Marc Bijl

Marc Bijl

Born in The Netherlands in 1970, lives and works in Berlin

'Digital Shadow', 2018. Print on forex, aluminium base, 185x85cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'Digital Shadow', 2018. Print on forex, aluminium base, 185x85cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'Zeitgeist', 2016. Powder coating on aluminium, 100 x 70 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view of exhibition Zeitgeist, Upstream Gallery 2017. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Dystopian Love II, 2016. Powder coating on aluminium, 100 x 70 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view of exhibition Zeitgeist, Upstream Gallery 2017. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Democracy, 2017. Powder coating on aluminium. 150 x 100 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Dominion, 2017. Powder coating on aluminium and steel. 170 x ø 20 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Diffusion, 2016. Powder coating on aluminium, 98 x 60 x 78 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view of exhibition Zeitgeist, Upstream Gallery 2017. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Installation view of Art Rotterdam, 2017, Upstream Gallery booth

Tay (2017), wallpaper, 300x250cm

Post Internet, powdercoating on aluminum, 150 x 100 cm

Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Post Internet', 2016. Powder coating on aluminium, 150 x 100 cm. 'Mirage', 2016. Powder coating on aluminum, 94 x 94 cm.
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij Overview group exhibition Transformer, with Broken Rainbow and Ferguson (2015) by Marc Bijl, sculpture by Frank Ammerlaan and a pair of wearable shoes by Noor Nuyten. Broken Rainbow, 2015. Cable trays, dimensions variable. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Ferguson, 2015. Powder coating on aluminium, 200 x 124 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Nepal, 2015. Powder coating on aluminium, 100 x 70 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Hypocrisy, 2015. Powder coating on aluminium. 94 x 58 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij Austerity, 2015. Powder coating on aluminium. 94 x 58 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Untitled', 2014. Silkscreen, 120 x 90 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Sacred Geometry', 2014. Silkscreen, 120 x 90 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij The Grunge Control, 2014. Concrete, paint, and spray paint on canvas, 140 x 140 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Nite Flights (After Mondrian), 2014. Cement, epoxy, spray paints and varnish spray on canvas, 200 x 150 cm. The Future (After Rothko), 2014. Cement, epoxy, spray paints and varnish spray on canvas, 200 x 150 cm. Broken Frame, 2014. Epoxy, wood, household paint, cardboard, mirror, 150 x 140 cm. 'You Can Suck My Balls (I)', 2013, tube-light, paint, 3 x 122 x 5 cm. Edition of 2. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. Broken Spiral, 2014. Wooden frame, mirror, household paint, epoxy, 144 x 233 cm. Twilight, 2014. Epoxy, and spray paint on wooden panel, 60 x 60 cm. We Are All in the Gutter But Some of Us Are Looking at the Stars, 2014.  Epoxy on canvas with glitter spray, 150 x 140 cm. Overview of the soloshow 'Urban Gothic', 2012-2013 in the Groninger Museum (NL) Overview of the soloshow 'Urban Gothic', 2012-2013 in the Groninger Museum (NL) Overview of the soloshow 'Urban Gothic', 2012-2013 in the Groninger Museum (NL) 'Burnt by the Sun (after Malevich)', 2013, screen printing, 2 printings on black, rolled, high gloss paper, finished with airbrush and glitters. 33 x 33 cm. edition of 40 'Queen', 2013, screen printing, 2 printings on black, rolled, high gloss paper, finished with airbrush and glitters. 50 x 50 cm. edition of 40 'The Beauty of Decay', 2013, epoxy, mirror and wood, 155 x 30 x 30cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'The Beauty of Decay', 2013, epoxy, mirror and wood, 155 x 30 x 30cm (detail). Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Abstract Activism', 2013, epoxy and paint on canvas, 170 x 170 cm
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Sex (Black Angel)', 2013, painted text on wall, variable dimensions.
'Sweat Dreams'. 2013, lamp, epoxy. 49 x 25 x 25 cm. 
Mark Bijl in the Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Upstream Gallery. 'Porn Player Special', 2013, paint and spray paint on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. 'Abstract Activism (Golden Ratio)', 2013, epoxy, spray paint and mirror on canvas. 80 x 80 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'Golden Boy II', 2013, paint and spray paint on canvas. 100 x 100 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'PORN', 2013, mixed media, 123 x 30 x 30 cm. 'Afterburner (After Rothko) White Gold Top', 2013, cement and spray paint on canvas. 150 x 100 cm. 'Horror & Dirty Broken Mirror', 2012, silver paint, spray paint, mirror and epoxy. 60 x 120 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij. 'Burning Cactus', 2012, metal cactus, glass bottle. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Light and Shadow', 2012, silver paint and spray on canvas, 100 x 100cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Broken 2012-19 October', 2012, epoxy, mirror and wood, 220 x 75 x 75cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Afterburner (after Rothko) silver, black, gold', 2012, cement, spray paint and paint on canvas, 100 x 150 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Star', 2012, silver paint and spray paint on canvas, 190 x 200 cm. 
