Jeroen Nelemans solo exhibition at THE MISSION-Chicago, IL

Jan 3, 2013

The Mission is pleased to present Returning to the Cave, an exhibition of recent works by Jeroen Nelemans. In his first solo exhibition at The Mission, Nelemans’ multidisciplinary work investigates the construct of an image, specifically how the digital image can be manipulated to contemporary notions of sight and seeing. Four new series involving light boxes, light fixtures and photography investigate the “lifespan” of an image, the origin of an image and its history.

Jeroen Nelemans, works from the Mondrian series, 2011, courtesy the artist

Nelemans takes this opportunity to explore perceptible changes in new media and digital technology through the unexpected filter of old world culture. This is evident in the new works, whether it is through the appropriation of another artists’ work, viewed through the lens of a camera on a computer screen; or in the creation of a map of the city of Eindhoven, utilizing negative space to display the city. In other works, Nelemans challenges the traditional use of a light box, whether he is removing the framework of that light box and simply applying a colored film to fluorescent light tubes in order to create an image cast off of the wall, or challenging the spatial forms of the light box where image itself is given a new structure. All of Nelemans’ works are influenced directly by the importance of the quality of light intrinsic to the piece, an homage to his Dutch heritage.

Jeroen Nelemans, works from the “From the Postcard” series, courtesy The Mission and the artist

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated brochure, featuring a conversation between Nelemans and Gilbert Vicario, Senior Curator at the Des Moines Art Center.