10 – 30 june 2009

Jeroen Jongeleen influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)

‘influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)’ will show of the latest works of Jeroen Jongeleen (NL). This Rotterdam based artist plays the streets in an attempt to leave traces that echo its possibilitities and limitations. Rules and gravity are ignored to celebrate the city as idea generating, thought liberating display of human inhabitation. His marks are neither vandalism nor message-loaded signs only, but a humble attempt nonetheless to communicate the outside as free open ground. One of the keypieces that will probably be shown is “the Climbing of Buildings, Fences and other Opportunities”, showing photo registrations of the artists interacting with architecture, interpreting the builded surface of cities not as a collection of limitations, but as one open invitation to play.

Jeroen Jongeleen’s sticker and graffiti actions counter the standardized and commercialized inner-city spaces with subtle interventions. Under the label ‘Influenza’ – referring to its potential effect as uninvited distorted of the common, creating an alias for the maker at the same time – Jongeleen continuously develops new signs, figures and texts. He often makes direct reference to the hegemony of architectural structures and public advertising displays, shifts or supplements their visual codes.

Jeroen Jongeleen grasps his work not only as an activist strategy, but also as an examination of the possibilities of artistic expression in public space. Under the name Influenza this unguided projectile is doing multiple interventions in the public domain, hiding under the banner of contemporary art.

In his work he plays with all the different sets of codes and rules that are around to control the cities. He did various stickerprojects to play with the rules, regulations and our habits that are out there. Readjustments of already existing street elements like his ‘repainted graffiti paintings’, gray squares painted on clean walls, or ‘information blackouts’ (crossing out the information of commercial posters in the streets) give an idea of his militant graphic approach of “free and easy accessible information flow”. He is a strong believer of the revaluation of traces we can leave behind to prove our existence for the next civilizations to come after us. “We need more damage, more use, celebration and less cover-ups. Traces of usage and signs that speak on our behalf”. THERE’S NO MEDICINE BUT INFLUENZA ITSELF

Zuzanna Hadryś
Michał Lasota

  • Jeroen Jongeleen “influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)”
  • Jeroen Jongeleen “influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)”
  • Jeroen Jongeleen “influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)”
  • Jeroen Jongeleen “influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)”