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Golden Dawn', 2012, spray paint and cement on shaped canvas. Still of the movie 'Urban Gothic', 2012. 
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'ZZ Top (after Rietveld)', 2011, wood, pallet, pain, spray paint, epoxy and resin, 80 x 105 x 90 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'White Power (Lozenge composition II with structure)', 2011, canvas and paint, 141 x 141 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij Solo-exhibition DA2 Domus Artium Salamanca (Spain) 2009 Solo-exhibition DA2 Domus Artium Salamanca (Spain) 2009
Solo-exhibition DA2 Domus Artium Salamanca (Spain) 2009 'Broken Love (after Barnett Newman)', 2009. Installation at Fridericianum Kassel. 'Abstract Activism No.3', 2009, spraypaint on canvas, 300 x 200 cm. 'Abstractivism', 2009, poster and paint, 210 x 150 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Black Dawn', 2010, stone, pallets, epoxy, resin, 120 x 80 x 170 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'Column', 2010, stainless steel and speaker-box, 195 x 84 x 38 cm.
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'The Loss (after Mark Rothko)', 2010, concrete paint and spray paint, 400 x 300 cm. 'Style', 2008, aluminium spray paint on frame, 150 x 150 cm. 'Constructed Composition nr. 2', 2008, wood, plastic and spray paints, 215 x 285 x 70 cm. 'Fundamentality VI', 2008. Installation at Fridericianum Kassel. 'Constructed Composition nr. 1', 2008, wood, plastic and spray paints, 300 x 200 cm. 'War Style', 2008, wood, silver paint and resin, 121 x 79,5 x 120 cm. 
'Fundamentality III', 2008, oak wood pallet and chromed steel bars, 27 x 80 x 105 cm. 'Construction Sign (walter Benjamin)', 2008, wood, mirror-formica and paint + spray paint graffiti, 275 x 180 x 200 cm. Installation at Fridercianum Kassel. 'Good order is the foundation of all things', 2007, tape, mirror-glass, spray paint on wall, 150 x 100 cm. 'Influential Dutch Thinkers, part II (Queen Beatrix)', 2007, silver paint and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. 'Construction Sign (walter Benjamin)', 2008, wood, mirror-formica and paint + spray paint graffiti, 275 x 180 x 200 cm. 'Urban Modernism' (Lozenge with 4 lines and gray) 2007, stenciled and borrowed, just to survive. Stencil and spray paint, 195 x 195 cm. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij 'The Fundament of Painting "Off the Grid", 2007, silver paint and spray paint on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. 'Modern structures and urban failures', 2007, stencil and spray paint, 270 x 270 cm, unique piece. 'Symbolic (Iron Cross)', 2006, concrete, variable dimensions. Edition of 2. 'Symbolic (Iron Cross)', 'Symbolic (Nike Swoosh)' and 'Symbolic (Iron Heart)', 2006, concrete, variable dimensions. All edition of 2. 'Gimme Shelter', 2006, tombstone, 117 x 77 x 21,5 cm. 'Universal Warrior', 2005, life-size polyester figure, black tape, burned. 'Universal Warrior', 2005 and 'Never mind the politics', 2005. Presentation Upstream Gallery at Liste05, Basel 'Influential Dutch Thinkers, part 1 (Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Multatuli)', 2006, spray paint on cardboard, 195 x 155 cm. Unique piece. 'A search into the nature of society', 2006, mixed media. 
Installation view at Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam 'Burning Peace', 2005 'Security', 2003, mixed media. 'Afterhours', 2005. Overview exhibition at the GEM Museum, The Hague 'Reasons to believe', 2004 Installation at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Collection MUSAC Spain. 'Saviour', 2003, polyether, white paint, feathers, life-size. 'The Party Is Over', 2003, inflatable plastic letters, serpentine. 'Teenage Kicks', 2003. (Installation at 'Youth of today' Schirn Kunsthalle, 2006) 'Never Surrender', 2002 'One living, one dead', 2003 'La rivoluzione siamo noi', 2002, polyester Lara Croft, tar, cigarette, spraypaint on wall. 'Kapital ist Krieg', 2002, edition of 2 'Too Sad to Kill You', 2002, spray paint. 'Equivalent' 'Tattoo' 'Symbolic', 2002, still from video, edition of 3 + 1 AP 'Symbolic II', 2002, still from video, edition of 3 + 1 AP. 'Forever Sport Ad.', 2004, poster and spray paint. 'Afterhours', 2005, video. edition of 3 + 1 AP 'Ready to Crash and Burn' Stedelijk Museum. Collection Stedelijk Museum. 'Adore', 2002, black cotton with patches, studs and stickers, 250 x 200 cm. 'The World Won't Listen', 2003, c-print. Edition of 2. 'Symbolic'
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Marc Bijl
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Biography

Dutch artist Marc Bijl is a highly versatile artist who switches as effortlessly between political activity and street culture as he does between the media of image, text and music.

