal transfer of the intensity in his work over a longer period of time, becoming more layered and more powerful in the adult world where positions are more and more fixed and iconic totems possess less strength: the flatness of pop becomes a wide desolate opening into the rock which underlies it.
Fuck pop, go poetry.

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A studio-exhibition/author exhibition curated by Onomatopee
February 8th – March 30th
open Saturday and Sunday’s 13:00-15:00

EVERY WEDNESDAY, 18:00-22:00
Joan will be working at Onomatopee, where you can join him in his temporary studio at irregular hours but for sure on Wednesday evenings.

Friday March 28th, 20:00
Finissage with SPECIAL GIG BY NAIVE SET

Publication

Freek Lomme, 2014

into longing, vast rock

€ 20

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Visual artist Joan van Barneveld processes deep romantic longings within popular culture. In the absence of people a feedback of the intensity of the cultural scene is articulated through a ‘condensed’ black veil staging a longed for, introverted grandeur.

His earlier work energised the poetics of grunge culture. In recent series a deeper longing for an essential horizon is narrated with a wider visual perspective: ‘blackened’ pictures of popular spheres, devoid of people, that allow for a more reality-based motive and open up for wider narration as diptychs and triptychs. A staying at age in rock.

The oeuvre is represented together with insightful texts by LA critic Jan Tumlir, Dutch philosopher Rene Gabriels and Onomatopee director Freek Lomme who address aspects of landscape, rock’s intensity and romanticism in pop, leaving a sourcebook, a bible, for the identification of longing.

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Curator / editor: Freek Lomme
Graphic design by Brusatto
Texts by Jan Tumlir, Rene Gabriels and Freek Lomme

Made possible thanks to the generous support of the municipality of Eindhoven and the Mondriaan Fund 

Type
softcover
Dimensions
295 x 230 mm / 11.5 x 9 inches portrait
Pages
112
ISBN
978-94-91677-20-5
Editor
Freek Lomme
Author
Jan Tumlir, Rene Gabriels and Freek Lomme
Graphic
Geoffrey Brusatto
Language
English
Binding
threat-sewn and glued
Paper
Munken Lynx rough 1.4, white 300 gr (cover) and 120 gr. (inside pages)
Edition
1.000
Color
full color
Printer
Lecturis, Eindhoven (NL)
Image specs
58 full color, 27 black/white.
Details
Best designed Dutch book award 2014
Curator
Freek Lomme
more specs
Freek Lomme, 2015

Movements and centres

€ 13

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When we want to articulate in-depth positions and get a ducking while we’re at it, the dynamic integrity of solitary isolation comes in conflict with the levelling status at the surface.

Curator, art critic and poet Freek Lomme and artist Joan van Barneveld feel the urge to leap. At the same time they are afraid of the deep. They want to leave but they also hope to return home safely.

Sketching as linguistic and visual creatures, they fathom the depth at the horizon of experience. With his poems – ‘short pieces of text’ – Lomme seeks to balance the humanistic challenge inherent of the modern armamentarium of language with an urge for intense ‘doings and dealings’. Van Barneveld’s artworks present places where we could get a dip: representations of our desire for profundity; imaginable locations where we can project handles for profound retreats.

This book is a report of their leap in the deep end. A shared tribute to the need to find a place amidst transition and to get lost while seeking the way. Lomme’s poems evolved between 2008 and 2014, often on the road, in a period when his radius of action shifted from that of a local dreamer to that of a global cultural worker. Likewise, the sketches by Van Barneveld can be understood as a localised report of a coming-of-age. They are silkscreens of photos made in Los Angeles and raw images serving as sources for new works: they localise and release profundity, specifically in the finalised works. During an exhibition of Joan van Barneveld at art space Onomatopee, run by Freek Lomme, they recognised each other in their respective movements and centres, and decided to combine this raw source material with the unpublished poems.

What this illustrated collection of poems brings to the surface is the palpable energy of their leap, their search for a profound, honest position in an expanding world. What connects them is their dedication to that depth, where they both take inspiration from Punk’s rough edges and the free arts’ applicable potential to articulate indeterminate spaces: ‘hard cores in hard-hearted chords’.

‘Rock on’

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26 images by Joan van Barneveld

Movements and centres
hard cores in hard-hearted chords
Poems by Freek Lomme with images by Joan van Barneveld
Graphic design by Eric de Haas / HEYHEYdeHAAS

Type
Pocket
Dimensions
150 x 90 mm / 6 x 3.5 inch
Pages
176
ISBN
978-94-91677-32-8
Editor
Freek Lomme
Author
Freek Lomme
Graphic
Eric de Haas / HEYHEYdeHAAS
Artist
Joan van Barneveld
Language
English and Dutch
Binding
threat-sewn and glued
Paper
Invercote G sulfaatkarton 200 gr (cover) + Cyclus offset 80 gr (inside pages)
Color
1/1 zwart + 1 PMS (bronze/metallic)
Printer
Lecturis, Eindhoven (NL)
Image specs
26 full page images by Joan van Barneveld
Proofreader
Nanne op t' Ende
more specs

THE PEOPLE WHO’VE WORKED ON THIS PROJECT

  • Geoffrey Brusatto graphic designer
  • Rene Gabriels philosopher
  • Freek Lomme curator, editor, poet, writer, critic, project coordinator, producer website
  • Jan Tumlir critic
  • Nolwenn Salaun artist, intern website
  • Pernilla Ellens curator, editor
  • Radar Men From The Moon
  • Eric de Haas graphic designer website
  • Joan van Barneveld artist website