Jacco Olivier in duo exhibition with Jennifer West at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art – Winston-Salem, NC

February 15th, 2013 by

Jacco Olivier, Revolution, 2010 (still), courtesy of Marianne Boesky Gallery and the artist

February 15 – May 26, 2013

The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art is pleased to present Afterlife: Jacco Olivier & Jennifer West, organized by SECCA; Curated by Steven Matijcio. The fluidity of paint can stay in perpetual motion through film and video – extending both the process and presence of the artist, even as their composition becomes unmoored. In this exhibition a painter who stitches photos of unfinished canvases into dream-like animations meets a filmmaker who physically assaults her medium in painterly acts of performance and alchemy. At the intersection, Amsterdam-based Jacco Olivier and Los Angeles-based Jennifer West detach the mark of the artist from its expected physical location — a cotton canvas or a strip of celluloid film – allowing the imprints of events, experiences, and their very actions/materials to float in a liquid state of limbo.

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
750 Marguerite Drive,
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Tel.: 336-725-1904

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Jacco Olivier participates in Dlectricity light art festival – Detroit, MI

October 5th, 2012 by

Jacco Olivier, Whale, 3-channel video installation, 2006, courtesy Dlectricity and the artist

Friday, October 5, 2012, 7pm-12am
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 7pm-2am

Inspired by nighttime arts festivals from around the world, DLECTRICITY, Detroit’s new nighttime, contemporary light art festival, will host 35 local, national and international artists whose cutting edge works of art, lighting design and performance will illuminate the historic architecture of Midtown. For two electrifying evenings, Midtown Detroit will be enveloped in a sea of light as a number of artists converge on Detroit to “light up” buildings and city spaces in Midtown using various mediums that meld sci-fi technology with Victorian spectacle on a grand scale. One of the presentations is the screening of “Whale” by Jacco Olivier, a large-scale three channel video projection in which the artist’s paintings are brought to life through animation, immersing the viewer into an underwater seascape featuring a nearly life-size whale.

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Jacco Olivier in “New Works: 12.2″ exhibition at ArtPace – San Antonio, TX

July 12th, 2012 by

Jacco Olivier, Stumble (still), 2009, courtesy Marianna Boesky Gallery and the artist

July 12 – November 15, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 6-8:30pm

ArtPace is pleased to present the exhibition International Artists-in-Residence: New Works 12.2, with Leslie Hewitt, Jacco Olivier, and Mike Osborne. Curated by independent curator Sarah Lewis.

About Jacco Olvier
Dutch artist Jacco Olivier (b. 1972) studied at the Rijksakademie, and lives and works in Amsterdam.  In 2010 he had solo exhibitions at the Centro de Arte de Caja de Burgos, Spain, and at the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston, Texas. He was included in exhibitions at the MCA Denver (2006), ZKM, Museum fur Neue Kunst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe (2007) and in the 8th SITE Santa Fe Biennial: The Dissolve, curated by Daniel Belasco and Sarah Lewis (2010). In 2012, Olivier will participate in a residency program at Artspace in San Antonio, Texas. Jacco Olivier is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin; and Parra & Romero Galeria de Arte, Madrid; and Ron Mandos Gallery in Amsterdam.  His exhibition in Madison Square Park is Olivier’s New York public art debut.

445 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205
Tel.: 210-212-4900

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Artist-led walking tour of Jacco Olivier’s Madison Square Park exhibition – New York City

March 8th, 2012 by

Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York / Madison Square Park Conservancy

Friday, March 9, 2012, 8pm

Please join Ron Mandos Gallery for an artist-lead walking tour of Jacco Olivier’s Madison Square Park outdoor exhibition of six painterly animations. Meeting point: The Shake Shack, South East Corner of Madison Square Park, near Madison Avenue and East 23rd Street, Subway: R & W 23rd Street. Please RSVP to Toby Robinson: toby [at] ronmandos.nl

This exhibition is a Mad. Sq. Art project. Jacco Olivier is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery New York, Victoria Miro Gallery London, Galerie Thomas Schulte Berlin, Parra & Romero Madrid & Galerie Ron Mandos Amsterdam.

