Kaspar Dejong

Attention is selective. The human eye can handle five million units per second whereas the center of vision in the brain only can perceive five hundred. If our attention would not be selective we would be completely overwhelmed with information. Therefore selection is necessary to obtain information. Due to the process of selecting we are capable of reading and moving through complex situations in space. Moving through or reading the restless environment of the city is tiring. Even if you select or focus on just a single detail it is probably precisely the excluding malfunctions that will cost energy. It is not what we notice that is special, but that what we exclude. 

In line with the semiotic tradition Dejong explores and studies signs and symbols and traces as a significant part of communications. The urge to leave a mark is a phenomenon reoccurring throughout centuries. Where does this urge to leave a mark come from? In his work Dejong refers partly to the imaginary order: we can create an imaginary world by inventing stories that we believe are true, but in reality, are fictional. White monochromes are partly disrupted by colored dots, numbers and letters float between unsteady shapes and forms seem to have been erased unsuccessfully. Dejong starts on raw unprepared canvas, whilst stretching it on the ground the first smears, scratches and traces arise, which he sees as the origin of his composition. He freely applies subtle lines of graphite interspersed with details of spray paint, oil, and acrylic paint floating against a neutral background. He then suppresses, scratches, and erases and so creates an abstract new and unknown language, because of this a new composition is being made. This approach of painting finds its origin in public space, whereas by erasing one's trace, a new trace comes to exist. Within the process of reduction comes a new formation to exist.

"JG Ballard"

The daydream of being marooned on a desert island still has enormous appeal, how- ever small our chances of actually finding ourselves stranded on a coral atoll in the Pacif- ic. But Robinson Crusoe was one of the first books we read as children, and the fantasy endures. There are all the fascinating problems of survival, and the task of setting up, as Crusoe did, a working replica of bourgeois society and its ample comforts. This is the desert island as adventure holiday. With a supplies filled wreck lying conveniently on the nearest reef like a neighbourhood cash and carry.

The pacific atoll may not be available, but there are other islands far nearer to home, some of them only a few steps from the pavements we tread every day. They are sur- rounded, not by sea, but by concrete, ringed by chainmail fences and walled off by bomb proof glass. All the city dwellers know the constant subliminal fear of being marooned by a power of failure in the tunnels of a subway system, or trapped over a holiday weekend inside a stalled elevator on the upper floors of a deserted office building.

But as well as the many physical difficulties facing us there are the psychological ones. How resolute are we, and how far can we trust ourselves and our own motives? Perhaps, secretly, we hoped to be marooned, to escape our families, lovers and responsibilities.

Marooned in an office block or on a traffic island, we can tyrannise ourselves, test our strengths and weaknesses, perhaps come to terms with aspects of our characters to which we have always closed our eyes.

And if we find that we are not alone on the island, the scene is then set for an encounter of an interesting but especially dangerous kind.....”

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Kaspar Dejong, Maastricht(1995)
Lives and works in Amsterdam

Education
Currently studying Master Fine Arts, At Sandberg Institute.

2014-2017 Willem de Kooning academy, Rotterdam
2015-2016 Escola Massana, Grau Universitari en Arts i Disseny, Barcelona Spanje

