Vei 303 I
The Mole I – Ink, pencil, watercolour, gouache and acrylic paint on paper – 45,5 x 60,5 cm – 2020
From 5 February to 6 March 2022, the exhibition A far-away house was shown in the Vishal in Haarlem. Years ago curator Luuk Wilmering heard the story of a fellow artist, who at a certain point decided to retreat to a remote island to start a sheep farm in the desolation of that place. Away from everything, a new life. That story really appealed to him. It touched upon a vague longing in himself.
Many artists, writers and philosophers are familiar with the desire to isolate themselves from the world, temporarily or otherwise. In this age of WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, this need seems greater than ever. It is almost impossible to escape the fleeting communication on social media. Whereas silence and isolation are prerequisites for free thinking and artistic research. A remote house sounds tempting. It can be a place where you can come to yourself and to new insights. But it can also be a place where you are confronted with yourself, with deep doubts, fears and imperfections. And it can be a place where you are not really welcome.
The exhibition can be seen as a search for the house where you naturally feel at home. For a place that mirrors yourself. For a sense of security that comes from your memory. A distant house can be seen as a last refuge, to be found in time as well as space. But it can also be a house where you don’t feel welcome. Where you are excluded. That is literally beyond your reach.
With Elise ‘t Hart, Wim Bosch, frank mandersloot, Luuk Wilmering and Ronald Cornelissen.
On Saturday 18 December Galerie Bernard Jordan hosted the book presentation of the new bilingual ( English/ French) publication HÖLL by artist Ronald Cornelissen and graphic designer Simon Davies. The first copy was presented to Maarten Loonen, Associate Professor Arctic Ecology at the University of Groningen and Manager and scientific director Netherlands Arctic Station in Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard.
With thanks to Marieke Wiegel.
Photo’s by Photo’s by Marion van Rijssel.
This publication features a series of drawings made by Ronald Cornelissen after a stay at the Netherlands Arctic Station on Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard archipelago. The scenes depicted in the first edition of Gerrit de Veer’s travel famous journal The Three Voyages of William Barents to the Arctic Regions (1594, 1595, and 1596) from 1596 served as the starting point for these drawings. The drawings mashup the work of Gerrit de Veer with that of Elzie Segar, John Carpenter, Michel Serres, Vladimir Demikhov and Mary Shelley and serves up an alternative image of the Arctic. The book, designed by Simon Davies, represents the drawings at different scales; from 1:1 (details) to 1:14 (whole drawings). This mimics the movement of visitors viewing the large scale drawings in an exhibition context. The books design refers to the subjects explored by the drawings as well as to the form of De Veer’s original journal.
Number of pages: 176
Language: French / English
Hardback (cover: Silkscreened grey board)
Price: 40 €
Foreword: Ronald Cornelissen
Essay: Julie Enckell Julliard
Lithography and design: Simon Davies
English translation: Kim Laidlaw, French translation: Jeanne Bouniort
English editing: Jane Bemont, French editing: Sylvie Philippon
Photography: Simon Davies and Ronald Cornelissen
Distribution: Les Presses du réel, Dijon, France
Published by Ronald Cornelissen and Galerie Bernard Jordan, Paris, France
©2021, the authors, the photographers and the artist
All rights reserved
Many thanks to the Mondriaan Fund (NL), Jaap Harten Fund (NL), Droom en Daad Foundation (NL), Backing Grounds (NL) and the Centre national des arts plastiques (FR) who made this publication possible by their generous support.