Archive for July, 2009

Influeza/ Plastic Bags as a Jolly Roger

14/07/2009

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Influenza ‘s works could fill a whole book. Jeroen Jongeleen continually discovers new ways to enter public space: sticker and graffiti-like actions counter the standardized and commercialized inner-city space with subtle interventions. Under the label ‘Influenza’ -referring to its potential effect as uninvited distortion of the common, creating an alias for the maker at the same time- Jongeleen continuously develops new signs, figures and texts. He often refers directly to the hegemony of architectural structures and public displays of advertising and shifts or supplements their visual codes. The works of Influenza are not only an activist strategy, but also an examination of the possibilities of artistic expression in public space. On the 37th floor at Wallgallery, overlooking the City of Rotterdam from great highth, Jongeleen will present his latest set of details, as unleashed over the urban landscape of his hometown. In ‘Plastic Bags as Jolly Roger’ the city as vertical playground is celebrated. In his attempt to fight for a free panoramic view, plastic shopping bags found in the streets as litter, are adopted and fixed, before granted a more heroic second life on a newly found spot, high above streetlevel.

Influenza ‘s works could fill a whole book. Jeroen Jongeleen continually discovers new ways to enter public space: sticker and graffiti-like actions counter the standardized and commercialized inner-city space with subtle interventions. Under the label ‘Influenza’ -referring to its potential effect as uninvited distortion of the common, creating an alias for the maker at the same time- Jongeleen continuously develops new signs, figures and texts. He often refers directly to the hegemony of architectural structures and public displays of advertising and shifts or supplements their visual codes. The works of Influenza are not only an activist strategy, but also an examination of the possibilities of artistic expression in public space. On the 37th floor at Wallgallery, overlooking the City of Rotterdam from great highth, Jongeleen will present his latest set of details, as unleashed over the urban landscape of his hometown. In ‘Plastic Bags as Jolly Roger’ the city as vertical playground is celebrated. In his attempt to fight for a free panoramic view, plastic shopping bags found in the streets as litter, are adopted and fixed, before granted a more heroic second life on a newly found spot, high above streetlevel.

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