How to Win Friends and Influence People
3 September - 8 October 2016
Galerie Rianne Groen is proud to present a solo exhibition with new work by Miko Veldkamp.
Miko Veldkamp's paintings have a nostalgic, dreamy quality, but at the same time are very straightforward and direct in their execution and content. Though they pay homage to the heritage of painting by combining various genres and categorical styles, they seem to have an inner logic, a DNA of their own, in which thick layers, smooth surfaces and light transparent brushstrokes alternate and complement each other.
Veldkamp uses observations and conversations equally as starting points for a work. He then paints from memory and without hesitation, to get the purest possible rendering of a single mental image.
For his recent body of work Miko Veldkamp has loosely drawn inspiration from the paintings of L.S. Lowry and the clay sculptures of Fischli and Weiss, to evoke an everyday kind of industrialism, but one that is global and on coffee and steroids. Most of the works are painted on the same size canvas to minimize hierarchy between the images. Underneath this self-imposed restriction a broader, open-ended narrative occurs. Imagery of immigrants on a small boat alternate a painting of the pope taking selfies, without placing more value on one or the other.
Miko Veldkamp lives and works in Rotterdam and New York. He was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2012 and 2013, and was awarded the Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University in 2014/15. Veldkamps work has been shown in the United States and the Netherlands.