I, too, am deadI, too, am dead

Published in 2019 on Art Viewer

There is art that confirms, and there is art that disrupts. With a heavy hand (provocative), or gently. Quist is an artist who disrupts gently. Ever since I have known his work, I have been struck by a strange attraction that, in part, is that I never fully understand the work. In Quist’s work each work seems to set its own rules.

Don’t expect an elevator pitch or a sales chat. As soon as you try to name something in Quist’s work, you realize that you leave a lot unmentioned that is just as important. Perhaps it is a lack of hierarchy. Every node in the network is equally important. Substantive connections between the nodes are transferred transitively. Disparate matters are a-hierarchically linked – a pencil line on a work, a floor, a title or the absence of a work. It is up to the viewer to make a story out of it, while the artist leads. Gently.

In my view, Quist’s work is close to Rorty’s ironism. We are not talking about irony in the form of mockery or humor (although humor is not lacking in Quist’s work), but a deep-rooted awareness of the coincidences of existence, and the impossibility of ever developing a vocabulary that can fully summarize (public or private) reality. Ironic figures of speech may transfer reality more precisely than descriptive language.

Quist makes me – a disrupted viewer – aware of my role in the exhibition. Sometimes he does this quite literally – in the form of an installation or intervention. In his first solo at the gallery, he installed a metal grid structure on the floor, made of of raised metal strips. The viewer had to consciously navigate through the space, stepping over the metal edges.

In the current exhibition there is also an installation element on the floor. This time however, the unsuspecting visitor might not notice the work immediately. Quist has installed a laminate floor with a wood motif and thus transformed the exhibition space into a neat, somewhat museum-like showroom. In colour tone, the floor is similar to that of Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar.

A copy of Dutch art magazine Metropolis M is inserted into the floor. In the magazine cover, Quist has laser-cut a text: “call me hysterical but cri …

In my practice, I have been pursuing a transitive space, an open space where possible connections are being made. Currently, I am focussing on researching a possible shift of positions regarding the abstract and figuration, the sign and its meaning and thought, and the visible explanation thereof. For me, these shifts represent a political situation (perhaps yet to be defined as a transitive space). I think it is important to be ‘internet aware’ and try to raise questions about how our lives are historically interpreted and caught in a preconceived web of meanings and signifiers, often referred to as an event. Although painting is my main interest, with the exhibitions I make, I look for a broader landscape than painting as medium normally dictates. Through an attitude of guilelessness in the handling of material I scan the alternations of expression, not so much looking for the ‘pure’ but for the reality of the image.

A selection of,
Solo and Duo Exhibitions

2020 Art Rotterdam with Sarah & Charles, CINNNAMON, NL duo
2019 Ook, ik, ben dood, CINNNAMON, Rotterdam, NL solo
2019 ‘allo ‘allo, with Roeland Tweelinckx, Barbé Urbain, Ghent, BE duo
2019 I want you, with Clary Stolte, de Bouwput, Amsterdam, NL duo
2017 Pla Lino, did you see that lonny pie, CINNNAMON, Rotterdam, NL solo
2016 0, with Giorgos Kontis, Fan, Vienna, AUT duo
2015 A Cat Under The Blankets, with Micha Patiniott, Whatspace presents,Tilburg, NL duo
2014 Rene Joffe, Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam, NL solo
2013 There is Nothing There to Save the Organisers, K.I. Beyoncé, Amsterdam, NL
2013 Galerie Arti Capelli, Den Bosch, NL duo
2013 Deschilderhetwerkhetatelier, ruimte Caesuur, Middelburg, NL solo
2012 Back and Forth, Kunst Rotterdam Noord, Rotterdam, NL solo
2012 Re:Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL solo
2011 Kunstpodium-T, Tilburg, NL solo

Group Exhibitions

2019 Copy Machine, Printroom Rotterdam NL
2018 Hazenstraat Biennale, Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam, NL
2018 Boarding galleries, Antwerp Art Weekend, B
2017 OFF THE WALL, CAR-DRDE, Bologna, IT
2016 Thinking Sense, Witteveen Art Center, Amsterdam, NL curated by Saskia Monshouwer
2016 Neighbours vol.5, CARdrde gallery Bologna, IT curated by Manor Grunewald
2015 SURROUNDED by SAGACITY, Pictura, Dordrecht, NL
2015 Touchy Feely, Juliette Jongma galerie, Amsterdam, NL

