FOUND AT…MADE IN…
Rian de Jong
Artist Talk Sunday Oct. 4, 3pm
Please join us in welcoming Dutch sculptor-jeweler Rian de Jong for an artist talk in support of her current solo exhibition Found at… Made in…, now on view at Gallery Loupe.
The peripatetic de Jong divides her time between her home city of Amsterdam, The Netherlands and the rest of the world, which she sails around in the house boat, sometimes remaining at an exotic locale for extended periods of time. In fact, place and the processes of necessity inform her diverse practice. She is notable for incorporating elements obtained during her travels with rough, electroformed copper, semi-precious stones, glass or ceramic, fabricating jewelry within a tiny shower stall and counter area on board the Lyra. Encountering terrible weather in Patagonia during March 2014, de Jong and Herman [her partner] were sequestered for eleven days on the boat, within a cave along the Straits of Magellan, awaiting favorable sailing conditions, when she began Found at… Made in….. As with most of de Jong’s series’, Found at… Made in… is an excellent example of “Arte Relacional” (relational art), where content depends mostly upon context, or as de Jong puts it “working on location…en-route [and] on the move.”