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A New Collection of Works by Collin van der Sluijs Channels a Dreamlike Collision of Emotion

July 6, 2022

Grace Ebert

In one of his most ambitious bodies of work to date, artist Collin van der Sluijs (previously) references two forces being incidentally forced together. "These strange times have caused a collision between me as a person and my work," he shares, "I want to be free and not a puppet on strings directed by anybody.” This sentiment pervades the Dutch artist's latest collection opening this week at both Vertical Gallery and Vertical Project Space in Chicago. Aptly titled Collision, the solo show…

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Chaotic Swarms of Flowers and Birds Inhabit New Paintings by Collin van der Sluijs

June 15, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

In his latest solo exhibition, No Concessions, Collin van der Sluijs (previously) combined acrylic, ink, and spray paint to produce dreamlike portraits of invented characters who each interact with chaotic elements of nature. A skeleton wearing a small brimmed hat extends a hand to a pair of airborne birds, while a mass of flowers and vines consume the head of a suited figure like a locust swarm. Chaos is also seen in the works without human subjects, such as his work Spring which…

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An Explosive New Mural and Paintings by Collin van der Sluijs

May 10, 2016

Christopher Jobson

From the smallest details expressed on canvas to the cracked facade of a multi-story building, Dutch artist Collin van der Sluijs is comfortable investigating what he refers to as "personal pleasures and struggles in daily life." Working without sketches or notes, the artist dives into each artwork with spray paint, acrylics, and ink as ideas take hold and images slowly emerge. He frequently examines themes of the natural world such as the cycle of life, the depictions of various species of birds, and the psychology of beings both human and animalistic. Van der Sluijs was most recently in Chicago where…

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Jeroen Smeets Shares the Story Behind The Jaunt, the Collaborative Travel Project Sending Artists Around the World

March 10, 2021

Christopher Jobson

Our editor-in-chief, Christopher Jobson, conducted this interview with Jeroen Smeets via email. Smeets is the founder of The Jaunt, an ongoing travel project that sends artists to new destinations around the globe with the goal of producing a single, hand-pulled screenprint. Photo by Andrea Wan during her trip to Nepal. All images shared with permission Christopher: Take us back to “Jaunt #1.” How did this entire thing begin? Can you tell us a little about your own background in art? Jeroen: Before starting The Jaunt, I was already working on and organizing various art projects. I came up working as…

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From Intricate Stencils to Vibrant Flowers, Nine New Murals Transform Blank Facades in Tbilisi

November 29, 2021

Grace Ebert

Since Tbilisi Mural Fest began in 2019, the streets of Georgia's capital have seen the towering, large-scale works of artists like Collin van der Sluijs (previously), Case Maclaim, and Faith XLVII (previously), whose celestial, intersecting circles are a highlight of this year's event. The 2021 festival features nine pieces in total that range in aesthetic and subject matter, including a mythological, black-and-white stencil by MonkeyBird (previously), bold botanicals by Thiago Mazza (previously), and a striking trompe-l'œil papercut by 1010. Each monumental work addresses an environmental,…

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Interview: Jeroen Smeets Shares the Story Behind The Jaunt, the Collaborative Travel Project Sending Artists Around the World

March 10, 2021

Christopher Jobson

In a new interview supported by Colossal Members, Jeroen Smeets dives into the story behind The Jaunt, a travel project that he founded in 2013. Since then, the project has sent more than 70 artists to new destinations around the globe—locations are wide-ranging, spanning from Helsinki to Los Angeles to Caye Caulker, Belize—with the goal of producing a single, hand-pulled screenprint. We try not to guide or give too much structure for their trip. And this is what I think makes this…

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