Demiak

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Disciplines: Beeldhouwer, Schilder, Tekenaar

Omschrijving werk

Maarten Demmink was born in the Netherlands, honed his craft at art schools in the Netherlands and currently lives in the Netherlands. But the multimedia artist's work is anything but provincial. The artist, who goes by the name Demiak, makes work that references regions as diverse as New Orleans; Punjab, Pakistan; Lisbon, Portugal; and Breezy Point, New York. These pieces depict destroyed houses and flooded streets. They have the look of aged photographs, complete with burned edges, white splotches and yellow coloring. But the trick's on you — they are neither photographs nor old; they have all been painted by Demiak within the past year or so. They depict the aftermath of hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters around the world. Each piece is named after a location and a year, leaving you to guess which historic "big blow" the piece is depicting. The paintings are small like archival prints usually are, too. Nothing here is overblown or overwhelms you. Like the wooden houses, everything is on an intimate, knowable scale. There's never the same perspective, either. The works range from street-level close-ups to aerial views, further adding to this archival feel, as if a different person had made each document. Why go through such pains to replicate images of disaster when so many already exist? It seems as if Demiak, by giving all of his works this aged quality, is trying to make us pause and contemplate the image and give the type of reverence these archival prints usually receive as historical relics. There is no shortage of images from disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, one after the other depicting destruction and human suffering on an epic scale. But such an overload can be desensitizing. By depicting them differently than you could ever expect to experience them, Demiak makes you take time to really look at them and see them differently, too.

Werk

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Titel untitled
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving deel van een serie
Techniek olieverf op paneel
Formaat 22 x 30
Escapism 2
Titel Escapism 2
Jaartal 2015
Omschrijving
Techniek olieverf op doek
Formaat 50 x 70
Acadiana
Titel Acadiana
Jaartal 2014
Omschrijving
Techniek olieverf op paneel
Formaat 34 x 48
Galveston, 1900
Titel Galveston, 1900
Jaartal 2013
Omschrijving
Techniek hout, lijm, aarde
Formaat 32 x 36 x 30
Columbia River, 1948
Titel Columbia River, 1948
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving
Techniek olieverf & lak op paneel
Formaat 24 x 33
The Land Where The Blues Began
Titel The Land Where The Blues Began
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving foto's, schilderijen, objecten
Techniek installatie
Formaat ca. 350 x 600
Deepwater Horizon 1
Titel Deepwater Horizon 1
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving
Techniek foto op dibond
Formaat 40 x 60
Imaginarium
Titel Imaginarium
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving
Techniek hout, textiel, aluminium, e.a.
Formaat 240 x 180 x 110
Imaginarium (interior)
Titel Imaginarium (interior)
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving
Techniek hout, textiel, licht, planten, zand, e.a
Formaat 140 x 180 x 110
Broke Down Engine
Titel Broke Down Engine
Jaartal 2008
Omschrijving
Techniek gebrandschilderd glas, gips, hout, e.a.
Formaat 55 x 65 x 20

Omschrijving werk

Maarten Demmink was born in the Netherlands, honed his craft at art schools in the Netherlands and currently lives in the Netherlands. But the multimedia artist's work is anything but provincial. The artist, who goes by the name Demiak, makes work that references regions as diverse as New Orleans; Punjab, Pakistan; Lisbon, Portugal; and Breezy Point, New York. These pieces depict destroyed houses and flooded streets. They have the look of aged photographs, complete with burned edges, white splotches and yellow coloring. But the trick's on you — they are neither photographs nor old; they have all been painted by Demiak within the past year or so. They depict the aftermath of hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters around the world. Each piece is named after a location and a year, leaving you to guess which historic "big blow" the piece is depicting. The paintings are small like archival prints usually are, too. Nothing here is overblown or overwhelms you. Like the wooden houses, everything is on an intimate, knowable scale. There's never the same perspective, either. The works range from street-level close-ups to aerial views, further adding to this archival feel, as if a different person had made each document. Why go through such pains to replicate images of disaster when so many already exist? It seems as if Demiak, by giving all of his works this aged quality, is trying to make us pause and contemplate the image and give the type of reverence these archival prints usually receive as historical relics. There is no shortage of images from disasters like Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, one after the other depicting destruction and human suffering on an epic scale. But such an overload can be desensitizing. By depicting them differently than you could ever expect to experience them, Demiak makes you take time to really look at them and see them differently, too.

