Gerald Van Der Kaap:
Jump Cut

Infos

Opening
13.8.2004, 6pm

Duration
14.8.2004 – 26.9.2004

 

Gerald Van Der Kaap
Jump Cut

The project was realised with financial support of the
Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam.

Xiada (Fruit Tree), Xiamen, 2002.
Courtesy: Otto Nan, Amsterdam.

Intro

Gerald Van Der Kaap refers to himself as “possibly the only living non-genre artist. Accordingly, he has always worked in a wide variety of disciplines of art and with almost all media: initially photography, video and installations, then computer art, TV shows and CD-ROMs, and finally DVD productions and live video performances. His works are characterised by an approach that is both conceptual and experimental, a vantage point from which the artist reflects on and questions the conditions and the history of the particular medium.

He published the first issue of the Zien magazine in 1980, a collection of theoretical writings and works by young artists in the field of staged photography. The magazine was published until 1986 and was followed by the magazine Blind as of 1989, of which two issues were published. Between 1987 and 1988, Van Der Kaap was involved in the production of a total of 50 weekly TV shows titled “Rabotnik TV” on Amsterdam cable television, and has published a number of records since 1986. In 1993 he made “BlindRom v.0.9”, one of the most important artist CD-Roms of the nineties; in 1996 the “Online Image Generator”, his first Internet project; at the same time Van Der Kaap launched his career as a VJ in clubs in Amsterdam and Rotterdam; in 1999, finally, he created his first DVD “A Compilation (These are my intentions)”.

Full text

Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut

Gerald Van Der Kaap refers to himself as “possibly the only living non-genre artist. Accordingly, he has always worked in a wide variety of disciplines of art and with almost all media: initially photography, video and installations, then computer art, TV shows and CD-ROMs, and finally DVD productions and live video performances. His works are characterised by an approach that is both conceptual and experimental, a vantage point from which the artist reflects on and questions the conditions and the history of the particular medium.

He published the first issue of the Zien magazine in 1980, a collection of theoretical writings and works by young artists in the field of staged photography. The magazine was published until 1986 and was followed by the magazine Blind as of 1989, of which two issues were published. Between 1987 and 1988, Van Der Kaap was involved in the production of a total of 50 weekly TV shows titled “Rabotnik TV” on Amsterdam cable television, and has published a number of records since 1986. In 1993 he made “BlindRom v.0.9”, one of the most important artist CD-Roms of the nineties; in 1996 the “Online Image Generator”, his first Internet project; at the same time Van Der Kaap launched his career as a VJ in clubs in Amsterdam and Rotterdam; in 1999, finally, he created his first DVD “A Compilation (These are my intentions)”.

The title of the exhibition “Jump Cut” can therefore be seen as a keynote: his confrontation of contrasting elements from computer graphics or desktop design, pictures from the press, fashion photography, flashbacks to the history of photography and pictorial sources from everyday culture creates a blend of aesthetic glamour, documentarism and concept art. Using this method of “jump cuts”, abrupt changes of time and scene, the artist details his principle of the carnivalesque, which he understands as the cancellation of hierarchies and orders inherent in art and culture: the focus of artistic work is won back by what was excluded and marginalised.

Gerald Van Der Kaap’s catalogues and books have been awarded important design prizes; among others 1996 the “Capi-Lux Alblas Award” for his overall work. His works have been showcased in important international institutions, including a major solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1991.

The solo exhibition at Camera Austria the first in Austria presents a cross-section of the artist’s current and ever unpredictable projects, including photographs taken in China over the past three years, video installations and projects developed or rearranged for the exhibition.

Exhibition Views

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Yawning Girl, De Meerse Theatre, Hoofddorp, 2000.
    Courtesy: Gerald Van Der Kaap, Amsterdam.

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Xiada (Fruit Tree), Xiamen, 2002.
    Courtesy: Otto Nan, Amsterdam.

  • Passing the Information, Xiamen, 2002.
    Courtesy: TORCH Gallery, Amsterdam.

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Fang (Beach), Xiamen, 2002.
    Courtesy: LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Triest.

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Gerald Van Der Kaap: Jump Cut
    Camera Austria 2004
    Photo: Manfred Willmann

  • Fang & Limei (Make-up), Xiamen, 2002.
    Courtesy: TORCH Gallery, Amsterdam.

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