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A monographic publication
by Dutch photographer and visual artist, Jan Adriaans

Jan Adriaans is a photographer and visual artist working with photography, installation and video. His body of work thoroughly and methodically investigates materials and space. A subsequent and representative gesture in his practice consists of undertaking an intervention in a given space (public or private) by adding, removing and/or shifting some detail of the décor, before recording the ephemeral installation with a photograph or a video. Confronted with images shot without a prior mise-en-scène by the artist, the modified sets create a subtle décalage and/or awkwardness, an intangible confusion, a certain awareness and consequently, a different perception or interpretation. His artworks also interrogate the social connotation and value of materials through their decadence and elevation to a higher status. Assigning human qualities to textures, components and deserted décors, Jan Adriaans plays with the idea of fetishism and its relationship to physicality.

This monograph contains three booklets:

- Ultrabright, Close to Being Deaf is a retrospective booklet compiling works by Jan Adriaans realized between 2005 and 2011, including a text by Annemartine van Kesteren, curator at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, NL).

- Talisman is an exhibition on paper curated by Jan Adriaans, presenting a selection of works by his friends and artists he admires. Featuring: Tonio de Roover, Simon Kentgens, Jesse Nortier, Milou van Ham, Babette Kleijn, Regan Gentry, and Wineke Gartz. These artworks were collected thematically by Adriaans as ornaments and amulets.

- The Ideal Cut is an artist's book using this medium as an installation in the vein of a space intervention by Jan Adriaans. It presents a body of work encompassing a diamond as its motif and its impossibility of perfection.

JAN ADRIAANS (1972 - Veghel, The Netherlands).
Lives and works in Rotterdam. Jan Adriaans studied at the St. Joost Academy, Department of Photography and Post-Academy St. Joost, autonomous. His residencies and projects include traveling to Argentina (El Basilisco, Buenos Aires), Egypt (Townhouse, Cairo), Mexico, Canada and Serbia. In 2010, his book Garage was published by Fw: . Selected exhibitions and venues include: TZR Galerie Kai Brückner, Düsseldorf; Nai Architect Institute Rotterdam; Photo Museum in Rotterdam; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Hall 5 The Hague; Paris Photo; Galerie van Kranendonk, The Hague; Festival Urbaines Lausanne; Lian Zhou Photo Festival; Art Rotterdam Art Fair and the Villa do Condo Film Festival.

Tiltle: Jan Adriaans
Author: Jan Adriaans
3 booklets - Format: 18,5 x 14 cm
64 pages
Language: English
Limited edition of 250 hand-numbered copies
12 euros (+ 3 euros for shipping if ordered on our website)

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