1 jan 2004
Jan Robert Leegte
What is real and what is not?
Identifying a physical object seems clear. Though when looked upon closer, a variety of triggers form this judgement. Using these, Jan Robert Leegte deconstructs our physical experience, aiming to add confusion and growing awe for the world around us. Ploughing through this field of interest, he has incidentally uprooted subjects as ornamentation, the sublime, software interfaces, trompe l’oeil, classical architecture, romanticism and computer code.
Fascinated by the world behind the computer screen, Leegte explored the sculptural possibilities of the Internet as from 1997. In 2002 he shifted back to the gallery space, taking along his newly discovered favorite materials with him. Recently he is exploring more "embedded" possibilities out of the gallery space into the endlessly deep contexts of the outside world; from urban postering in Alexandria to ornamenting ceilings in Brussels. His work has been exhibited at a widespread selection of international shows and festivals.
Jan Robert Leegte (1973) studied Fine Arts at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam after having studied Architecture at the University of Delft. He lives and works in Amsterdam.