Rock and rollers with one foot in their grave

art works by Maastricht (NL) based artist Jeroen Evertz

A Man's World

Photo collage, 28 x 42 cm, 2007 - Jeroen Evertz

Das Pakket

Photo collage, 25 x 53 cm, 2007, private collection Rotterdam

Make Believe

Photo collage, 31 x 61 cm, 2007, private collection Rotterdam


Collage on panel, 142 x 101 cm, 2006/2007, collection CBK Rotterdam


Photo collage, 31 x 26 cm, 2005 - private collection Maastricht

The Truth is All in How You See It

I’m thinking of a geological analogy – a string of islands, a sequence of progressively older, dormant, volcanoes that have passed over a hot-spot, as the tectonic plate they ride on glides over a stationary, though volatile, molten vent of pressure. Seen in this way, the Earth changes. Everything is transient, ambiguous, hidden. Recently I visited an old city I had never been to previously. On the plane over, I read Nicholas Murray’s biography of Franz Kafka. In the city I encounter a sequence of photo’s in a friend’s apartement. The photos are a progression of five black and white shots of bombs going off next to a church. The photographer has precisely framed each shot, methodically moving out from his cover to expose himself for the final frame, which will be his final frame as the shrapnel from the detonation he records kills him an instant later. He stood in a famous gateway that I pass through everyday while in the city. I see the place for the first time through the photographer’s haunting absence, a ghost garbed as Murray’s Kafka. On my subsequent flight home I read Bohumil Hrabal’s Closely Observed Trains, a poignant little tail of the Nazi occupation of a small Czech town. I read it carrying the weight of Kafka and the ghost of the dead photographer and then carry all this with me into the clean white space of an art musuem exhibiting one of Chicago-born painter Leon Golub’s mercenary paintings that I encountered once before in the artist’s New York studio and now truly seen for the first time. I remember once somebody saying that they must have been fools to think the sun revolved around the Earth. But then, it would have looked exactly the same as the reverse. The truth is all in how you see it.

Andrew Hunter
, artist, writer and curator in Kerry James Marshall – Along the way (Camden Arts Cenre - London, UK) 2005