BlonK News

Articles in the press

  • On 08/09/2020

Two nicely written articles covering my solo exhibition "Entre Art & Architecture" in September 2020 have appeared in the press. If you want to improve your french you can read them on my Press & TV page by clicking on the photo.

2020-09-08 DNA Solo Exhibition Haguenau, France

New Artwork "United Colors" in five pictures

  • 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.

Where to start? BlonK - United Colors (1:1) 2020  BlonK assembling United Colors  (picture 1 - 1:1) 2020  BlonK assembling United Colors (picture 2 - 1:1) 2020  BlonK assembling United Colors (picture 3 - 1:1) 2020  BlonK - United Colors is finished! (1:1) 2020








Title: United Colors
Acrylique paint on wood/MDF
Dimensions: 30 x 110 x 4 cm
Weight: nearly 4 kg
Created in June 2020
 

BlonK in action on YouTube

  • 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.

New artworks like jigsaws puzzles

  • On 09/06/2020

Johannes BlonK ready to assemble

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!

 

 

 

Lockdown or not, the artist continues!

  • On 21/04/2020

The lockdown due to the Coranavirus doesn't stop or depresses me, fortunately!

Johannes BlonK varnishing supports for the Archi-Miniss
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!
Greetings.
 

Archi-Minis - A real export product!

  • On 06/02/2020

The Archi-Minis are exporting better and better and start to travel around the world.

8 Archi-Mini's already found a home in the USA in Pasadena, Salt Lake City, Washington and New York.
The latest sale is underway to Panama City and should find a very appropriate place in one of the highest buildings overthere, the JW Marriott Tower (see picture on the followup page).

In Europe these small architectural art objects mainly go to France and The Netherlands.
Recently an art collector in the Netherlands sent me a picture to show what a great place she gave to Archi-Mini 5B in her office.
The artwork is in really good company with the Pythagorus tree from Koos Verhoef on the left and a sculpure from Henk Rusman on the right. And what a coincidence, together with these dutch artists I took part in the Essentie exhibitions.

I'm very happy to see one of my creations getting such a nice place. Magnifique!

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Exhibitions in architectural buildings

  • 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.

Stamp Post NL 2018 - Houses by the architect Rietveld2019 08 sanatorium zonnestraal

 

 

 

 

 

The first stamp shows homes in Utrecht (centre of the Netherlands) designed by the well known architect Rietveld. My small architectural artworks, the Archi-Minis can be seen and bought here, link: Post Erasmuslaan 5. The other stamp shows a former sanatorium in Hilversum near Utrecht named "De Zonnestraal" by the architects Duiker and Bijvoet. Il will take part in the next "Essentie" exhibition that will be held here from the 9th 'till 13th October 2019. Click on Exhibitions for more details.

Archi-Minis in a Rietveld house - Utrecht NL © BlonK 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanatorium Zonnestraal, Utrecht NL photo https://www.zonnestraalhilversum.nl


Below another example of modern architecture in Strasbourg in France. What was part of the harbour in the past has become a lively new quarter with shops, restaurants and bars. The building on the left was used for storage in the past now it is the new multi-media public library. I will put my artworks on show here the 9th September 2019.

Île Malraux, Strasbourg, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In May 2019 I was also lucky taking part of the Essentie exhibition at another interesting site in terms of architecture, the Dingemanshuys in Utrecht:

Dingemanshuys Utrecht NL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built in 1964 following the drawings of dutch architect Piet Dingemans. The building served him as office and home. It was made with standard concrete blocks. You will find more information and images from the interior if you click on this link: Dingemanshuys.
 

Let's end this news item with two souvenirs from the Essentie exhibition in Bolsward in the North of the Netherlands. It was held in the Broerekerk, a church damaged by a fire in 1980. It became a glass roof in 2006. Makes me think about Notre Dame in Paris.

Broerekerk, Bolsward, NL

   Broerekerk, Bolsward, NL 2018 in front of