Tjebbe Beekman: Symbiosis
GRIMM is proud to present Symbiosis, Tjebbe Beekman's first solo exhibition in New York, opening on Oct 22* at the gallery's 202 Bowery location.
GRIMM is proud to announce Tjebbe Beekman's (b. 1972, Leiden, NL) first solo exhibition in New York.
Tjebbe Beekman’s paintings are disquiet and complex, comprised of embedded layers of dense paint and found materials. In his latest series of paintings, Beekman’s approach to his medium and subject matter abolish any set hierarchy when referencing the avant-garde art of the last century; in this way, his works can be perceived as exploring a disruptive, even anarchistic mode of representation. Beekman approaches painting with scepticism, analyzing its function while pushing its materiality forward. The works in the exhibition locate a refined line between figuration and abstraction and allow the viewer an alternative perspective and art historical awareness.
Thematically, the artist refers to being witness to the current cultural climate. An undercurrent of societal commentary is present in a group of paintings in which he interprets the seven deadly sins— a traditional representation of excess— through a painterly language of abstract anthropomorphous forms. Each work contains somatic displays of the transgression, or sin, pictured. These extremes of human behavior are wrought within the geometric confines of the canvas, portraying the catharsis of having emerged on the other side of excess.
Whereas Beekman's previous works deconstructed architectural space and the appearence of the cityscape, his new works are situated within the studio. Beekman tackles the act of painting head-on, juxtaposing Beckmann, Picasso, De Chirico and myriad other artists in densely painted works with various perspectives. Rather than depicting the world outside, the artist takes us on a personal journey. Formal references to the art historical canon are made to underline the power of artistic imagination, a cultural heritage which provides a moral and ethical compass in these uncertain times.
This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
Opening on Thursday, October 22*
The exhibition opens during regular gallery hours from 10 am - 6 pm with limited capacity (maximum of 5). For safety measures, masks or face coverings are required upon entry. For further information, please call (646) 484-5223 or email email@example.com.