DENK gallery Welcomes Netherlandish Artist Folkert de Jong

DENK gallery Welcomes Netherlandish Artist Folkert de Jong


Images left to right: Folkert de Jong, Power Generator, 2014. Pigmented polyurethane foam, spray paint, metal, plastic, paintbrush, acrylic glass. 31.5 x 23 x 78 in. Detail of Seht der Mensch; The Shooting Lesson, 2007, 7 figure installation, variable dimensions 314 x 314 x 118 in.

DENK gallery is very pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed sculptor and installation artist FOLKERT DE JONG will be joining the gallery's permanent roster. Based in Amsterdam, de Jong is best known for his evocative sculptural installations and tableaux that combine figurative elements with provocative mise-en-scènes. His vignettes borrow from theatrical principles to stage eerie narrative fragments, often bordering on the tragicomic and grotesque. By working with industrial materials such as styrofoam and polyurethane, as well as with more traditional sculptural media like bronze, de Jong deliberately combines high and low cultural references and materials in quasi-allegorical mashups. His work often invokes the art historical alongside contemporary political issues and topical interests, delivered with a feeling of post-apocalyptic futurity.

De Jong studied at the Academy of Visual Arts and the Rijksakademievan Beeldende Kunsten for Visual Arts in Amsterdam and was awarded the Prix de Rome for Sculpture in 2003. The artist's works are held in several prominent institutional collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Margulies Collection (Miami), GEM Museum of Contemporary Art at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (Netherlands), and The Saatchi Collection (London, UK).

Folkert de Jong has exhibited in the Busan Biennale, South Korea, (2016); the first Kiev International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Ukraine (2013); the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Scotland (2012); the 17th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2010); and the Athens Biennial, Greece (2007). Recent solo exhibitions include, Weird Science, GEM Museum of Contemporary Art at The Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (2017);  And Nothing But the Truth, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy, (2016); Holy Land, James Cohan Gallery, New York (2015); Court of Justice, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2015); Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, UK (2014); Musée d’Évreux, Évreux, France (2014); Desengaño, Galeria Luis Adelantado, Valencia, Spain (2014); Amabilis Insania: The Pleasing Delusion, Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, Belgium (2013); Une Vie
d’IIlusions, Musée d’art Contemporain, Rocheouart, France (2013); Actus Tragicus, MUDAM Museum, Luxembourg (2013), and Folkert de Jong, Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon (2013).

Folkert de Jong, Doctrine of Salvation, 2015. Acrylic glass, stainless steel toilet, evacuation stretcher chair, plastic, metal, 78 7/10 × 181 1/10 × 39 2/5 in. Recently Acquired by Gemeentemuseum Den Haag in the Netherlands for its permanent collection, where it will be on view for the next four years.

Folkert de Jong, Seht der Mensch; The Shooting Lesson, 2007. Installation, 7 figures "Les Saltimbanques", 5 tree trunks. Styrofoam, pigmented Polyurethane foam, variable dimensions 314 x 314 x 118 in, part of the Saatchi's permanent collection.




Founded in January of 2017, DENK is a newly established gallery in Downtown Los Angeles' thriving arts district. Its founding mission is to present a diverse program of local and international contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums, including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, works on paper, and interdisciplinary media. The gallery's goal is to curate engaging exhibitions by artists who are creating relevant, substantive, experimental, or timely work. By providing an adaptable venue that will allow artists to develop their concepts and have them realized, DENK hopes to foster a generative curatorial space.

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