Jules van Hulst
Hattem, Gelderland, Netherlands
About Jules van Hulst
Active as autonomous visual artist in both painting and digital media. On the one hand I consider art to be a source of inspiration, on the other hand as to be of great ballast. I am continuously wondering about today’s roll of art history and what values this represents. From the desire to be able to understand and position art I use art-history-elements; image-quoting that sneaks into my work. However there these quotes become autonomous. This is because the ‘painting’ exists within the present and I am a subject to contemporary impulses. The way I think is in existing-shape-collages: the way different images come together causes shifting of context. I am trying to make myself a way through all of what is apparently dated and try to re-actualise it. Which is about embracing or getting rid of conventions. Is the creation of a new piece of work underlining the temporality of all that came before? Although the combining of elements may lead to new imagery, in my mind that may not become art-science. This is why I am making an attempt to disintegrate my work into something that is ‘human’ again. The Main subject of my work is the physical human being as a given fact and the humanity that comes from that. Sometimes this turns the spectator into a voyeur but at the same time he may also be able to identify with that subjective human on the canvas. This way of shifting might be what brings my work together. From this sense ‘identity’ also means ‘quality’ and not only about the identity of the human being or the spectator, but also the identity of the work itself. Gladly I would like to create a mentality upon which the spectator would regard a certain level of reduction as to be complete. Regarding the work he would not have to wonder about questions like: ‘why are the sizes out of the ordinary?’ or ‘why doesn’t this woman have any arms?’ but would agree with me that when something is broken we might simply be ably to fix it again.
2005 Bachelor of design at ArtEZ Zwolle. The Netherlands