Jeronimus van Pelt
During his training at the Rietveld Academy, Jeronimus van Pelt worked on his art piece Lotus Dreams (1996). This performative installation was a copy of a Chinese restaurant constructed from his memory, recreated in a shop window. He organized dinners and discussions about space with designers, architects and artists.
The work symbolizes Van Pelt’s attitude and method. This can be traced back to a game of demarcation and creating something new. Because in order to fathom the world around him, he has to reconstruct it for himself. This is not about unraveling reality in search of rational answers. Instead, his reconstructions show how the world around him fascinates him, how he experiences, questions and sees his world.
While the first ideas often come about instinctively and intuitively, every detail counts in the development. His reconstructions are realized in meticulously constructed photographic staging, in which details are of great significance and sometimes reveal a personal symbolism. In his structure and way of telling, he repeatedly refers to painting, which is a source of inspiration and which has storytelling traditions with which he feels at home.
His working method makes no distinction between assignments and autonomous work. Although his subjects vary greatly, he often takes inspiration from science, the visual arts and conceptual themes.
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