In the space where normality is the common realm of the absurd, Aukje
Koks brings the object and its representation into an oneiric dimension
in which resemblance always lapses into estrangement.
[FR] Dans un espace ou la normalite est le lieu commun de l'absurde, Aukje Koks parvient a reunir l'objet et sa representation dans une dimension onirique, ou l'apparence bascule toujours dans l'alienation.
[NL] In een ruimte waar normaliteit de gemeenschappelijke leefwereld van het absurde is, voert Aukje Koks het object en haar representatie naar een droomachtige dimensie waar gelijkenis steeds vervalt in vervreemding.
My paintings go into a dialogue with surrounding installations and objects.
My work is very personal as I am inspired by the things and people closest to me. I am very much interested in human psychology. I usually don't label the things seen in the work - and in that way the work is both distant and intimate - but one does not know what it points at.
I see my work as a long-term research. The Surrealist manifesto inspires me but not the Surrealist artists. I am inspired by artists whose works have a strong poetic content. I'm fascinated by books because they contain time. I'm attracted by banal fetishism.
My recent work investigates power and powerlessness depicted in existing and made up objects, figures and symbols.
Aukje Koks finished her education at academy St. Joost, Breda, NL, and holds a post-graduate degree from the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, NL (2007-2008). In 2010 she was artist in residence in Wiels in Brussel, BE, and in 2014 at Sammlung Lenikus, Vienna.
In 2005 she received the Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands, in 2012 she was nominated for the Illy Prize and she received the Wolvecamp award in the same year.
Solo exhibitions include Somewhere between a rock and a pudding, Galerie Stigter van Doesburg, Amsterdam (2013), Preludes, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL (2012), Take illusion apart, add reality, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2008), Finished and forgotten scenes and situations at Meetfactory, Prague (2009).
Duo exhibitions include Interiors, MOT International, with Philomene Pirecki (2012), Cultuurcentrum Strombeek/Grimbergen, BE, with Roger Raveel (2011), Forms fell to pieces, Het Paviljoen, Gent, with Kato Six (2013).
Group exhibitions include Won't You Not See in Maison Gregoire, Brussels (2015), During The Exhibition, The Studio Will Be Close, Wiels, Brussels (2014), Forme e Anti Forme at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan, IT (2015), Mains d'Oeuvres, Saint Ouen, FR (2013), Time, Trade and Travel at SMBA Amsterdam and Nubuke Foundation, Ghana (2012), Plus jamais seul, Standards expositions, Rennes (2013), Watou art festival, Watou, BE, a group show curated by Joost Declercq, Museum Dhondt Dhaenens (2010).
Her work is included in several private and public collections, like Central European Bank in Frankfurt, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag and the Caldic Collection - Museum Voorlinden.
In 2010 Aukje Koks co-founded Project Goleb in Amsterdam, she was a band member of The Legs, and an occasional writer for Endless Lowlands blog. Recently, out of curiosity for writing, she founded flections.net, a slow publishing platform with intuitively selected writings, written by various people from the arts in a broad sense.
Thanks to Mondriaan Fund, Stichting Heartpool, Materiaalfonds, galerie Stigter van Doesburg.
Photo credits: Kristien Daem, Gert Jan van Rooij, Willem Vermaasse, Tomas Uyttendaele.