[NetBehaviour] Jan Robert Leegte | Mountains, Drop Shadows, Source Code & Stuff

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Tue Apr 16 12:30:18 CEST 2013


Mountains, Drop Shadows, Source Code and Stuff
13 April – 18 May 2013

JOEY RAMONE is proud to host Net artist Jan Robert Leegte for his solo 
exhibition Mountains, Drop Shadows, Source Code and Stuff.

The preview is on Saturday April 13th, 5-8pm. The show runs till 
Saturday May 18th.

"Jan Robert Leegte is one of the Netherlands' first explorers of the 
Internet as a space and source for art production. He has a keen eye for 
the overlaps in the materiality of virtual and physical worlds, and some 
of his best works exist offline. With a gentle humorous touch Leegte 
creates poetic visual and sculptural comments on the mediated worlds 
that surround us. The work of Jan Robert Leegte exemplifies the way art 
continues and evolves in the digital age." - Josephine Bosma –

Mountains, Drop Shadows, Source Code and Stuff is Jan Robert Leegte's 
latest work to be presented in JOEY RAMONE. It is a small biotope of Net 
entities carefully sedated and transported to the gallery space. Here we 
may observe their common traits and differences, their cultures, 
physical qualities and formal appearances. It is here in the isolated 
context of the gallery, that we can wonder why they are, how they came 
to be, and what they have in store for us in the future. But it will be 
there where they will be transported back after the gallery period has 
ended, where they will awaken from their slumber, and once again become 
wild in their natural habitat, the Net.

Fascinated by the world behind the computer screen, Leegte explored the 
sculptural possibilities of the Internet as from 1997. In 2002 he 
shifted back to the gallery space, taking along his newly discovered 
favourite materials with him. Also he explored more "embedded" 
possibilities out of the gallery space in the endlessly deep contexts of 
the outside world; from urban postering in Alexandria to ornamenting 
ceilings in Brussels. Currently he has refocused on the net as medium. 
His work has been exhibited at a widespread selection of international 
shows and festivals.

Jan Robert Leegte (1973) studied Fine Arts at the Willem de Kooning 
Academy in Rotterdam after having studied Architecture at the University 
of Delft. Since 2008 he teaches at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He 
lives and works in Amsterdam.


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