- On 11/11/2020
It took some time to sort and edit all the images that I've shot during my last great solo exhibition in Haguenau, France in September 2020. The final video is a low budget video as I couldn't afford a professionnal video team to shoot. Some of the images shake a little too much, lightning isn't always perfect but I think it gives a good impression of the event that took place in a historical building offering an exhibition space of nearly 200 m² in the heart of the city. Besides the new video hereafter there are many others to view on my YouTube channel (search for Johannes BlonK Geometric Art Videos). Enjoy yourself!
- On 22/10/2020
In September 2020 I held my third solo exhibition in the historic heart of Haguenau, 40 km North of Strasbourg in France. The city put at my disposal an exhibition space of 200 m² in a former chapel that was part of the city's hospital until 1983. The building dates from 1757 and is quite particular as it has, in the center, a circular opening to the upperfloors which made it possible for patients to assist to the service from above. On groundlevel it results in a perfect place to stall out my ecological inspired installation with the red ball "Fonte des Glaces".
More than 400 visitors came by to see the exhibition entitled "Entre Art & Architecture" despite the Coronavirus restrictions. There was a peferct marriage between my geometric artworks and this historic building. For those who weren't able to come, no need to cry, here is a small photo impression (you can zoom in by clicking on the pictures). I'm also mounting a small video that I will post on my YouTube channel later.
- On 08/09/2020
- On 26/07/2020
Little text in this article this time (I have a lot to do at present). In 5 pictures you can witness the "birth" of another new artwork called "United Colors": You can zoom in on all the pictures.
Title: United Colors
Acrylique paint on wood/MDF
Dimensions: 30 x 110 x 4 cm
Weight: nearly 4 kg
Created in June 2020
- On 13/06/2020
Here is a video in which you can see assembling a new artwork. It is the final step in my process of creation that is quite technical and time consuming. Click on the video and you will be linked to YouTube where I posted more videos. Hope you like it.
- On 09/06/2020
I'm ready for the last phase in the creation of a new artwork. For me the real initial moment of creation lies far behind me. When I assemble the artwork I'm working towards the moment of "truth": do all elements fit in place as foreseen, is the artwork in "balance", do the colors match?
Spreaded out on the table you see the 39 wooden elements needed for this piece of art. Each part is covered by 7-8 layers of primer, paint and varnish. You probably won't have the slightest idea what arwork may come out of this "puzzle". I do ofcourse, approximately. That sounds strange but you have to take in mind that painting all elements takes a lot of time. Therefore I create a manual (it lies on the right side of the table) so I do know what it should look like and where to place all the elements.
Assembling the artwork is a tricky business. It's important to stay calm and avoid any scratches. I will post a video here shortly to show you how I proceed. So....
Keep coming back and thanks for your visit!
- On 21/04/2020
The lockdown due to the Coranavirus doesn't stop or depresses me, fortunately!
The Archi-Mini's are selling quite well in the States and the Netherlands. As the stock on certain models becomes short it was time to restart production.
I consider myself very lucky having in fact three workshops: the barn in which I create the artworks that need machinery, a room inside the house where I paint small artworks and the cellar beneath the house where I am now.
This is where I paint bigger artworks, where I apply primer and, as shown in the picture, where I apply varnish on the supports for the Archi-Mini's. These supports are made out of oak or ash that had the time to dry out and I can get them from a carpenter in the village. Today we call this 'green logistics'.
At the same time I'm also working on four new large artworks in the landscape format. They are already under painting. Furthermore I'm planning to make black monochrome artworks in which I will use sexy stockings.
You see the artist is still alive an occupied. He even found some time to write an article!
Remain active and in good health you too!
- On 10/08/2019
Since a few years I take part in exhibitions organized by the foundation Vierplus (a group of dutch galleries working together). These exhibitions allow me to show my artworks to a public interested in geometric art at locations of architectural interest. In this way I can also show the link between my work and modern architecture.
Post NL issued a series of stamps related to functional architecture ("Het Nieuwe Bouwen") that was much in vogue between the two World Wars. Concrete and new developed metal constructions made it possible to build practical, efficient and healthy buildings offering a lot of daylight and fresh air.
The first stamp shows houses in Utrecht (centre of the Netherlands) designed by the well known architect Rietveld. My small architectural artworks, the Archi-Minis have been on exhibition here (see picture below). The other stamp shows a former sanatorium in Hilversum near Utrecht named "De Zonnestraal" by the architects Duiker and Bijvoet. I had artworks on show here in 2019 during the Essentie exhibition.