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Rene Jansen: Elemental Formations

Rene Jansen: Elemental Formations

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When:

  • Mon 20 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 21 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 22 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 23 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 24 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 27 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 28 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 29 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 30 Jun ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 1 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 4 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 5 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 6 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 7 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 8 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 11 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 12 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 13 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 14 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 15 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 18 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 19 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 20 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 21 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 22 Jul ’16, 8:30am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Jasmax, 2 Marston St, Parnell

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Neo-Concrete-inspired sculpture exhibition at Jasmax:

Rene Jansen’s exhibition of new sculptural works opens at Jasmax on Thursday 23 June. “Elemental Formations” is a series of wall-mounted relief sculptures that feature precise execution in contemporary materials and abstract geometric design; simple, yet subtly provocative and surprisingly ethereal.

Oratia-based sculptor Rene Jansen says he has relished the opportunity to exhibit at Jasmax. “This new series of works is in part a response to the exhibition space itself, as well as being a culmination of my explorations so far,” he says.

Many years of working with hard and soft materials have brought the artist a deepening appreciation of the endless potential to explore synergies in simple shape, texture, material and colour combinations. Playful interventions in plane and placement, like question marks, build in literal and metaphorical depth.

Working in three dimensions brings challenges and expands potential. The sculptor consciously limits the range of materials and elements he uses in this body of work. The constraints contribute to the intensity and coherence in this series and demand a surprisingly intuitive and vulnerable response from the sculptor. The challenges of the physical assembly itself lead to innovation and forward movement, and paradoxically create a myriad of what he calls ‘unexpected environments’.

The Brazilian Neo-Concrete art movement, as well as the Zero movement, have influenced Jansen’s work. A sense of mystery and the metaphysical is inherent in his approach, with contrasting associations subtly invoking opposites and archetypes such as masculine and feminine, the overt and the covert.

Jansen sees the physical presence of each sculpture as a challenge to the space around it. ”Sculptural work is more about challenging everything that’s out there – the elements cut through space, in a way.”

While basing his works predominantly on contemporary materials such as aluminium and lucite, the artist includes materials like brass and textiles, with a resonance from other time periods. Anachronistic elements like these act as a counterpoint and reminder of a more holistic view of life.

Different treatments, layering and the use of fine detail in an otherwise simple design, contribute to the tension between the apparent and the underlying suggestion.

Rene Jansen has been a resident artist at Corban’s Art Centre and has taken part in various group and solo exhibitions. He currently works from a studio in Oratia, Auckland.

Artist contact details: reinhart-create@hotmail.com.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday 23 June, 5.30 - 7.30 pm.
RSVP: if attending, please contact reinhart-create@hotmail.com.

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