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The work of Jan Maarten Voskuil is characterised by smooth curves and bright, monochromatic colours held taught by precisely engineered structures. Voskuil’s work often responds to architecture, curving around corners and between walls. By engaging with the space, and introducing a sculptural structure he undermines the importance of colourful geometric abstractions on the picture plane. Indeed the part hidden structures are often more complex than the presented surface itself. Voskuil’s constructions are accompanied by humorous titles with double meanings; ‘There is no point in Orange’ for example suggests the lack of corners in the depicted orange circle while referring simultaneously to frustrations with the language of geometric abstract painting.
Jan Maarten Voskuil (b. 1964) is a graduate of the State University of Groningen (Netherlands) and Ateliers Arnhem (Netherlands). Solo exhibitions include Pointing Inside, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (forthcoming, 2012), The Alphabet of Silly Colors, Art Sensus, London (2012), New Characters, Concept Space, Shibukawa, Japan (2012), Closing The Gap, Salamatina Gallery, Manhasset, New York (2011), Gallery Rob de Vries, Haarlem, Netherlands (2011), New Works, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim, Germany (2010), Running Around In Circles, Dum Umeni, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic (2008), Flat and Outstanding, Museum Het Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2007) and Loop, Kunstruimte 09, Groningen, Netherlands (2007). Group shows include Gold, Museum Belvedere, Vienna (2012), Punkte, Wilhelm Hackmusueum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (2012), Spektrale 2011, Rheingoldhalle, Mainz, Germany (2011), Collection Presentation Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands (2010 and 2011), Reflecties, Museum De Lakenhal/ Scheltemacomplex, Leiden, Netherlands (2010), Crisscross, Wannieck Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic (2010), Unfinished Business, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, Austria (2009), A bit o’white’, CCNOA, Brussels (2007) and Pas de soucis…, Non Objectif Sud, Tulette, France (2007).