Selected works by Folkert de Jong

Folkert de Jong
The Peckhamian Mimic

2007

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones

Log approx: 90 x 530 x 105 cm Figure: 158 x 40 x 105 cm

Folkert de Jong’s figurative installations combine a touch of ironic Old Master tableaux vivant-style composition with a strong dose of the macabre. His polyurethane foam mannequins have an arresting life-like quality, which makes their dirty and broken down facture all the more affecting.
Frozen in permanent gestures like ventriloquist’s dummies (The Peckhamian Mimic, 2007), sometimes quasi-drunkenly gurning or grinning, as in Asalto de la Diligencia (2008) or expressionlessly looking on, these posturing figures have an eerie charge, like carnivalesque puppet grim reapers rising from the detritus of post-industrial culture, poignantly made out of a material that will not last.

Folkert de Jong
Seht der Mensch; The Shooting Lesson (and details)

2007

7 figures

Installation variable approx. 800 x 800 x 300 cm

Thematically, De Jong’s carefully decayed constructions often deal with unfair deals, profiteering, and the ghosts of colonialism and imperialism. The figures in The Dance (2008) all happen to be made from a single mould, based on a composite of a 16th-17th century trader character amalgamated from historical figures such as Pedro de Alvarado, Peter de Minuit and Hernan Cortes, as well as Rembrandt’s Nightwatch.
The installation recalls the monument in New York’s Battery Park celebrating the Dutch purchase of Manhattan for some beads and mirrors; here, as the artist explains, “the clones are trading with themselves, their own kind, ripping off each other and dancing towards their destiny; self-destruction.” The characters’ grand, nightmarish song and dance has a deathly tone, with its symbolic black coating, like dripping tar.

Folkert de Jong
The Dance

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones. Overall installation.

190 x 400 x 300 cm

There is something inherently perverse about making such carefully crafted figures out of a material so trashy, fragile and ephemeral. The desolate figures in The Shooting Lesson (2007) recreate characters taken from Picasso’s Les Saltimbanques, melancholy harlequins reminiscent of the cycle of life and of human powerlessness. “We humans have to face the fact that we are part of a natural process, no matter who or where you are on planet earth. It is embedded in our system, but there is hope! Morality, intelligence and compassion can save us.”

Folkert de Jong
The Dance - The Player (detail)

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones.

Folkert de Jong
The Dance - J.P. Coen (detail)

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones.

Folkert de Jong
The Dance - Balthazar G (detail)

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones.

Folkert de Jong
The Dance - A.J. Renders (detail)

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones.

Folkert de Jong
The Dance - Gulden (detail)

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, artificial gemstones.

Folkert de Jong
Asalto de la Diligencia (and details)

2008

Styrofoam, pigmented polyurethane foam, coloured acrylic sheets

300 x 120 x 300 cm

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional images and information – Folkert de Jong

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Folkert de Jong

artnet.com
Various and images - Folkert de Jong

folkertdejong.com
Artists website – links to reviews, selected works and other information about the

astridhonoldoffice.com
Representing gallery – additional images, reviews and exhibition information.

jamescohan.com
Representing gallery – links to reviews, articles, videos and upcoming events

re-title.com
James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce the first New York solo gallery exhibition by Dutch artist, Folkert de Jong , who reinvents monuments and classical figurative sculpture by combining fictional and factual histories into life-sized sculptural tableaux.

nytimes.com
“Folkert De Jong: Les Saltimbanques” Folkert de Jong is a young Dutch sculptor, though looking at his debut New York solo show at the James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea you would swear he was from Los Angeles.

hvcca.com
De Jong is one of the most innovative young sculptors today whose first museum exposure in the US was at the HVCCA in two seminal exhibitions: "Figure It Out" and "Reverence."

outsidetheivorytower.blogspot.com
Blog featuring works by Folkert de Jong - In his work, De Jong stages chaotic figurative scenes using Styrofoam and polyurethane foam. His works are often concerned with historical issues as well as current issues of the moment such as wars and the abuse of power. His works convey an uncanny and dream-like quality where the perverse often collides with the familiar.

dailyserving.com
Dutch artist Folkert de Jong is currently exhibiting in his first New York solo exhibition "Les Saltimbanques," with the James Cohan Gallery. Since attending the Rijksakademie for Visual Arts in Amsterdam, the artist has reached international acclaim for his figurative sculptures that often depict historical scenes which are manipulated to reveal both humor and the grotesque simultaneously.