Vertical Gallery is very proud to present Collin van der Sluijs’ debut USA solo show, Luctor Et Emergo (I struggle and emerge), May 7–28, 2016.
Collin van der Sluijs (b. 1980) is a Dutch artists whose unique pieces have brought him worldwide recognition. He started writing graffiti at the age of eleven, and when he was twelve he began his studies at the professional painting college in Goes. He spent the next eight years studying various art disciplines in different schools across the Netherlands and graduated from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in Breda with a bachelor title in 2004.
The character of his work is marked by the various artistic techniques he blends together and his unusual subjects. He has created his own intricate, colorful, odd world with the subjects of his pieces. He takes inspiration for these subjects from the personal pleasures and the struggles of daily life. This world when expressed through the various techniques Collin has mastered, creates beautiful, multi-dimensional pieces of art work, that draw the eye in and keep it there.
Collin van der Sluijs’ exceptional work has been published in magazines and books, and shown in galleries across the world—in The Netherlands, Germany, France, England, Belgium, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, and USA.
Last week Super-A and i made this collaboration in Berlin for Urban Nation Berlin, for the ´One Wall’project, in the ´Tegel ´ area. The wall is located at Neheimer Strasse 6. Thanks to Urban Nation team for having us. Good times! Photos by Nika Kramer for Urban Nation Berlin.
Text by Urban Nation: Good morning with a beautiful sunrise over Berlin … Early Bird gets the worm.. Progress shot#wip of the work by @mr.super_a and @collinvandersluijs for our One Wall project…part of the concept of this wall was based on this fact : the flocks form a tight sphere-like formation as in flight almost like a fish swarm same principle and by frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape without any sort of leader protect each other as a group from attackers. Each starling changes its course and speed as a result of the movement of its neighbor but how and who triggers the change exactly is unclear and yet all support the movements adjust and stay strong together as a unit ….another great Mother Nature concept.
On the 6th of february the ´Winter Group Show´ is taking place at Vertical Gallery in Chicago, every artist made 2 works on 60 x 60 cm, for the show i made the 2 works above on birch panels. For one of them i asked my 4 year old daughter to help me with the drawings, was a lot of fun. When i see her drawing i realise how much fun and spontaneous energy you loose. Go to Vertical Gallery if you want more information or a pre-sale list from the works in the show.
In the last couple of months i didn´t post here a lot, inbetween groupshows and mural projects i am working on a serious body of work for next year. Since march this year i am working on a solo-exhibition that will take place at Vertical Gallery in Chicago. There is a lot of work that needs to be done, but the process is going steady, step by step in a good vibe. For now, here is a detail from one of the larger works in progress (130 x 180 cm).
Here are some photos from last week, we joined forces again, and made this mural for the city of Genk, Belgium. The wall is about ‘senses’
Thanks to Streetartfestival, Kurt Bosmans for organizing the spot and the support! Soon there will be good photo from the mural.
Last month i made 2 new small works (30×40 cm) on canvas for the upcoming show ‘Foliage’ at Flower Pepper gallery that opens at the 5th of september.
Opening: Saturday, Sept 5th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Exhibition: September 5th – October 6th, 2015
Acey Thompson, Chelsea Gustafsson, Collin van der Sluijs, Denae Wilkowski, Edith Waddell, Heather Gross, Helen Bayly, Jacob van Loon, Jaclyn Alderete, Jon Lau, Kelly Louise Judd, Lauren Marx, Marissa Quinn, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Simon Kangiser, Susanne Apgar, Valerie Pobjoy, Vanessa Foley, William Joseph Dunn, Yejin Oh
Special Window Installation by Emiko Woods & Amy Van Gilder
On Saturday, September 5th, Flower Pepper Gallery is pleased to present Foliage, a flora and fauna inspired collection of works by Acey Thompson, Chelsea Gustafsson, Collin van der Sluijs, Denae Wilkowski, Edith Waddell, Heather Gross, Helen Bayly, Jacob van Loon, Jaclyn Alderete, Jon Lau, Kelly Louise Judd, Lauren Marx, Marissa Quinn, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Simon Kangiser, Susanne Apgar, Valerie Pobjoy, Vanessa Foley, William Joseph Dunn, Yejin Oh.
