Artist Jean van Wijk
Media photograph on constructed wood board
Size 23.5 x 23.5 x 1 in. / 59.7 x 59.7 x 2.5 cm.
Sold $950 Estimate $1,250 - $2,500
signed and dated verso; bears title on label verso; unframed
originally purchased by Dan and Karen Westwood at the 2008 SAAG Art Auction; donated by Dan and Karen Westwood; proceeds from this work go to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery [SAAG], Lethbridge - for more information on the gallery, visit saag.ca
Jean van Wijk ~ [b.1953] Dutch
see artist's website jeanvanwijk.nl
Dutch artist Jean van Wijk was born in Brussels (1953), grew up in Rotterdam, and works and lives in the Netherlands. He works on visual representations, interpreting architectural and linguistic structures as the constructed counterpoint of the human skin; the organic versus the constructed membranes between inner and outside worlds.
There is some theoretic reference here to the Dutch monk-architect Dom H. van der Laan and to the french semiologist Roland Barthes, especially to the 1977 course of lectures called "Comment vivre ensemble." However, his approach remains un-academic, mainly poetic. Roughly from 2000 on, he realizes several series of autonomous works, visualizing - and forthcoming from - his thinking of architectural, scenic, and linguistic phenomena as interfaces between personal and collective processes.