Visual artist Folkert de Jong on what art means to him
- Folkert de Jong
- 27 March 2012
The sculptor shares his thoughts ahead of an exhibition at the GI
For me, art is about life and the human condition. It’s a very efficient medium to communicate about life and our individual position in it. I see the art exhibition space as a podium on which I can communicate with an audience. The audience becomes a witness rather than strictly a viewer. I want the audience and the artwork to be on the same level.
I am very thankful to Jenny Brownrigg, the director of exhibitions at the Glasgow School of Art, for giving me the opportunity to go wild at GI. It’s a great opportunity for me to communicate my ideas in a short but intense way.
In general, festivals like this are helping to create awareness. The interaction between art and people in a festival situation accelerates this.
In my work, I make use of the strong visual qualities of the specific materials that I work with. The art space thus becomes a metaphor for real life; like an illustration, it creates a perfect, safe distance and playground to study and reflect upon complex questions, such as the mystification and manipulation of reality through powerful business strategies.
My first and best experience [of Glasgow] until now is with the people from the Glasgow School of Art and the Mackintosh Museum, but I am sure to learn more during the festival; I’m looking forward to seeing Kaye Donachie’s work a lot, and meeting some more artists when I am there.
Folkert de Jong: The Immortals, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May.