Ununwanted / Niels Shoe Meulman

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title: Ununwanted
artist: Niels Shoe Meulman
year: 2018
medium: 3 colour silk screen print on 250 grams Natural White paper
edition of 50
signed and numbered by the artist
size: ± 50 x 70 cm

This print has been produced in collaboration with The Jaunt
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“‘Go on a trip’ said The Jaunt. ‘The Caribbean’ said I. When I arrived in Santiago, I got picked up by a taxi for the two-hour drive to Cabarete, watching the hilly, jungle landscape getting covered in darkness, quite rapidly. When you arrive in a new place in the evening, the vision in the following daylight is always completely different than how you imagined it. During my trip, I stayed at the villa of my old partner in crime (literally) Bando. He’s into surfing and cave-diving now and works with the DRSS (Dominican Republic Speleological Society). We went on several trips to look for caves, trying to find access points underwater to enter the caves in order to explore and map the caves.

Gazing at plants and trees and their foliage, I got the notion that there is a universal balance behind every intuitive decision. To discover patterns in life’s chaos and then pointing out the flaws in those patterns could just be my purpose in life. And that foliage reminds us that the things we create are just dead monuments celebrating our living surroundings. I think these palm leaves illustrate that beautifully. “The only difference between a flower and a weed is judgement” (Wayne Dyer)”

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Niels Shoe Meulman (1967) is a visual artist, known for his gestural paintings which reveal vivid traces of graffiti and calligraphy. He revolutionized the art of writing when he initiated the Calligraffiti movement, claiming ‘a word is an image and writing is painting’.

Being a graffiti pioneer from Amsterdam, Shoe tagged along with New York counterparts like Dondi White, Rammellzee and Keith Haring in the 1980s. Equally influenced by abstract expressionist painters and pop artists, he gradually found a unique way to translate street attitude to galleries and museums.

Experimenting within the traditional medium of paint-on-canvas, but also unafraid to venture into other domains like conceptual installations and poetry, Niels Shoe Meulman keeps pushing the limits of the global urban contemporary art scene.