Jan Rothuizen

‘The Self Collector’

Ellen de Bruijne Projects is very pleased to open the gallery season with Jan Rothuizen’s solo exhibition The Self Collector. Rothuizen will present new works and a novel. The new works continue his attempts to create an image of himself through others. His search for his possible selves is a study of the way each of us constructs our self-image and of the stories we live by. For this exhibition the artist worked with the technical investigation division of the Dutch Police, palm readers and a plastic surgeon.

His new novel (in Dutch) is titled In een pretpark tegenover de hemel. It tells the story of a man who returns to the city where he grew up, and where a series of incidents will confront him with loss. There is a neighbour who reconstructs his life on old maps, and a woman he doesn’t know is leaving him personal messages on his answering machine. The book will be presented at 18.30 during the opening of the exhibition. It will be on sale at the gallery. The book is 160 pages long, with black and white pictures, and is published by Artimo. It will be available in the bookstores from 3 September.

Jan Rothuizen (Amsterdam,1968) has exhibited work at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessalonica, Vitamin Space in Guangzhou, China, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, among many other venues. His first book, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, was published in 2000 by Artimo. Rothuizen has published work in the Dutch literary magazine De Gids and writes the column ‘Portable City’ for Amsterdam Weekly.

Exhibition: 03/09/05 – 08/10/05

Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS
Rozengracht 207A
1016 LZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands