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Working at the interlocution of art and music the work of Joan van Barneveld is interdisciplinary in nature. Throughout his oeuvre, he combines photography and painting to visually embody the abstraction of his music. At their points of convergence, van Barneveld creates a new perspective which is simultaneously full and empty. The gallery’s selection includes recent works by the artist where the concept of disappearance plays a central role. In order to achieve this effect, van Barneveld uses the medium of photography to create as much distance between himself and his subject-matter, as well as between the subject-matter and his audience. What is left are vague colorful gradients, and shadowy contours of an image. 

The years 2011 and 2012, marked a major transition in his practice. This was when he let go of making black paintings and began experimenting with screen-printing. This technique rooted in photography, permitted Van Barneveld to give up control of the painting process, distance himself further from the execution of the work and allow for chance to take over. By creating paintings akin to over exposed photographs, Van Barneveld minimized both the evidence of painterly gestures and obscured the subject matter in his work. As a result, the images now embody almost expressionless yet subliminal sensations.

Van Barneveld has achieved international acclaim. His works have been exhibited in New York and Los Angeles, and can be found in the collections of De Nederlandsche Bank, DSM Art Collection, Collection Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, Collection Museum Het Domein Sittard, Collection Provincie Limburg, Collection SCHUNCK Heerlen, among other various private collections in Europe and the U.S. 

Exhibition: Slow Fade

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