Madison Square Park

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Jacco Olivier outdoor solo exhibition at Madison Square Park – New York City

December 15th, 2011 by

Jacco Olivier, artist rendering Madison Square Park. 2011, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York / Madison Square Park Conservancy

December 15, 2011 – March 12, 2012

Mad. Sq. Art is pleased to announce an outdoor exhibition of six painterly animations by acclaimed Dutch artist Jacco Olivier as the final presentation of its 2011 season. Mad. Sq. Art celebrates the artist’s first public art commission in New York City, which will feature both new, site-specific and existing works displayed throughout the Park. Olivier’s series of stop-motion animations will brighten New York’s winter landscape with moving images exemplary of the artist’s characteristically rich color palette and lavishly textured style. The exhibition will remain on view daily in Madison Square Park from December 15, 2011 through March 12, 2012.

Jacco Olivier, artist rendering Madison Square Park. 2011, courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York / Madison Square Park Conservancy

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Jacco Olivier screening at Art Video Nights of Art Basel Miami Beach

December 1st, 2011 by

Jacco Olivier, Revolution (still), 2010, courtesy Marianne Boesky gallery and the artist

Saturday, December 3, 2011, 8pm

The Art Video Nights program of Art Basel Miami Beach presents the program “Painterly” on Saturday, December 3, 8pm, including the work “Revolution” (2008) by Jacco Olivier. The short films of Jacco Olivier do not reveal anything in themselves, but depict the possibility of an event. Painted characters move in a landscape of fiction, memory and a basal actuality. With a casual but accurate use of traditional and contemporary animation techniques, Olivier creeps into the psyche of his characters. He then allows them to play out in the surroundings they find themselves in. He subtly evokes atmospheres which conventionally only ever exist in the realm of painting. His is a painting of which the paint has not set, but is in constant motion. The videos have a narrative quality, but no plot. Past, present, memory and the future are intertwined. In longer films such as ‘Landscape’ & ‘Revolution’, time is compressed into a nearly abstract image that the viewer perceives in a contemplative state. Olivier allows a whale, his own head, the universe, a beetle, a man wading through a river and a woman sitting in a bus to appear as self-evident and natural characters that at the same time seem to search within themselves, in a continually changing world of exotic and tangible paint.

Art Video Nights / Art Basel Miami Beach
New Wold Center, SoundScape Park
500 17th Street
Miami Beach, FL

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Ron Mandos Galerie represents various Dutch artists at The Armory Show – New York City

March 2nd, 2011 by

Jacco Olivier, Close-up ‘Transition’, 2010, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

March 3 – 6, 2011

Galerie Ron Mandos from Amsterdam / Rotterdam (NL) represents: Daniel Arsham, Artists Anonymous, Silvia B., Annemiek de Beer, Oliver Boberg, Maurice Braspenning, Johan van Dijke, Martin Effert, Anthony Goicolea, Roderick Hietbrink, Carl-Johan Högberg, Arthur Kleinjan, Ine Lamers, Katinka Lampe, Geert Mul, Marc Müller, Renato Nicolodi, Jacco Olivier, Hans Op de Beeck, Christian Schoeler, Renie Spoelstra, Maurice van Tellingen, Levi van Veluw, Cindy Wright.

Silvia B., M. & J., 2009, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Annemiek de Beer, La Danza, 2008, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Maurice Braspenning, Dead Calm, 2007, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Johan van Dijke, Untitled, 2009, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Roderick Hietbrink, Green 1, 2008, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Arthur Kleinjan, Moments of Considered Time, 2006, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Ine Lamers, Untitled (Zolnoye II), 2006, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Katinka Lampe, 506001, 2010, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Marc Müller, Amobe (detail), 2007, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Geert Mul, Echocolation (installation view 21Rozendaal Arts Centre), 2009, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Renie Spoelstra, Real Estate Properties, 2010, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Maurice van Tellingen, Kamer van de verzamelaar, 2007, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

