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Artists find common ground for current SUNY Fredonia exhibition
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Artists find common ground for current SUNY Fredonia exhibition

Dutch artists Jan Theun van Rees, left, and Jacqueline Kooter  stand before one their collaborative works that is on display in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery as part of “Xing Perspectives.” The exhibition runs through Oct. 13.

While they are married and share a studio space in the Netherlands, Dutch artists Jacqueline Kooter and Jan Theun van Rees said their current exhibition in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia is a first for them. They have never before collaborated for an exhibition.

The title of the Marion Gallery exhibition is “Xing Perspectives” (pronounced “crossing” perspectives) and van Rees explained that’s exactly what the artists have done for this exhibition.

“We are telling a story together,” van Rees said. “We both have our own vision for our works. For this exhibition, we looked for moments where those views crossed each other.”

Kooter works in the mediums of painting and video. She is a graduate of the Amsterdam Academy for the Visual Arts. She specializes in site-specific large painterly installations which sometimes are related to dance performances and in the production of meticulously made short animation movies.

In these movies she creates an imaginary world in paint, where human figures are moving around; sometimes real people (dancers) and sometimes cut out paper figures.

Van Rees is a self-trained photographer who studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts in Groningen, the Netherlands.

In 2007, van Rees published a photo book, “One Wall Away – Chicago’s Hidden Spaces,” commissioned by U.S. Equities in Chicago. He works as an art instructor for Central College of Iowa at the Study Abroad program in Leiden, Netherlands.

The artists worked together to create a site-specific installation for the Marion Gallery that features their common areas of interest – people interacting with their environment and the perception of space in relation to memory.

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