Sjaak Kooij

All that's Left Behind
2019
oil, acrylics and spray paint on canvas
200 x 200 cm
the Retainer
2019
oil, acrylics and spray paint on linen
200 x 200 cm
All that's left behind
2019
installation, mixed techniques
200 x 150 x 150 cm

In my work I use elements from actuality, such as social, cultural or political issues that define our times. I take images from media and everyday events out of their original context and alternate them with footage from my personal archive, which creates an exciting interaction between image and content. As a result, the spectator will be confronted with these contemporary topics in an entirely different way.

Themes such as anonymity, estrangement, individualism and transience play an important role in the work. These themes, occasionally used in an absurd staging, confront the viewer with the ideas and posed questions I’ve put in. Not taking position, I rather allow the viewer to experience for themselves.

The paintings represent a search for boundaries, in which technique and image merge into a whole – wether it’s a painting or an installation. The different contrasts are not only reflected in content, but can be found in technique and design too. Due to a layered method of working, the painting or installation creates a dialogue with itself during the process.

 

www.sjaakkooij.com
All that's Left Behind
2019
oil, acrylics and spray paint on canvas
200 x 200 cm
the Retainer
2019
oil, acrylics and spray paint on linen
200 x 200 cm
All that's left behind
2019
installation, mixed techniques
200 x 150 x 150 cm