Levi van Veluw, Veneer I, 2009, courtesy Ron Mandos Galerie and the artist

The Armory Show – Pier 94
Tel.: +31 (0)20-320-7036


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Jacco Olivier in SITE Santa Fe Eighth International Biennial – Santa Fe, NM

June 18th, 2010 by

June 20, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Opening Weekend Events
June 18 – 20

A paradigm shift in contemporary art is rare and hard to recognize at its inception, but that is what curators Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco have done in The Dissolve, SITE Santa Fe’s Eighth International Biennial. The curators will present a new sensibility in the art of our time, a mingling of up-to-the-minute technology and traditional visual arts (painting, drawing, and sculpture) with dance, music, and film. The fundamental form of this new work is animation, uniting the technological (the camera) with the hand-made (drawing). The Dissolve will trace the development and reinterpretation of moving image techniques in wonderfully surprising juxtapositions.

In 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, imaginatively designed by renowned architect David Adjaye, the exhibition will feature historic work from the Edison Manufacturing Company and the Fleischer Studios, as well as seminal works by masters of the moving image genre – Paul Chan, William Kentridge, Raymond Pettibon, Cindy Sherman, and Federico Solmi. An emerging group of exciting newer voices will be showcased to bring us the most recent developments in experimental forms.

Among the many highlights of this biennial will be two SITE-commissioned pieces, offering important artists in the field opportunities to push their practice in new directions
. MacArthur "Genius" Award-winner, dancer, and choreographer Bill T. Jones has been commissioned to create a live performance piece for presentation at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, combining dance, movement, and video. A tenth anniversary updating of Ghostcatching, a work that animates Mr. Jones’s body as three-dimensional, computerized drawings, will be featured at SITE for the duration of the exhibition. A commission has also been accepted by Mary Reid Kelley, who works in video, animation, performance, and painting. She explores issues of gender, class, and race, but with an emphasis on avant-garde form. This groundbreaking exhibition will encourage younger audiences, well versed in the language of new media; and older visitors, familiar with the medium’s antecedents, to find common ground and shared experiences that blur the lines between past and present, and "dissolve" those between high art and popular culture.

Biennial Artists:
Robert Breer, Paul Chan, Martha Colburn, Thomas Demand, Brent Green, George Griffin, Ezra Johnson, Bill T. Jones, Mary Reid Kelley, William Kentridge, Avish Khebrehzadeh, Laleh Khorr amian, Maria Lassnig, Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Joshua Mosley, Oscar Muñoz, Jacco Olivier, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Pruitt, Christine Rebet, Robin Rhode, Hiraki Sawa, Berni Searle, Cindy Sherman, Federico Solmi, Kara Walker, with historical works by Edison Manufacturing Company, Fleischer Studios, Lotte Reiniger, Dziga Vertov

SITE Santa Fe
1606 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Tel.: 505-989-1199


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Solo exhibition Jacco Olivier at the Blaffer Gallery – Houston, TX

May 7th, 2010 by

May 14 – August 7, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Jacco Olivier‘s luscious filmic vignettes are quiet meditations on painting set in motion. Technically, his work falls into the category of animation. Images are repeatedly reworked and rephotographed to create a narrative that unfolds through a camera-driven progression. Olivier likes to tell a story, but even in his most anecdotal works, the most interesting tale is the story of painting itself.

For each work, Olivier repaints the same canvas over and over again, carefully photographing each stage of development. In time the original image slowly degenerates and finally disappears altogether in the cumulative layers of paint. The final work, the photographic record, thus becomes an animated history of a painting, a slice of time that captures scraps of narrative and memories, and joins them together to form a moving picture with an atmospheric charge enriched by an ambient soundtrack.

