What I do manifests itself in various ways, is at times anonymous, questions authorship, originality, meaning and context. The boundaries between my work, original, and copy have gradually disappeared. The photographic images, texts and objects that I use are ‘collages’ whose authorship is open to question. I undermine and question the unique. Form, meaning, (re)presentation and even sale have factually merged and are at times indivisibly linked. As such, my work presents itself neither as a starting point nor as an end point, nor can it be defined as ‘finished’.
Since 2013 I have been developing Books. Books are multidisciplinary, and do not depend on a uniform approach or presentation form. Books have been presented as installations, websites, editions or publications. The work is ‘rhizomatic’ or aspires to be. I use the term 'rhizome' to describe and contextualize my work. A rhizome is a rootstock. The essence of a rhizome is that it has neither a beginning or an end; it is a complex of links and connections within a structure that does not lend itself to centralized control. Many wild plants, often seen as weeds, have rhizomes.
Jan van der Til stipends and grants
2017 - Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent van Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam NL
2012 - Basisstipendium van Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam NL
2008 - Basisstipendium van Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam NL
2002 - Basisstipendium van Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam NL
1998 - Startstipendium van Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, Vormgeving en Bouwkunst, Amsterdam NL