Foliage brings together an eclectic group of artists who share a common bond in the way they imaginatively portray nature. Each artist has approached this theme with a different perspective and unique technical style, but together they provide a well-rounded glimpse of our world rarely seen. Participating artist Vanessa Foley describes this theme as something integral to all of her work. “My love of nature and art are inseparable, and I could never imagine one without the other.” Just as each mark of Vanessa’s work highlights and elevates her subject, artist Edith Waddell uses themes found in nature to explore the human psyche. “I use elements taken from flora, fauna and my own recurrent dreams to personify internal emotional conflicts on such subjects as phobia, genetic experimentation, maternity, narcissism, seduction and spirituality. Fragments from the exterior natural world, as well as our own internal emotional world, inspire the concepts in my work.” While each artist chooses to focus and depict these natural elements in a different way, they all leave us with the challenge to look more closely and go outside often.
Several artists have chosen to create diptychs for this exhibition, which playfully interact with each other while allowing us to see greater glimpses of the entire vision that inspired them. From the surreal workings of Susanne Apgar, to the abstract imaginings of Collin van der Sluijs, each piece begs to be studied just as artist Marissa Quinn faithfully studies the cyclical patterns found within her environment through her “delicate penwork [that] guides the viewer through a journey of nature’s paradox of growth through decay.” Foliage ventures to return to the roots of the earth where reality and fantasy collide, to create new growth and study the ever-evolving and intricate world around us.
The reception is open to the public and on view until October 6th, 2015
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A short and pleasurable journey
a group exhibition curated by The Jaunt
Saturday, September 5, 2015 – Vertical Gallery – Chicago
We are super excited to announce our very first group exhibition! Together with the good people at Vertical Gallery in Chicago, we are combining all aspects of our project. Unique and original artworks will be on show, alongside all the prints from our global collection, ranging from Helsinki to Seoul and Riga to Mexico City.
Participating artists who will showcase unique and original works in the exhibition are: Collin van der Sluijs, Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Cody Hudson, David Shillinglaw, Hedof, Amanda Marie, Saša Ostoja, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Daniel Frost, Miss Lotion and Andrea Wan
The group exhibition will also be the official US book launch of our first publication. The book highlights and tells the stories of our first ten artists and their trips through sketches, photographs and interviews. The curator and travel planner of the project, Jeroen Smeets, will be attending the exhibition as well, and is looking forward to meeting you at the opening night.
If you are in the Chicago neighbourhood on the 5th of September, you are very welcome to join us for the opening night. Or, if you’re passing by Chicago in the next few weeks, you can visit Vertical Gallery until the 26th of September to view the exhibition.
A short and pleasurable journey, A group exhibition curated by The Jaunt
September 5 – 26, 2015
Opening reception, Saturday, September 5, 6-10pm.
Vertical Gallery, 1016 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
About Vertical Gallery:
Vertical Gallery is Chicago’s premier urban-contemporary art gallery. Established in 2013 in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood, the gallery focuses on work influenced by street art, urban environments, pop culture, graphic design and illustration. Vertical Gallery is working to bring this art form to a broader audience and eliminate the barriers that exist between traditional institutions, contemporary galleries, art collectors and casual viewers.
The gallery is located in Chicago at 1016 N. Western Avenue, and online at www.verticalgallery.com . Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00am – 6:00pm, or by appointment.
Here are the four new works i made for the show: .
The 4 works i made for the show are all 13 x 18 inch, and they are based on travelling/ discovery/ and the trip i did for The Jaunt to Porto.
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