Into Longing, Vast Rock
A Staying at Age: Taking the Off-Stage to the Fore.
Visual artist Joan van Barneveld processes the deep romantic longings within popular culture, particularly popular music. His earlier work explored the poetics of grunge, culminating in the re-creation of Kurt Cobain’s Seattle greenhouse inside a Dutch gallery in 2009. In his recent work, reproduced here from exhibitions at Onomatopee (Eindhoven) and Paul Loya Gallery (LA), he photographs and over-paints performance venues void of people. Organized into diptychs and triptychs, the pieces form a narrative, not of an incurable grunge fan or lo-fi addict but of an artist trying to coax the emotional intensity of youth, late-night house shows, and homemade mix-tapes into messy adult life. Critic Jan Tumlir, philosopher Rene Gabriels and curator Freek Lomme address aspects of landscape, rock’s intensity, and romanticism in pop, creating a sourcebook for the poetics of longing.
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
9 x 11 1/2 inches / 112 pp
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