Folkert de Jong
Dutch artist Folkert de Jong makes a new installation of
figurative sculptures for the Mackintosh Museum, inspired by the
figures of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret
MacDonald Mackintosh. The exhibition title 'The Immortals'
refers to the name they gave to their peer group that included
Herbert McNair and Margaret's sister Frances.
Folkert de Jong is an artist who freely mixes up times,
materials and cultural references in his work. By re-considering
the Mackintoshes as actors within this well-known architectural
space, de Jong will explore the 'theatricality' of the Museum.
Folkert will bring a contemporary approach to figurative
sculpture which will also make lively connections with the Museum's
past function as the drawing studio, housing all the figurative
classical plaster casts for students to learn from.
De Jong's exhibition will travel to Galerie Dukan Hourdequin in
Paris later this year.
Commissioned by The Glasgow School of Art in association with
Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art with support from the
Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam.
Preview: Friday 20 April, 6-8pm, All are welcome to
Folkert de Jong (b. 1972) studied at the Rijksakademie of
Fine Art in Amsterdam. Recently he designed costumes and props for
a theatre play 'Troilus and Cressida' by the Wooster group and The
Royal Shakespeare Company. He is currently working on a public
sculpture for The Hague's King's Square. De Jong has exhibited
widely internationally, including solo exhibitions at James Cohan
Gallery New York; Luis Adelantado Gallery Mexico City;
Kunsthalle Winterhur, Switzerland; Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK.
Group exhibitions include Shape of Things to Come: New
Sculpture, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2011); Monumental:
Contemporary Figurative Sculpture Herbert Johnson Museum of
Art New York (2010) and Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia