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 photography and design. Stories became increasingly important through photography. This started with membership of the Sinus foundation under the supervision of Frans de la Cousine and Paul den Hollander. Over time, his work became more autonomous and other materials were explored to express himself.

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

2020 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – Green Art Challenge – Kleur bekennen, nature walks in a business park

Past exhibitions

2020 – Tilburg – PARK Platform for visual arts – Benefit for Brabant, group exhibition

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

2019 – Budapest (Hungary) – PH21 Gallery – Glitch, curated photography group exhibition

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

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

2018 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – studio exhibition

2018 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – STOK, artstudio route

2016 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – STOK, artstudio route

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

2014 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – studio exhibition

2012 – ‘s-Hertogenbosch – studio exhibition

1999 – Paris (France) and Sydney (Australia) – Olympic Games and Human Rights – poster exhibition

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


Publications

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

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