TROIKA is a collaborative contemporary art practice formed by Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel in 2003. With a particular interest in perception and spatial experience, their collective works challenge our prescriptions of knowledge, control, and what it means to be human in an age of technology. As Troika experiments with new ideas and processes, the artists work across media including light, soot, water, dice and electricity. Their work often presents a double, deceptive nature, at once deliberate and spontaneous, calculated and random, allowing Troika to explore ideas around man made structures, control, repetitive actions and systems and how these coincide, con ict, or unite with the unpredictable, the unknowable, and irrational.
Troika’s work is part of the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), The Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA (New York) and the Israel Museum. In 2010, Troika was commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Of ce to produce three site-specific installations for the UK Pavilion, designed by Heatherwick Studio, at the Shanghai Expo. In 2014 Troika was selected to present their work ‘Dark Matter’ at Unlimited, Art Basel. Eva Rucki, Conny Freyer and Sebastien Noel live and work in London.
MOHAU MODISAKENG was born in Soweto in 1986 and lives and works between Johannesburg and Cape Town. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2009 and worked towards his Masters degree at the same institution. In 2013 Modisakeng produced an ambitious new video work in association with Samsung as a special project for the 2013 FNB Joburg Art Fair. Modisakeng won the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Award.
We are delighted to announce that Mohau Modisakeng has been chosen to represent South Africa during the Venice Biennale 2017. Furthermore, Modisakeng’s lm To Move Mountains is on view at Art Rotterdam Projections.
His work is included in many public collections such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the IZIKO South African National Gallery in Cape Town, and SAATCHI Gallery in London as well as signi cant private collections such as Zeitz MOCAA. His work has also been exhibited at VOLTA NY (New York) in 2014. Dak’Art Biennale (Dakar) in 2012, Focus 11 (Basel) in 2011, and Stevenson Gallery (Cape Town) in 2010. In 2011 Modisakeng was awarded the 2011 SASOL New Signatures Award.
GEERT MUL lives and works in Rotterdam. In the past 20 years he has researched the possibilities of re-combining images from databases in videos, prints and interactive installations in specialised computer animation. For these purposes Mul is continuously developing software: programs that generate a context related, endless and varying combination of images based on image properties such as content, structure, composition and colour.
Art Rotterdam week coincides with the final weekend of the retrospective exhibition Match Maker at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. This spectacular show highlights various aspects of Geert Mul’s oeuvre. In the past 25 years, this pioneer in media art established a unique and versatile body of work of (interactive) audiovisual and photographic installations. Much like a poet uses words to write poetry, Mul uses images to create visual poetry.
In 2010 Geert Mul was awarded the prestigious Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre. Mul has performed and exhibited his works in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), The National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto), Museo Nacional Reina So a (Madrid), the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), Institute Valencia Arte Moderne, Museum of contemporary Art (Chicago), the International Biennial Turin, and the Ruhr European Capital of Culture 2010 in Germany.
RON VAN DER ENDE is a sculptor living in Rotterdam. He creates his sculptures solely using found wood, keeping their original color and texture to create his recognizably gripping and realistic wall mounted bas-reliefs. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. Van der Ende uses this method to conjure up dark industrial and space age imagery. His works have become in high demand internationally owing to their visually open character and themes like cars, spacecrafts and hi- systems. After a major 2015 retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and a publication alongside the exhibition, he began a self exploratory re-investigation into the main principles in his work.
His work has been shown at the Ambach & Rice Gallery (Dallas), TENT (Rotterdam), de Kunsthal (Rotterdam), Kuenstlerhaus (Dortmund), the Groninger Museum (Groningen), Stadthausgalerie (Munster), the Dallas Art Fair, The Armory Show (New York), OkOk Gallery (Seattle), and Ampelhaus (Oranienbaum).
SEBASTIAAN BREMER lives and works in NewYork. Bremer works with photography and developed a style in which he uses different techniques to add an extra layer on the image. He continuously stretches the limits of photography and explores its endless possibilities. Painting, drawing, and carving are used in combination with photographs, which he randomly nds, selects, or takes himself. In the current times where everyone seems to be a photographer, Bremer brings back the artistic signature in photography by manually adjusting the image with paint, pen and encryptions.
Bremer’s work is part of several collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum (London), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), the AKZO Nobel Collection (Netherlands), and the Burger Collection (Hong Kong).
JASPER DE BEIJER graduated from the Amsterdam School of the Arts in 1996. He went on to attend the nal year of the Autonomous Design program of the Utrecht School of the Arts, where he graduated in 1997. During his time at the academy, De Beijer was a fanatic freehand sketcher, and this was also when the artist rst started using scale models and carefully assembled tableaux as material for drawings and paintings. De Beijer’s full length photo series Buitenpost marked the rst time he used models and staged scenes as a starting point for manipulated photographic images.
Institutions that have exhibited works by Jasper de Beijer or that represent him include The Hague Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum Het Domein (Sittard), Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York), Galerie Nouvelles Images (The Hague), Galerie TZR (Düsseldorf), and Studio d’Arte Cannaviello (Milan). De Beijer’s work has also been seen in major international art fairs like PULSE New York, SCOPE Miami, Photo L.A. among others.