Hunger, Birds, Submerge (all 2003), and Hide (2004) delve into the animal realm. The viewer follows a polar bear across snowy plains on his hunt for fish, soars into the sky with a flock of birds, dives into the deep sea, or catches glimpses of a frog alternatively jumping and hiding in a grassy field. Other works, such as Sleep and Normandy (both 2004), serve as meditative windows onto simple moments of daily life: one shows a woman tossing and turning in bed, while in the other she enjoys the breeze on the seashore. In his more recent work, including BathPortrait (2009), and Transition (2010), Olivier has mined traditional genres, such landscapes and still lifes, bathers and portraits, often pushing the image to the edge of abstraction. With the new focus on painting as a historical discipline has come a shift in scale that emphasizes the viewer’s relationship to the painting as an object. Where Olivier’s early films read like intimate, jewel-like visual poems, the new ones add a surprisingly expansive spatial and physical dimension to an otherwise largely immaterial experience of sight and sound (2009).

First Take, Olivier’s first solo museum exhibition, brings together ten works created between 2003 and 2010. The artist was born in the Netherlands in 1972. He graduated from the Rijksakademie in 1998, and lives and works in Amsterdam.

Blaffer Gallery
The Art Museum of the University of Houston
120 Fine Arts Building
Houston, TX 77204
Tel.: 713-743-2255


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Jacco Olivier solo exhibition at Marianne Boesky Gallery – New York City

February 18th, 2010 by

Jacco Olivier, Bath, 2009, Animation on DVD © Marianne Boesky Gallery

February 19 – April 3, 2010
Opening reception February 18, 6-8pm

Marianne Boesky Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Dutch artist Jacco Olivier. This is the artist’s third solo show at the gallery.

Fusing painting and filmmaking, Jacco Olivier continually reworks his canvases, photographing each iteration and brushstroke, and finally combining the various stages with their liquid color into films. The subject matter of Olivier’s new work represents a notable shift, as the artist frees the films from the loose narrative framework he had previously employed, moving away from the language of animated film and more towards that of painting. Appropriating traditional painting subjects such as bathers, landscape, and portraiture, and pushing them at times to the edge of abstraction, the artist creates lush, painterly films. Olivier magnifies his new works to a variety of larger scales, eschewing the intimately-scaled projections of his previous work so that the films become a more “human” size; a corporeal one, in keeping with that of the painted canvas.

Olivier’s new films unravel and reveal themselves in a slower manner, offering a space for contemplation as they spool over the course of several minutes. Subjects are exposed with a sharper focus, while action remains at a minimum. In Bath, Olivier steadies his gaze upon a solitary nude figure, who dries her body off with a towel. Olivier borrows the bather, as a classic and oft-painted subject of Degas, Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse, deconstructing the figure to her most elemental components against a shifting azure background, devoid of any outside references.

With a nominal use of realism, the films Landscape and Transition explore shifting landscapes and non-linear space. In Landscape images are painted from memory, as an amorphous strip of land passes slowly beneath an aerial view. A man simply enters a body of water in Transition, swallowed amid the undefined, swirling space as a sense of mortality prevails.

Jacco Olivier, Revolution, 2009, Animation on Blu-ray disc © Marianne Boesky Gallery

The expansive film, Revolution, contains a universe revolving about an imaginary pivot point that envelops the viewer. The galaxy unhurriedly expands and contracts from rendered planets and stars to entirely abstract painted swaths. Over the course of a twenty-four-minute cycle, with each minute representing an hour, the film moves through an entire day, from warm sunlight to black void and back again. Olivier notes his inclination for, “the paint that has fallen between the lines…all those unintentional marks and pieces holding the universe together.” Revolution explores those undefined markings, conjuring up a space for the viewer to enter into a meditative, silent realm.

Jacco Olivier lives and works in Amsterdam. The artist will have solo exhibitions at the Blaffer Gallery of the University of Houston, Texas in May – July, 2010, and at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Caja de Burgos, Spain in the fall of 2010. Olivier is included in the upcoming SITE Santa Fe 8th Biennial: The Dissolve, curated by Daniel Belasco and Sarah Lewis, June 18, 2010 – January 2, 2011.

Marianne Boesky Gallery
509 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
Tel.: 212-680-9889


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