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Jan Kölling at the MOCA in New York.
Sharing the Paradox of Not Having a Vision
These artworks by the distinguished Dutch digital artist Jan Kölling stand out through intensifying the "Mondaine Object." For this purpose the artist creates two-dimensional digital images using his own photographs, self-developed software, and unique combinations and handling of existing software tools.
He creates an intense experience of the everyday reality by bending it towards a poetic and philosophical atmosphere. Besides that, he's not afraid to experiment on an abstract level with colour and structure to create images which stand out by their mesmerising presence in the "space" where they are hung.
Sören Kierkegaard: "I'd rather be an apostle than a genius".
A one-man exhibit of Kölling's art will be held at the Museum of Computer Art in Brooklyn NY, June 1 - 18, 2010.
The genius of Jan Kölling is the persistence of his vision. Kolling emerged into digital art after a more conventional career as a painter. His digital tools, some of which he devised himself, enabled him to incorporate photographic techniques into his art. Thus was born slowly but inevitably a highly personalized idiosyncratic style that Kolling pursued with uncompromising determination and courage. It is sometimes hard to tell now whether Kölling's art is a menage of photography and drawing, or neither or both. It exists in a third world, or in another world, beyond photography and painting. There is no conventional wisdom in Kolling's art. There is no "beauty" in the ordinary sense, no portraiture, almost no objectivity that we can ordinarily recognize. It is beyond abstraction. It is not an easy style and it may be indecipherable. It is a style that he alone has pursued. Kölling is working beyond talent. He is working where talent, discipline and courage converge. Don Archer. MOCA