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Dr. Jeroen van Dooren is an artist, writer and researcher based in London. He is an Associate Lecturer on MA Photography at London College of Communication and a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art London.
He studied for his BFA at Academie Minerva the Netherlands and Hunter College New York. He graduated in MA Print from the Royal College of Art and finished his PhD in Fine Art in 2020 also at the Royal College of Art London.
Jeroen’s ongoing project is an enquiry into contemporary notions of subjectivity, performativity and the role of the contemporary artist. Through the generation and demonstration of multiple selves and personas.
How does the adaptation of the literary concept of the heteronym from fictional writing to contemporary art practice affect the artist’s identity and resulting narratives? What does it mean to create and embody a fictional artist who is separate from the self, and how does this alter our perceptions of selfhood?
Jeroen van Dooren brings together the literary concept of the heteronym, contemporary art, fictional writing and considerations of the relationship between the self and other, originating from a personal experience of mental health issues relating to divided subjectivities. In his work he creates fictional worlds within contemporary art in order to offer a new perspective on practice-led enquiries into the relations between heteronyms, transparency, fiction and the presentations of the self in everyday life and art.
The use of the idea of heteronyms within Jeroen’s work and research offers a way to investigate working from a multitude of different perspectives and personal narrations. It is also a form of depersonalisation and simulation, moving from the self to the other and back again. In doing so, his research understands how the heteronym can function within contemporary art. Autobiografictional characters are invented, their personas are assumed and artworks are produced according to their own separate voices and ways of being.
Making work as the fictional personas, these characters come alive via performances, text and audio pieces. The fictional characters are not there as a tool for hiding or for masking but are used as an instrument to investigate character development and the potential for multiple artistic personas within contemporary art.
Shows include: El Leyak, The Intuitive Machine, 2019 (Santiago de Chile), Five Trillian Times, 2019 (China Academy of Art Hangzhou museum), The masters screen and stone, The Royal Society for Painter-Printmakers, 2019 (London) Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile, 2018 (Santiago de Chile) Tulca Festival of Visual Arts, 2016 (Galway), Sensei gallery, 2016 (London), The Square Gallery, 2016 (London), Fluorescent Arts Festival Soho, 2015 (London), Christies, 2014 (London), Royal Academy Summer Show, 2014 and 2016 (London), Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art Gallery, 2014 (Cyprus), Opperclaes, 2013 (Rotterdam), Temple Bar Gallery, 2012 (Dublin), RuaRed, 2011 (Dublin) and Dublin Contemporary 2011 (Dublin).
Awards include: The Art House RCA student competition (2016) Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds young talent award (2015), RCA Riverlight Student Award 2014 organised by St. James, FutureCity and the RCA, Thames Barrier Print Studio Graduate Award 2014, Royal College of Art, Secret Grant (2013/2014), Irish Arts Council Travel and Training Award (2012), Groot Brugmansfonds (2007).
Commissions include: National University Galway, Ireland, St James Berkely Group FutureCity and private collectors. Collections include: Royal College of Art, FutureCity, The Art House, St James Berkeley Group, Office of Public Works National Collection Ireland, National University Galway Ireland.
Jeroen’s work is in collections of: Pontificia Universidad Catholica de Chile, St James Berkeley Group, FutureCity London, V&A, Royal College of Art Collection, Office of Public Works National Art Collection Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway and private collectors in The Netherlands, Ireland, USA, Belgium, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Israel, Italy, China, Chile and Japan.
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