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JEROEN DE RIJKE/WILLEM DE ROOIJ: A PORTFOLIO

OVER THE COURSE OF THEIR COLLABORATION, Dutch artists Jeroen de Rijke and Willem de Rooij produced a highly reflective and elliptical body of work tracing the recursive economy of the image: its affective power, its capacity to seduce and organize perception, and its mediation of time and subjectivity. In 16- and 35-mm films, as well as in photographs, objects, and installations, de Rijke/de Rooij—who worked in tandem from 1994 until de Rijke’s untimely death, at the age of thirty-five, in 2006—methodically parsed the mechanics of the image, deploying a wealth of radically heterogeneous sources in the process. Burlesque theater, Islamic abstraction, monochrome painting, 1970s fashion, and Constructivist film: All found their way into the artists’ repertoire, and yet this seemingly antic eclecticism somehow resolved itself into work of unerring nuance and equipoise.

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