This book is a “book-about” and a tangible art object. For the first time, André de Jong’s eccentric series of drawings and working process are highlighted.
It is rare today, but De Jong’s ahead of its time work has remained virtually unseen for nearly four decades – he lived and worked remotely from the art centers in the Frisian countryside – until Museum Belvédère organized a retrospective in 2010. Since then, De Jong’s work has been overloaded with critical appreciation and public interest. The exhibitions of art space The Merchant House were critically acclaimed and loved by many in Amsterdam and New York.
This book shows for the first time all of his major series of drawings: Body-Landscape, Hands, Heads and Portraits, Photographic Movements, Eruptions, Folds and Body / Body Parts. It also presents his phenomenological tree photography in a special designed way.
André de Jong’s work stems from a poetic depiction of the vicissitudes of the body, of an ambivalent and gender-fluid self-awareness. This intersubjectivity and social importance is what makes his work That unique. His vision has the power to move and change us.