Juul Kraijer

“Untitled, 2013”


Since graduating from the art school in Rotterdam in 1994 I have mainly made charcoal drawings. Only recently I’m becoming immersed in photography. Both my drawings and my photographs usually employ the inherent abstracting quality of black and white. They combine the conciseness of emblemata with surreal imagery, eluding traditional iconography. In its place, use is made of physical sensations granting access to the inner mind. Human bodies or body-parts are joined to animals or elements of vegetation, seeming to trespass the boundary line between separate entities. My works have been shown in solo exhibitions including the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, and several international galleries. Works are in the collection of MoMA, NYC; the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany and other museums in Europe and Australia. This autumn the Amsterdam Huis Marseille Museum for Photography is showing 31 photographs I made in 2012-2013, as a part of the exhibition The Rediscovery of the World.

Selected by Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum.