Jelle van Houten
1988, Amsterdam



Van Houten explores the forgotten or seemingly less urgent issues in his daily landscape. New surroundings and situations are quickly examined, accepted and ordered by our brain. This helps us adapt to our changing landscape, which in turn makes us efficient beings. Delving into physical and historical research, his painting and sculptural work is guided by the coincidences and accidents occurring in the working process. In his practice these accidents are seen as decisive moments that become the controlling factor in the work. In his video and performative works Jelle explores the idea and function of being an individual in settings where cultural remains abide together with the pioneering nature. Creating an environment where neither men nor nature seems to have a function. Working in this way he aims for a tension in the works and let them become guidelines in his questions about the borders of balance, harmony and sanity.