Exhibitions

* Lumen Travo, with Sandberg fine Arts. Amsterdam. 2020
*Big art,  with Josilda da Conceicao gallery. Zaandam. 2020
*Following, Josilda da Conceicao gallery, with Bart Stolle & Octave RImbert Riviere. Amsterdam 2020. 
*The online Arch, Torch gallery. Amsterdam 2020
*This place / displaced, DMW Gallery, with Natasja Mabesoone, Fia Cielen, Emilie Terlinden, Bas van den Hout, Markus von Platen, Antoine Lortie, FIlip Collin, Celine Cuvelier, Hadrien Bruaux. Antwerpen 2020.
*Quarantine covid 19, Online exhibition curated by Xaci Ceerre, with Abel Iglesias, Carl Otto Linde, Adrian Castaneda, Amaya Suberviola, Anne Holm, Aske Hyldborg, Eliot Mowes, Eloy Arribas, Ibon Landa, Idir Davaine, Jorge Isla, Josep Maynou, Luce, M.A Erba, Mikel Ruiz Pejenaute, Milena Rossignoli, Miquel Falgas, Nacho Tusquets, Rosh, Sasha Missfeldt, Sergio Gomez, Teo Konukhov, Vincent Spek. Wu Han. 2020
*Stay at home, Online exhibition curated by Kaspar Dejong, with Tom Volkaert, Ide Andre, Ciro Duclos, Gloria Avgust, Nasbami, John Padrino, Willemeike Brand, Arthur Boer, Marria Prats, Jakob Kolb, Jim Mooijekind, Christian Thomsen, Christian Roncea, Raul Paez, Philip Zrenner, Monty von Richthofen, Boldisar Szentezki, Milena Anna Bouma, Mees van Rijckevorsel, Natacha Mankowski, Guidetti & Raul Paez. At home. 2020
*Outer limits, Singular Art, with Mees van Rijckevorsel, Maarten Nico, Hans van Haalen. Nijmegen. 2020
*Tecla Sala, with Raul Paez, Adeleida Antunez Eguarbide, Jakob Kolb, Jose Luis Barouero, Jose Manuel P. Ferrandez, Amara Nasira, Stefano Stati, Denis Ortis. Barcelona. 2020
*Art Rotterdam, Solo/Duo at Josilda da Conceicao gallery, with Bart Stolle, Rotterdam. 2020
*Sandberg Fine Art Department @Neverneverland. Amsterdam NL. 2019
*Influence the Influencer, Torch gallery, with Thomas Trum, Thijs Sweers, Casper Braat, Nasbami, Lisette van Hoogenhuyze, Ciro Duclos, Nienke Koster en Safira Tailor. Amsterdam NL. 2019
*Big art, Josilda Da Conceicao Gallery. 2019.
*De-transform, Josilda Da Conceicao Gallery. With Christian Thomsen. Amsterdam NL. 2019
*Mythes, Cwart gallery. With Berndnaut Smilde, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Joshua Wechsler. Knokke, BE. 2019
*Dapiran, with Lisette Schumacher & Jeffrey Dunsbergen, Amsterdam. 2019
*Art Rotterdam Solo/Duo at Josilda da Conceicao gallery, with Stephanie Beachler, Rotterdam. 2019
*Gloss Gallery, Tel Aviv. 2018
*This Artfair, Amsterdam. 2018
*Gwidettis world, ISO, Group show with Guido van Amelsfoort, Mylena Bouma, Mees van Rijckevorsel, Amsterdam. 2019
*Traffic gaze, DSM kunstcollectie. Sittard. 2018
*Bong a long, ISO open studios, Amsterdam. 2018
*M:OED, groupshow, Moed ofspace, Maastricht. 2017
*LIL, Brickfive gallery, group show with Jakob Kolb, Jose Manuel, Raul Paez, Vienna. 2017
*Animals of adult sobriety, Duo show with Jelte Reinders at Slash gallery, Rotterdam. 2017
*Graduation show Willem de Kooning academy, Rotterdam. 2017
*Urban labour, performance with Raul Paez, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona. 2016
*Synthesis for survival, Groupshow with, Jakob Kolb, Jose Manuel and Raul Paez at Gallery The floor, Barcelona. 2016
*Quatro Matao$$ y Dos $ubnormales, Cera 13, Barcelona. 2016
*Stateless democracy, BAK Utrecht. 2016
*Duo presentation with Jelmer Konjo Kunstuitleen, Rotterdam. 2015 
*Showroom RR, Rotterdam. 2015 Rooms, Hairmitage, Rotterdam. 2015
 *Performative painting, Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht. 2012

Residencies:
2017 Brickfive, Vienna, Oostenrijk

Published:

Het Parool, NL, Spel met imitatie. With Octave Rimbert Riviere, Bart Stolle, Josilda Da Conceicao gallery. 2020. 
Hart Magazine (BE), Zomer Expo in DMW Gallery. 2020
De Limburger, DSM. 2020. 
ArtMagazine(BE), Barstolle & Kaspar Dejong, Josilda Da Conceicao. 2020
Het parool, Influence the influencer, 2019
Mister Motley, "Dit is een vertaling". 2019
The Void magazine, Subbacultcha. 2019
Cwartaal. Kunstmagazine. 2019
Galleryviewer, By Yuki Kho & Ko van het Hek. 2019
Lost painters. 2019
Sum shots magazine. 2018
DSM traffic gaze. 2018 
INDIE magazine. 2017
Tijdschrift het ei, #53 Uitstellen. 2017
Creators Vice, Graduates 2017
Mister Motley,  Graduates. 2017

Collections:
Nationale Nederlanden NL,
DSM Kunstcollectie, Nl
MUMC Maastricht, NL
Dagblad de Limburger, NL
private collections. NL

Contact

Studio Adres: Iso
Isolatorweg 17
Amsterdam

kaspar.dejong@hotmail.com