Joan van Barneveld was a participant at the Van Eyck in the Netherlands 2015/2016. Joan’s artwork will next appear in How to disappear completely at Garage in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His works have been widely exhibited internationally: Paul Loya Gallery in LA, CODA Museum in Arnhem, the Netherlands, Het Domein in Sittard, The Netherlands, Fordham University Gallery in New York, Raum fuer Kunst, Aachen, Germany and most recently he was included in a group show at Re(d) Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium and had a solo-presentation at the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the Netherlands. In 2014 the book INTO LONGING, VAST ROCK was published by Onomatopee and was awarded as the best Dutch book design. He has released many albums, and continues to do so with his current project T.S.O.S.
Disappearance plays a central role in the paintings of Joan Van Barneveld. Painting for him is a way to create as much distance between himself and his subject matter, as well as between the subject matter and his audience. The image is driven as far away from recognition as possible. The formal way of working minimizes his role as creator as much as possible through the use of printing techniques onto canvas. What remains are vague colorful gradients, and shadowy contours of an image. The atmospheric quality of these works is often informed and reinforced by his other passion: music. The lightness of these paintings seem to contrast the darkness of sound, but the way in which the chords and rhythms slowly drag themselves to an undefined destination is equally felt when one is immersed in either.