Background

Ron Schöningh was born in Drunen, The Netherlands, in 1961 and started his career in biochemical research. In 1997 he started studying graphic design at the Academy for Visual Arts and Design, “St. Joost” in Breda. After graduating in 2002 he founded the design / internet studio Myxt which he still runs today. In addition to his daily work, he travels quite a lot and is inspired by deserted landscapes. Photos with traces of human intervention led him to create his own stories in autonomous work.

Work

With his roots in laboratory research, he became interested in exploring the properties of different materials. Mixing incompatible substances, trying to gain control over them when creating images or objects. In his work he uses fabrics such as tar, concrete, liquid rubber and pigments. Mixed with water or organic solvents, applied to wooden panels, paper and canvas. In these works, references to wooden structures, horizons and also walls are often present. Almost always damaged or decaying.

Among other things, he is inspired by the ordinary in nature, such as the small plants that grow along the road when he cycles to his studio. We all have memories of flowering verges, but we can hardly remember a detailed picture of everyday plants. The ‘unnoticed’ offers him the opportunity to investigate the relationship between perception, memory and reality. How does memory influence our perception and to what extent are we able to perceive reality, whatever it is? For this, he digitally edits photos until abstracted traces remain that encourage the viewer to take a position.
The shapes and structures in these photos are the starting point for paintings in which he investigates the tactile quality of paint and canvas. As a spin-off, he started making gum prints, connecting this old (chemical) printing process with modern digital darkroom techniques and using his laboratory skills again.

Exhibitions

Upcoming

2019 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Tussentijds, group exhibition – Stergebouw Gasthuiskwartier

Past exhibitions

2019 – Budapest – Glitch, curated photography group exhibition – PH21 Gallery

2019 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – light installation in collaboration with Frank van de Ven – Nova Zembla

2019 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Collab Collide Collapse, group exhibition – ARTOTS

2018 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – studio exhibition

2018 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Kunst Atelier Route

2016 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Kunst Atelier Route

2016 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Disrupted Boundaries – studio exhibition

2014 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – studio exhibition

2012 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – studio exhibition

1999 – Paris, France, Sydney, Australia – Olympic Games and Human Rights

1987 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch, travel photography – Vitrage Gallery

Publications

2019 – Tussentijds – exhibition catalogue with intro by Ben van Os (download in Dutch).

2016 – Vervallen grenzen – essay / exhibition catalogue (download in Dutch).