Alle Jong (Hemrik, 1988) is a Frisian & Dutch Artist. Alle Jong about his installation at This Art Fair:
In all of my drawings, paintings and work, you hear the echo of something that has gone extinct. It can be personal memories, histories abroad, or people that are not here anymore; it can be a changing forest view that kept artist D. Tavenraat observing. The work is my personal expression of the way I manage these feelings of life. I am always amazed by how time and history meet, how the ancient city of Herculaneum speaks to us trough its ruins, or how the poems by William Wordsworth come to life when spoken out loud in my mind.
At This Art Fair, I will exhibit an installation with hundreds of authentic drawings by the forgotten artist Dirk Tavenraat (1845-1930), as well as a drawing by myself inspired by Tavenraat. I don’t know much about D. Tavenraat, except that his father was a succesful artist in his time and worked with B.C. KoekKoek; the Haus KoekKoek Museum has a large collection of works by his father J. Tavenraat. There is a mystery surrounding the drawings by D.Tavenraat: the works he made as an old man feel therapeutic. Seeing these hundreds of concentrated drawings next to each other is fascinating. Life is nothing more than a collection of memories; we are history and nothing more. Did Tavenraat know he created a monument for his existence?