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Galerie Fons Welters is proud to present the new exhibi tion by Belgian artist Jan De Cock\, titled: ‘ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’. 

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For his sixth solo show at t he gallery De Cock has turned the space into ‘a sparse and splintered roman tic landscape’. A realm of autonomous sculptures that modestly seek each ot her’s company. While building on series from the past years\, De Cock’s rec ent installation displays both his oeuvre’s cyclic structure as well as int roduces new sculptural forms. 

The exhibition follows ‘Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis\; a Romantic exhi bition’\, which was on display at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden in Spring 2012. Again\, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis\, icon of ‘the Sixties’\, i s the leading character in an enigmatic narrative. Jacqueline embodies the romantic ideals of her age and symbolises the beginning of a culture of the ‘spectacle’. Although remarkably conspicuous by her absence\, we might sti ll find her in subtle references such as the colour pink reminding us of he r famous ‘Chanel’ suit. In this series of works\, Jan De Cock stages Jackie as example of a specific era as well as a timeless concept. After all\, he r often imitated iconic presence questions the nature of an image and makes us wonder what lies behind (her beloved dark sunglasses).

At Galerie Fons Welters\, the artist pre sents two sculptural series bearing the initials JKO and composed of chipbo ard\, several types of natural wood\, plaster and acrylic paint. Together\, these works create a concentrated yet playful view on Romanticism. In the gallery’s scenery\, we can walk amidst several pillar-like sculptures. Lift ed by a pedestal base\, these slender constellations called Krise (Crisis) point upwards into the very gallery space\, and at the same time can be tra ced back to the artist’s studio. A frontal view on most Krises illuminates their white cube completion\, whereas plaster traces at the bottom and worn or raw surfaces at the back show ‘the flip side of the “spectacle”’ and re flect a continual unfinishedness.

The other\, Romantik installations recall the visual elements and layering effect of the ‘Monument’ sculptures from De Cock’s previous show Repromotion at the gallery in 2010. This time however\, the assemblages hav e been moved to the side and present themselves as reliefs\, or ‘windows’\, on the wall. Each collage starts with a large green lacquered steel frame. In front of and behind this\, layers and plateaus of various wood types ha ve been affixed. A resulting organic ‘interplay of openings\, see-throughs and mist’ sets these sculptural landscapes in motion. JKO Romantik IX for i nstance\, shows a rhythmic composition of lines that ultimately flow into a n ever-streaming waterfall.

The ‘Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis project’ forms a complex web of careful ly selected fragments. In addition to the sculptural installations\, Jan De Cock has created two artist books\; a collection of six photographic Cahie rs and a Handbook. Through their encyclopaedic character they appear to gui de the viewer\, who is simultaneously left to wander the in-between. And al so on the material surface of the sculptures – next to touches of soft pink \, yellow\, blue\, red and green paint – the openness of the non-colour whi te shines. In opposition to today’s spectacle and visual saturation\, Jan D e Cock invites the spectator to take an in-depth look\, and picture his or her own image. 

Sourc e: Johan Holten\, Liene Aerts\, Luc Dereyke\, ‘Jan de Cock: Jacqueline Kenn edy Onassis: A Romantic Exhibition (Handbook)’\, Staatliche Kunsthalle Bade n-Baden\, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig\, 2012

Jan De Cock (1976) lives and works i n Brussels\, Belgium. He exhibited his large scale installations and interv entions in diverse solo exhibitions such as recently at Staatliche Kunsthal le Baden Baden (2012)\; Galeria Filomena Soares\, Lissabon\; Galerie Fons W elters\, Amsterdam\; Palais de Bozar\, Brussels (2009)\; MoMA\, New York (2 008)\; Haus Konstruktiv\, Zurich (2006)\; Schirn Kunsthalle (2005)\; Tate M odern (2005) and De Appel\, Amsterdam (2003).

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