Gallery Geranmayeh. Jan Maarten Voskuil “Breaking the Circle”




Breaking the Circle

October 24 – December 10, 2014

Opening & Artist Reception: Friday, October 24, 6-8pm

Gallery Geranmayeh is pleased to present “Breaking the Circle,”
the first solo exhibition in New York City by Dutch artist Jan Maarten Voskuil.
Voskuil is known for his unique hybrid creations, which begin with the simple geometrics of the circle and square, rooted in Minimal Art, reductionism and monochrome painting. Yet, through his manipulation of wood and canvas he arrives at complex, multidimensional creations. Working with canvas stretched over distorted wooden frames, Voskuil exposes the malleability of his materials. Wood can seem pliable, bending and curving in unexpected ways, and the canvas becomes three-dimensional. A new form emerges, bridging the distance between painting, sculpture, architecture, and installation.
In its surprising use of shapes and dimensions, Jan Maarten Voskuil’s work gives new visual meaning to the space it occupies. The pieces transform walls and corners to influence the viewer’s perception, the play of light and shadow on surfaces making the viewing experience unique with each vantage point. The interaction of the art with its environment creates a sense of movement and vitality.

This new exhibition presents Voskuil’s expert craftsmanship and originality. The titles “Circle getting rectangular” (2014) and “Getting rectangular again “playfully comment on Voskuil’s bridging of distinct shapes, and the crafted illusion of moving parts. The configuration of “Dynamic monochrome cornered” (2014) extending across two planes distorts the visual perception of the corner in which it is placed, and again suggests movement. “Broken Anthracite” (2014) and “Broken Yellow II” (2014) use stark colors and modular shapes to suggest shattered pieces; while the solid, singular colors give each piece a sense of wholeness.

Jan MaartenVoskuil (Arnhem,1964) lives and works in Haarlem, The Netherlands. He graduated in Arts at the Rijks University of Groningen (1989) and attended the postgraduate Ateliers Arnhem (1997). His work is included in various public and private collections amongst which are The Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen (Germany), The Wannieck Gallery, Brno (Czech Republic), Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Frans Halsmuseum/De Hallen, Haarlem (The Netherlands), MADI museum for Geometric Art (Dallas), CALDIC Collection, Wassenaar (The Netherlands), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (the Netherlands) and many others.

Press release here.

Image: Broken Anthracite, 2014, acrylics on linen, 105x105x10cm

Gallery Geranmayeh

956 Madison Avenue, 3R

(bet 75th & 76th)

New York, NY 10021

212. 861.6700


Hours: Weds – Fri 10-4pm, Sat 12-5

Sun-Tue by appointment



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