November 10, 2021 – January 8, 2022




Recognizing the digital image as a subjective source of truth, Chicago-based artist Jan Pieter Fokkens relies on pattern and color to interpret the incomprehensible.





Inspired by telescope images of distant galaxies, star clusters and nebula, Fokkens' paintings challenge our perceptions and allow us to peer into far-off worlds.

With custom algorithms, Fokkens manipulates these images, isolating qualities of pattern and color. He then hand-paints these abstractions on canvas, reconstructing the wonderous sense one feels when they look up at the stars.





"At some point we were all an element in outer space that found its way. In a sense, we’re all a pixel or molecule" —Jan Pieter Fokkens



Inspired by telescope images of deep space, contemporary computer compression algorithms and early non-representational art Jan Pieter Fokkens creates paintings of unimaginable sights by using the tangible qualities of pattern, form and color.

Born in the Netherlands he received his M.F.A. from the Burren College of Art National University of Ireland Galway and his B.F.A. from Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, The Netherlands. Jan Pieter lives and works in Chicago.

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