It was wonderful to see Joan van Barneveld‘s “Mirror/Stage” at Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht, NL. Giving a full overview of the work since Joan started with his layers of black on black and painting unassuming street scenes while capturing his ever present atmosphere of the void. Throughout the exhibit the mood was being set by a soundtrack created by #TeenageSlavesofSatan (a band consisting of Joan van Barneveld and Ed Romijn) as the layered sound (like a lo-fi Phil Spector “Wall of Sound”) thunders through the space, I was struck with the similarity of layering that was happening in the new works and how Joan had taken his layered two dimensional work and treated it much like his musical composition. Each track of sound (be it reverb or a melodic tone) forced into an all-oversound that would build into a full atmospheric track, on the canvas this would translate as opposing layers stripped to their basic form and forced upon one another to form a harmonious void. Sometimes slight references of urban landscapes would hover on a light field of color, and rather than holding onto the literal narrative/visual the viewer would be forced to look further as the next layer beckoned to push you beyond. It was great to see this achievement of visual language not just on these new works with their bleached color field, but it also giving a new perspective on his ‘black field’ works. In all we’re very excited to see the new works coming forth as they will be presented at the gallery in the beginning of 2017. It will feature some of the works in the Bonnefanten Museum exhibit as well as new works that Joan is working on at the moment.
Joan van Barneveld
Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht NL
on view till October 10, 2016