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Folkert de Jong Sculpts Dark Disfigurations at the James Cohan Gallery

 - May 8, 2011
References: jamescohan & dailyserving
The latest exhibition from Folkert de Jong, Operation Harmony, is dark and disturbing. Although the display features pieces that are slightly distressing, these works are thought-provoking in all the right ways.

The exhibition by Folkert de Jong presents figures that are both "historical totems and cautionary tales." The work is designed to reveal the dark side of human nature, as the artist uses dismembered figures and a predominantly black palette for coloring. De Jong insists that although the consequences of these dark human instincts can be found all over the globe, these tendencies will never be demolished for good. As such, the artist shows how life's atrocities can be covered up with "shiny shoes and other supposed finery." The result is both foreboding and dramatic.