Demiak

Born in 1967, he lives and works in The Hague.

 

Demiak is the pseudonym of Maarten Demmink. From his early to his most recent artworks, his art oscillates from heavenly to post-apocalyptic pictures or objects in different mediums: paintings, mural wood sculptures, mixed media and staged photographs.

 

Demiak works in series. In “Dreamland” (2002-2008), he paints with vivid details weightlessness landscapes - transposed in blue skies - that defy laws of nature. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 inspired him docufiction photographs called “The Deepwater horizon”.  In the “Big Blow” series, he depicts the aftermath of great climate imbalances, like the Lisbon earthquake in 1755, the great Mississippi Flood in 1927, the Hurricane Katrina in 2005… These flood paintings look like aged and damaged photographs. By the use of small-size formats to avoid sensationalism, Demiak offers a representation of devastated cities in a more intimate way. As if they were historical relics or memento mori on a global scale that suggest the hidden beauty in chaos.

 

Influenced by Old Masters like Piero della Francesca, Jerome Bosch and Leonardo da Vinci, Demiak revisits the genres of landscape and historical painting in the light of contemporary concerns about environmentalism. His powerful vedute offer a fascinating reflection about the excess of nature and industry.

 

Selected solo and group exhibitions

2015     Curated by Hans van der Ham, Galerie Helder, The Hague; Sanctuary (duo-show with Jarik Jongman), Suzanne Biederberg Gallery, Amsterdam

2013      Trouble the Water, Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids; ZomerExpo, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

2012      Deepwater Horizon, Galerie Kappur, Tilburg ; The Big Blow, Redbud Gallery, Houston

2011      Dutch Invasion, Box 13 ArtSpace, Houston; Dutch Invasion, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston

2008      Dreamland, Pulchri Studio, The Hague

Selected Press

Artension Mikaël Faujour

Symptomatique d'une conscience écologique très actuelle, Demiak restitue aussi sa profondeur historique à la question et à celle, donc, de la mémoire des désastres. Au total, une œuvre intriguante disant la vanité humaine.

Le Littéraire Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret

L’avenir est dans les œufs : entretien avec l’artiste néerlandais Demiak.

Boum!Bang! Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret

À côté de la recherche d’une quelconque boîte noire susceptible de révéler les paramètres des catastrophes, Demiak tente de dégager le caractère flagrant du désastre. Il a aussi la puissance de métamorphoser les paysages cadavres en une vision « avènementielle » empreinte de sobriété fortement poétique.

Temporary Art Review Regan Golden-McNerney

Trouble the Water at Legion Arts.

It is happening again: five years after the Cedar River inundated downtown Cedar Rapids, this small Midwestern city is bracing for another deluge.

The Des Moines Register Michael Morain

'Trouble the Water' art exhibit at CSPS Hall in Cedar Rapids explores humans' relationship with climate, floods

Houston Press Meredith Deliso

Re-creating Natural Disasters, Archive Style.

Nothing here is overblown or overwhelms you. Like the wooden houses, everything is on an intimate, knowable scale. There's never the same perspective, either. The works range from street-level close-ups to aerial views, further adding to this archival feel, as if a different person made each document.

De T Droomwereld

De vele bouwsels die terugkomen in het werk van Demiak (1967) staan symbol voor onze behoefte aan veiligheid.

Dutch invasion Olivia Flores Alvarez

At first glance, Deepwater Horizon 1 by Demiak seems to be an idyllic scene: a small cabin set over water. But look a little closer — that’s blood in the water.