JAN VAN DIJK | SUGAR DAMN ELECTRIC
EXHIBITION OPENING | 6 – 8pm Thursday June 23, 2016
DATES | June 23 – July 23, 2016
Capturing obscure characters, gritty facades, and decrepit carnival rides, JAN VAN DIJK’s work reveals the beauty within these enigmatic people and places. Van Dijk’s gestural paintings unravel a narrative of the futility and frailty of human kind. Dense brushwork and layered imagery dominate the picture plane as the works encapsulate convergent moments in time.
Having recently returned from two extended residencies with Parse Gallery in New Orleans, Jan Van Dijk’s exhibition Sugar Damn Electric captures a snapshot of the dualities and contradictions prevalent in this vibrant city. The series of paintings depict obscure streetscapes, which celebrate the city’s overlapping cultural landscapes. Contrasting colours and overlaying structures hint at the happenings behind the sturdy street facades.