Jan Ros


The paintings by Jan Ros do not deny their photographic ancestry. Whether automobiles or architecture, interiors or landscapes, the process of painting always begins with photographies, yet proceeds from there to question the special conditions required to (re)produce an object in the medium of paint. Jan Ros responds with a phenomenon that can be regarded as the central topos of modernity: the blur, the passage, the dissolution of the body and contours under fleeting observation. It is this perspective that makes his city views in particular look like landscapes seen from a passing car.

So it is not surprising that, besides architectural and landscape scenes, Jan Ros is painting fuel stations and highway intersections, as well as cars, and airplanes. These are pictorial vehicles that permit an inverse view of the origins of mobility and speed (also in painting).

In an equally consequentially way, the painter has repeatedly revisited the kinds of buildings presented as artifacts of early International architecture, such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House or other famous bungalows, which would hardly be conceivable without the changes in our perception.

 


 


VITA
 

1961
born in Winterswijk, Netherlands

1980-81
Studies of Art History at University Utrecht

1981-87
Academy of Fine Arts, Utrecht

1987-91
Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

lives and works in Amersfoort, Netherlands

 

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2018 2018
Full House –  10 Jahre, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
City Site, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (with Hein Spellmann)

2017
24 Hours, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (solo)

2015
Neubau, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
Rue Vierkant, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (solo)
The Magnificant Seven, Skovbo Kunstforening, Ringsted, Kunstverening Brondby
Modernistische Architectuur in hededaagse kunst, Mondriaanhuis, Amersforrt

2014
Sounds of Silence, Museum CODA, Appeldoorn
De Stad in MIJ, Museum Ijsselstein
The Magnificent Seven, Kunstforening Haderslev

2013
Halte Dich fern von offenen Fenstern, Rasche Ripken, Berlin
The Poetics of Space, ACEC Apeldoorn
Futuro, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (solo)

2011
Märklin World, Kunsthal Kade Amersfoort
Under construction, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (solo)
Young European Landscape, Centrum Hungaricum, Berlin

2010
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam (solo)

2009
Rush Hour, Rasche Ripken, Berlin (solo)

2008
Made in Holland, Contempo Collectie, Eindhoven
Galerie Oliver Houg, Lyon (solo)

2007
countdown, Galerie Stefan Rasche, Münster

2005
InterActiv, Palacio de Don Manuel, Evora
Kunstenlab, Deventer (with Loes Enklaar)

2004
de ruimtelijke ordening, Stadsmuseum Woerden

2002
In optima forma, De Zonnehof, Amersfoort

2001
Galerie Contempo, Rotterdam (solo)