The work of Bonno van Doorn stems from ongoing attempts to create images which are beyond generally accepted classification. The results are intentional and accidental which offer resistance to the world of the obvious logic and efficiency. Sculptures and paintings are combined in installations to a new and temporary order of things. A world where it is no longer about escaping, but about discovering and finding. Bonno van Doorn’s practice suggests the possibility of a space where things escape our compulsive way to control the objective world surrounding us. His images are specific and abstract, familiar and strange, forming a very personal collections of form, color and visual associations.
Bonno van Doorn studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Voorheen Audio Visueel (VAV) (2004 – 2008) in Amsterdam. His work has been in a number of gallery and museum exhibitions, in both The Netherlands and abroad. TOURIST CAVE, C&H gallery, Amsterdam (2018); Dancing Bear, Greylight Projects, Brussels (2014); 1646, Supermarket Art Fair, Stockholm (2014); Obviously, 1646, Den Haag (2013); The Painted Bird, Marres, Maastricht (2017) and Bright, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (2017) to name a few.
His work has been granted by the Artist-In-Residency Grant, Calcutta Art Research Foundation (2019), the Stipendium Proven Talent, Mondriaan Fonds (2016) and the Project Grant, ‘NO COVER IMAGE’, Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunsten and Stichting Stokroos (2016). Bonno van Doorn’s practice also includes to work as a teacher at several institutions (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU), Utrecht, 2014; Basisjaar; Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 2017, etc.) and as a curator of different projects. He finds very important the students feel the material they work with and learn to trust in their instinct and intuition. Also, as a curator, he thinks the exhibition should be an experience where the spectator becomes active part of it.
Bonno van Doorn (Amsterdam, Holland, 1977) has been selected to participate in Orbital Residency programme during November 2018. This residence is result of the collaboration between with 1646, The Hague, Holland and Orbital Residency. As part of this cooperation an artist from Cantabria will be part of the 1646‘s residency programme in January 2019.
1646 is a contemporary art platform for new productions and presentations with special emphasis on encouraging artists to realise new projects on location. The main focus of 1646’s residency programme is to provide artists with the space to research and focus on their own practice. The residency also offers a context for exchange with the organisation and its activities and the local and national art context.