2015 Middenweg at Postkamer, Amsterdam, NL

2015 Art Rotterdam with Juliette Jongma, Rotterdam, NL
2014 Hijacking Karma#2, Nest nestruimte, Den Haag, NL curated by Daniel van Straalen
2014 Fool Disclosure, Last Resort Gallery Copenhagen, Kopenhagen, DK curated by Mikkel Carl
2014 Art Brussels with Juliette Jongma, Brussel, BE
2013 Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, NL
2013 Hijacking Karma (in a positive way), Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, NL curated by Daniel van Straalen
2013 Zomertentoonstelling, ruimte Caesuur ‘Het Atelier’, Middelburg, NL
2013 Reason & Romance, 6b-gallery, Elingen, BE curated by Alain Biltereyst
2013 Slow is Smooth is Fast, Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam, NL
2013 De schilder, Het werk, Het atelier, Grote Kerk, Veere, NL
2012 HOT DAMN/HOT YOGA, Whatspace & Yogacentrum Tilburg, Tilburg, NL
2012 Incubate festival, Tilburg, NL
2012 Summertime, Museum Le Secet, Koudekerke, NL
2011 Incubate Festival, Tilburg, NL

Curatorial projects

2019 The Balustrade, Robin Heyker, Tilburg NL
2015 The WRONG Biennale, Sliversurfer pavilion co-curated with Koen Delaere, online
2015 A Cat Under The Blankets, duo exhibition with Micha Patiniott, Whatspace presents, Tilburg, NL
2014 LET GOOOOO, Ruimte Caesuur, Middelburg, NL
2012 GRADUS, Oliver Rafferty, Tilburg, NL
2012 The Ultimate Harmony show by the HARD CORE, Upominki, with Rosa Sijben and Roos Wijma, Rotterdam, NL

Talks and teaching

2019 Guest tutor KABK Den Hague, painting & printmaking, NL
2019 Book presentation/ talk with Bas van den Hurk, CINNNAMON Rotterdam, NL
2018 Guest tutor, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, NL invited by Isabel Cordeiro
2018 Guest lecturer, Bcadamie, Rotterdam, NL
2017 Guest tutor, In Het Midden AKV St.Joost TAC Eindhoven, NL
2016 Artist talk, AKV St.Joost Breda, NL
2015 SAVE THE LOOM, talk with Bas van den Hurk and Just Quist, moderator: Artur d'Ansembourg at AGA Amsterdam, NL
2014 Public talk with Juliaan Andeweg, Bob Eikelboom, Bastiaan Visch, Incubatefestival, Tilburg, NL
2013 Conversation with Harmen Eijzenga and Hans Overvliet, Caesuur, Middelburg, NL

Publications

2020 Art Rotterdam - Art Tribune , Lost Painters , Trendbeheer
2019 Ook, ik, ben dood - Art Viewer, Trendbeheer, Jegens Tevens
2019 'allo 'allo - Hart Magazine
2019 In The Blink Of An Eye/ In Een Oogopslag, Book, privately published
2017 Pla Lino, did you see that lonny pie - Art Viewer,
Daily Lazy
2017 OFF THE WALL - CARdrde
2016 Whatspace 2008 - 2016 (catalogue), A Whatspace Production
2016 Thinking Sense - Monshouwer editions
2016 Save the Loom - Monshouwer editions
2016 0 Giorgos Kontis | Just Quist Wiener Art Foundation - Daily Lazy
2016 Neighbours Vol.V - Mousse Magazine
2016 The Wrong Bienale - Metropolis M
2015 A Cat Under the Blankets - Lost Painters
2014 Hijacking Karma #2 - Trendbeheer
2014 Rene Joffe - Art map
2013 Caesuur - Lost Painters
2012 ><, Gradus - Lost Painters
2012 Back and Forth - Lost Painters

Grants, funding
2018-2022 'Established artist' Mondriaan Fund
2015 Whatspace

Education

1985-1989 Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, NL

justque at xs4all dot nl

Gallery: Cinnnamon

Instagram: @justquist

With the support of
Mondriaan Fund

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Chino Chano