John van der Valk
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What about John?

MADONE DIT-IL . . .

 

A video with transforming paintings.

text: Elisabeth Barillé,  music: Hugo Keuker drums,  Guitar,composition: John van der Valk

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of paintings that starts at 1982

 

A SELECTION

Madone dit-il...

 

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TRANSITION

The momentum of a journey

Transition  5 prints    42 x 59,4 cm 5 prints, limited-edtion of 15   340 grams cotton paper

A cura di Giacomo Belloni

Testo: Giacomo Belloni.

Esther Nienhuys, Leonardo Torresi.

Design: Dott. Roberto Botticelli.

88 pagine

Editizioni REAL ARTE  aprile 2011

 

De quelles galaxies sont-elles tombées ?

Quels paysages ont creusé dans leurs yeux cette limpide profondeur ? (PDF)>

 

 

Elisabeth Barillé

 

 

 

 

MADONES DIT-IL

MADONNE ED EROI

Photoseries  1979 - 1981

QUEST FOR MEANING

 

QUEST FOR MEANING

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ABOUT

Utrecht, 1979

 

When I started painting it was bunkers: large massive constructions that excel in protecting their inner spaces. In hindsight, it was this protection I was looking for, but in hindsight only.

 

Then the demarcations entered. The bunkers disappeared and were substituted by red and white barriers; roadblocks that exposed the spaces beyond.

These spaces were not to be entered; in the end I did.

 

“Paintings of emptiness.

Large fields with remainders of demarcations, erased and destroyed.”

 

The paintings that followed became darker and darker, which eventually resulted in a black painting with a scratch.

End of a period.

 

The blackboard series was next: endless scratches on large dark grey canvasses.

Exposing through ritual operations. Protection no longer needed.

 

 

By now it will have become clear that I work using themes.

This imperative way of painting in the end became restricting.

 

 

“I think of the impressionistic period around 1985. Light, lucidity, flowing, sometimes containing figures,

culminating in an almost featureless white canvas, dissolved in a blank painting. Exit.”

 

 

"Earth I want, dark paintings of dark mountains". (Mount analogue, after the novel by René Daumal).

 

 

Today I’m looking at a continuous change inside me. A dream that shows several aspects of me.

Carefully, very carefully, because the need for protection remains.

 

 

At the time of painting I don’t know what it is about: only afterwards, sometimes a long time later,

I’m able to interpret what I painted.

 

 

Faces, demarcations, fields, different elements juxtaposed. They are waiting, waiting for meaning.

 

 

 

John van der Valk

 

(1996)

 

Translation: Peter Klaus (2010)

 

 

 

CONTACT ME

 

CONTACT ME

Today I’m looking at a continuous stream of changes inside me. A dream that shows so many aspects of me. Carefully, very carefully, because the need for protection remains.

 

John van der Valk (1954) painted for over 35 years.

 

His work evolved from abstract to the late figurative Madonna’s.

 

Music and composing always took a major role in his life.

He played in Holland in different groups from free funk style jazz,  world music and today: Gogol Premier’s Punk-rock.

 

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