15.04.16 – 02.10.16


Solo exhibition MIRROR / STAGE  by former participant Joan van Barneveld at the Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht

Tales from the Backyard is a programme with an emphasize on artists from the Euregion. Joan van Barneveld's (Veghel 1978) recent work is on show from 15 April. Van Barneveld is known for his dark, grungy canvases showing deserted sets and suburban villas. A couple of years ago he began experimenting with screen prints on paper. The exhibition marks the completion of his residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht.


 Van Barneveld's 'sublimation' into, and along with, his painting finds an analogy in his music. During his residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie, he performed twice with his band T.S.O.S. In one of those seance-like performances, which can be viewed in the exhibition, they play 'Everything is gonna be allright'. This languid tune gradually transforms into a mantra and ultimately disintegrates into a repeated riff. The mirror behind the empty stage in the central exhibition space conveys a similar message by different means. An eerie vanishing point for all human attachments, this mirror reflects on the role and status that the performer and the listeners accord each other in their collective experience of music. The stage sets the tone in the gallery, just as Kurt Cobain's greenhouse did seven years earlier. Yet this time the installation refers not to a kind of alter ego, but to Van Barneveld's own perspective on music. During the exhibition, van Barneveld will give a single performance with his band T.S.O.S., entitled MIRROR / STAGE. In this performance, the mirror will act as a catalyst, disrupting fixed patterns in the division of roles between the band, the music, and the listeners. The stage will not remain empty the rest of the time. Twice in the course of the exhibition on Friday 3 June and Friday 9 September, artists, curators, musicians, and other associates of Van Barneveld will appear there at his invitation, in shows and performances that probe interdisciplinary boundaries.

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