Jonathan van Doornum visualizes inter-human contact by referring to modern techniques, historical objects and traditional customs. His sculptures explore the invisible world of objects that are sending and receiving. “The works I make are elaborate structures which link existing principles and new stories. These stories are not always directly readable. I try to convince a viewer to look twice by luring them with the work’s physical appearance. I am translating carefully selected cultural and historical references into form and imagination” As a result, he slowly creates works that make cross-references in time and space. Materiality and craftsmanship are important aspects to him, he makes most of the sculptural parts himself. Therefore his making process has slowly evolved into a sophisticated thinking process with materials.
Browse works by Jonathan van Doornum
Exhibition stand at Unfair18
Jonathan van Doornum Exhibition stand at Unfair18 (2018)
(Picture by Matthijs Immink)
Jonathan van Doornum Round Transmitter (2019)
Summer residency PARK
Jonathan van Doornum Summer residency PARK (2019)
Jonathan van Doornum The Gasheater (2021)
Strong Signals Through Thin Hair
Jonathan van Doornum Strong Signals Through Thin Hair (2023)
There is a strong current coming (2021)
Jonathan van Doornum (1987) has participated in several artist-in-residence programs in Europe, among them are the Rijksakademie Amsterdam and Wiels Brussels. He has shown his work in different group shows in The Netherlands and abroad. His solo exhibitions include Kunstvereniging Diepenheim(NL), PARK – Tilburg (NL), DASH – Kortrijk (BE) and Wiels – Brussels (BE). A large body of his work has been included, by curator Mihnea Mircan, in the Art Encounters Biennial 2021 In Timisoara (RO). In 2023, a self-published publication featured the drawings of a recent project that shows a different approach to the same artistic vision.