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias Demiak
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.demiak.nl

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Utrecht, HKU faculteit Kunst en Vormgeving autonome kunst 1986- 1988 N
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten schilderen 1988- 1992 J

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging Pulchri Studio
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2016 J.M. Oger/ 24 Beaubourg gallery's first anniversary group show GROEP
2015 Suzanne Biederberg Gallery 'Sanctuary' DUO
2015 Galerie Helder, Den Haag 'High Five' GROEP
2013 Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA 'Trouble the Water' GROEP
2012 Galerie Kap Pur, Tilburg 'Deepwater Horizon' SOLO
2012 Redbud Gallery, Houston, Tx 'the Big Blow' SOLO
2011 Box 13 Art Space, Houston, Tx 'Dutch Invasion' GROEP
2008 Pulchri Studio, Den Haag 'Dreamland' SOLO
2007 Art Moscow, Rusland Houses of Art DUO
2007 Houses of Art, Marbella, Spanje DUO

Vertegenwoordiging

naam plaats & land
Jean-Marie Oger Paris, Frankrijk

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2016 Rotterdam Contemporary Galerie Helder beurs
2016 KunstRAI Galerie Helder beurs
2015 Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair Suzanne Biederberg Gallery beurs
2014 Art the Hague WTC the hague Art Gallery beurs
2010 Pulchri Studio de Verwondering http://sjaweitenberg.com/deverwondering/

Internationale uitwisseling

jaartal instelling
2011 Dutch Invasion, Houston
2009 Ambassade van Maleisië

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2013 Kunstbalie Tilburg collectie beelden & reliefs voor basisscholen J
2012 Kytopia Utrecht Artwork CD The Kyteman Orchestra J
2010 Ronald McDonald-huis Den Haag installatie van ruimtelijke schilderijtjes J
2004 Voetbalmaandblad Johan Hoofddorp Schilderij J
1999 Glasatelier Oud- Rijswijk Zoetermeer Glasraam, gebrandschilderd glas en glasapplicatie J
1997 Holland Casino's Amsterdam Muurschildering J
1997 Holland Casino's Zandvoort Muurschildering J
1995 Daldoss Elevetronics Trento, Italië Portret J

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2015 particuliere collectie Grindelwald, Zwitserland beeld
2012 particuliere collectie Houston, Texas schilderij & beeld
2011 particuliere collectie Houston, Texas gemengde techniek
2010 particuliere collectie Den Haag gemengde techniek
2009 particuliere collectie Fellering, Frankrijk schilderij
2009 Houses of Art/ Art Fund Marbella, Spanje collectie schilderijen en beelden
2008 particuliere collectie Groningen schilderij
2007 particuliere collectie Marbella, Spanje schilderij
2007 particuliere collectie Moskou, Rusland gemengde techniek
2006 Ministerie v. Justitie Den Haag 2 schilderijen

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2016 Esthétique du désastre Mikael Faujour, Artension portret
2015 Demiak, ce qui arrive Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret, Boum! Bang! recensie
2014 Beeld voor beeld HBKK jubileumboek Stichting HBKK
2012 Demiak, the Big Blow Meredith Deliso, Houston Press, Houston, TX recensie
2011 Dutch Invasion, 5 artists visiting Houston Jetteke Bolten-Rempt, Leiden tentoonstellingscatalogus
2011 Still waters Olivia Flores Alvarez, Houston Press, Houston, Tx recensie
2009 Brushwork Odyssey in Malaysia Embassy of Malaysia, Den Haag tentoonstellingscatalogus/ verslag van een project
2008 Demiak, Dreamland Haags Palet deel 22 monografie

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2013 Groene Prijs zomerexpo 'Aarde', Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag
2010 Jacob Hartogprijs
2004 van Ommeren- de Voogtprijs

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
jury Piket Kunstprijzen 2014 2016
tentoonstellingscommissie Pulchri Studio 2003 2009
lezingen, workshops, (gast-)lessen schilderen 2002 2016