City Jewels (Permanent collection / Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL)
Born in 1968 in the Netherlands, Jeroen Jongeleen lives and works in Paris and Rotterdam. Jongeleen’s work evolves out of an on-going engagement with the public space and activist practices. It primarily takes the form of subtle interventions within the urban fabric targeting advertisements, architectural structures and signs, which regulate public behavior. Utilizing means and visual forms associated with guerilla protest – graffiti, stickers and placard cut-outs – his interventions draw attention to a particular form of militant activism while questioning the nature, value and transformative potential of artistic production. Jongeleen labors under the alias “influenza”, which connotes his repeated attacks on the well-oiled social body, while qualifying the development of his artistic practice as a self-reflexive exercise engaged in feeding its own momentum. Jongeleen also produces text pieces that critically address the economic underpinnings of contemporary art, framing the latter as a complex system of patronage that forges its own exclusive habitus.
Jeroen Jongeleen has recently presented solo exhibitions such as “Influenza / SNEEZE! (great details)” at Galeria Stereo, Poznan (2009) and Upstream Gallery (2008). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, notably “Crop rotation” at Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2008), “Umbau” at Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (2007), “SCAPE 06”, the Biennial of Art in Public Space, Christchurch, New Zealand (2006), “That was then, this is now” at De Appel, Amsterdam (2006), “Project Rotterdam” at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2005), Pague Biennale 1 (2003) and “Hardcore” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003).