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 used 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.

He was inspired by the hardly noticed 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. It turned out to be an endless inspiration for new images, and it encouraged him to take series of photos. He digitally edits these photos until abstracted tracks remain that symbolize faded memories.
The shapes and structures in these images 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

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

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