In his early work Marc Bijl reacted to global themes and to popular fascination with symbols of political power, globalization of the economy and nationalism. This resulted in interventions that underscored or undermined world views. Whether addressing politics, religion, globalization and its backlash, or the art scene. Bijl endeavours to expose superficialities and myths via his work. To do this he employs visual elements borrowed from punk and Gothic subcultures and from anarchism. These elements can also be discerned in his later work: the philosophical quotes in graffiti on walls, flags in various renderings and with various texts, and the black sculptures of dark knights on horseback, eagles and Lara Croft.

His most recent work is more abstract and minimalistic, exemplifying a shift in approach, by which he pares down different perspectives and methodologies to a new essence. The crux is no longer the 'symbolism', but what that symbolism represents and signifies.

Marc Bijl (NL, 1970) has had solo exhibitions at institutions worldwide, including the Groninger Museum (2012); Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2009); DA2, Salamanca (2009); Gem Museum, Den Haag (2005); and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2002), among others. Bijl has participated in significant group exhibitions including those held at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven; Rijksmuseum Twenthe; Groninger Museum; Cobra Museum Amstelveen; Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin; Kunstmuseum St Gallen; Fridericianum Kassel; Kunstmuseum Bonn; and MUSAC Castilla y Leon. The artist’s work is held in numerous public collections internationally, including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Collection MUSAC, Castilla y Leon; Frac, Nord, Pas de Calais; Collection HVCCA, New York; Collection Kunstmuseum Stuttgart; Collection Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag; Groninger Museum; KRC Collection, The Netherlands; and Daskapopoulos Collection, Greece, among others.

Artist website

Publications:

Bijl, Marc. Afterhours. Brugge: Die Keure, 2005. ISBN: 90-6730-202-3

Bijl, Marc. In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2009. ISBN: 978-90-5662-682-2

Bijl, Marc. Hard Edge. Berlijn: The Green Box, 2012. ISBN: 978-3-941644-49-6

© Portrait by Ruud van der Peijl

Exhibitions

After Dark

9 Nov '18 - 25 Jan '19

PLAY

23 Jun - 11 Nov '18

Neue Heimat

6 May - 8 Jun '18

From ZERO to 2018

14 Apr - 19 May '18

PUNK + DANS + KUNST

28 Jan - 13 May '18

Bye Bye De Stijl

16 Dec '17 - 4 Mar '18

Apocalyps

10 Nov - 17 Dec '17

Zeitgeist

28 Oct - 23 Dec '17

Konglomerat

2 Jun - 8 Jul '17

Verspijkerd en Verzaagd

18 Feb - 5 Jun '17

Modern Sculpture

19 Jan - 4 Mar '17

Marc Bijl at Spinello Projects

8 Sep - 8 Nov '16

The Dark Side of the Moon

9 Jul - 23 Oct '16

Parelgoud

25 Jun - 2 Oct '16

Blurry Conflicts

19 Feb - 21 May '16

TRANSFORMER

3 Oct - 14 Nov '15

Politics & Celebrity

5 Aug - 27 Sep '15

Dear Darkness

2 Jul - 29 Aug '15

I Don't Care

26 Jun - 27 Sep '15

Family Man

4 Jul - 30 Jul '15

Black Bandits

24 Apr - 21 Jun '15

Spring Performance Festival 2015

20 Mar - 21 Mar '15

4th Mediations Biennale

21 Sep - 26 Oct '14

TRACES

31 May - 18 Jul '14

A Decade Upstream

30 Nov - 19 Dec '13

Love Illumination

19 Oct - 23 Nov '13

Urban Gothic

6 Oct '12 - 1 Apr '13

Light and Shadow

19 Oct - 24 Nov '12

Mapping the Horizon

19 Nov '11 - 7 Jan '12

9/11 666 777

11 Sep - 23 Oct '10

The simple complixity of it all

17 Jan - 15 Mar '09

Arrested Development

19 May - 27 Sep '09

Get the Balance Right

4 Mar - 9 Apr '05

Daniela Wolfer & Marc Bijl

10 Jan - 10 Feb '04

Opening Exhibition

8 Nov - 20 Dec '03

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