Upstream Gallery is proud to present new works by Dutch artist Jeroen Jongeleen from his series Running in Circles during the coming edition of art fair Artissima at the Dialogue/Monologue section.
Artissima is Italy’s most important contemporary art fair. Since its establishment in 1994, it has combined the presence of an international market with a focus on experimentation and research.
Jeroen Jongeleen (1967, NL), influenced by the anti-authoritarian Situationist International movement, Fluxus and Dada, works in public space with forms of activism and urban intervention art.
Running in Circles is a series which developed as a result of the artist’s self-imposed confinement in the course of several lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Building on his previous work with running trace sequences, Jongeleen now, ironically, withdrew himself from the public by retreating to deserted urban places in and around his city of Rotterdam. The result is an ongoing series in which the artist runs in continuous loops. Jongeleen’s hours of running in circles are documented by an arial drone. The outputs are acts of rebellion on the intersection of video, performance, land art. The silent recordings show the solitary, intimate performance of the artist who is trapped, stuck in a Sisyphus-like hamster wheel of his own making, slowly leaving traces of his presence behind him.
Jongeleen: ‘As an active citizen, the vandalistic gesture of leaving a mark on the fabric of regulated space, is an invitation to my fellow citizens for the free and unlimited usage of our surroundings. At the same time, on a very practical level with people sick around me, running allowed me to take care of my health as it forces you to be hyper focused on the basics of breathing and keeping your joints working. A self-invented pseudotherapy.’
Jongeleen’s Runing in Circles video and text works were exhibited during his solo show at Upstream Gallery in 2020; at Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL Mundo, now known as Brutus): de BarBAAR, where Jongeleen was awarded the Brutus Art Prize; and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands, in 2022.
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