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.
Rhizomebook has been made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund.
The mondriaan fund is a publicly financed fund for visual art and cultural heritage. It supports innovative projects and activities by visual artists, intermediaries (curators and critics), museums and other heritage organizations, art institutions, archives, galleries and commissioning parties. All grants are awarded with a view to promoting the production and presentation of relevant dutch visual art and heritage in the Netherlands and abroad, where a commercial market is (yet) undeveloped.
Jan van der Til grants and stipends:
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