From an early age as a teenager, I have always been a dreamer. At school in the classroom looking through the window outside, a kind of silent longing for another and more fascinating world. After the coming onto the market the Quartz Watch around 1980 years, my fascination with technology began, the starting point of wonder about technology.
To this day I am surprised of what technological devices remained and only become stronger. Not only when I look at what technology is reached but I have even more fascination for what is to come.
As an artist I try these two aspects “dream away and fascination for technique” merge in the drawings of the project Fundament of Construction (FoC). The project FOC is for me an ode to the power of technology and its unlimited possibilities. I want to show my project with a personal perspective. FoC is a type of habitat and shows an alternative (future) vision, a different perspective on the relationship between man and his place in the world. The drawings show a constructed reality made up of a remix of (objects) technology, (classic) antiquity, (constructed and mythical) symbols and the human figure.
I experience that we live in a time with more and more ‘individual emotional poverty’ prevails.
Feeling and intuition, characteristics that make us unique as human beings seem to stand in stark contrast to (digital) technology. In my work you see one symbol in many scenes. The square red diamond. For me, the diamond symbol stands for the ‘fundament’ or the ‘mechanism’, the intuition and the inner voice that everyone has. I try to make my ideas concrete, not only visually but also as a feeling. Making art is often an intrinsic process and that is not always unambiguous or literally translate to the viewer. Watching art must above all be an experience.
video teaser Fundament of Construction – copyright Jeroen JJ Graus 2013