Thijs Jaeger and Rik Laging
The collaboration between Thijs Jaeger and Rik Laging takes shape in looking at the connections between ancient myths and contemporary culture. They investigate how various moral messages; life lessons, fears and confusions from ancient myths recur in our popular media. In two iconic prints by Pieter Breughel the Elder from 1565, he examines the social problems of his time, depicted as confusing chaos in which complex phenomena could only be explained through magic and witchcraft. For Unfair™ the robust approach of Jaeger and the more refined and digital methods of Laging are coalesced in the creation of a contemporary interpretation of these prints, where a new attempt is made to encompass the complexity of the present world.
Thijs Jaeger and Rik Laging, E.M.E.T. ; E.RaCe M.orals (pay the) E.ternal T.oll [close-up], 2018
Background Thijs Jaeger graduated in Visual Arts from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in 2017. His work has been shown in art spaces such as Art Rotterdam and the Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo. Rik Laging graduated in Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in 2018. His work has been shown in art spaces such as ISO Amsterdam and Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Jaeger and Laging worked together during their residency at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Oisterwijk, The Netherlands. The final product of this collaboration was exhibited in 2019 in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague in the exhibition Uit de klei. In the same year, the two artists also worked together on the exhibitions Gothics in Nigeria, shown at Corrosia, Almere.
350 × 300 × 60 cm
Photo by Tommy Smits
E.M.E.T. ; E.RaCe M.orals (pay the) E.ternal T.oll (2018)
180 × 170 × 80 cm
Ceramic, steel, rubber, concrete, pump