During Brussels Gallery Weekend 2021, Harlan Levey Projects proudly presents Running in Circles III / Movement and Politics In The Streets Of My City, Jeroen Jongeleen's third solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will extend between both of the gallery's Brussels venues.
Building on influences from Futurism to Fluxus and the Situationist International, Jongeleen turns against consumerism and over-regulated society by interrupting public space through ephemeral interventions and actions. Utilizing means and visual forms associated with guerrilla protest - graffiti, stickers, placard cut-outs, tape, trash, appropriated texts, though first and foremost his body - his interventions draw attention to a particular form of militant activism while questioning the nature, value and transformative potential of artistic production in society. He leaves traces in the urban landscape which he subsequently documents with photographs and films. With these repetitive interventions, the artist promotes the free use of urban public space and questions the way corporate influence, advertising, architecture and public policy limit and direct a citizens' behavior. Jongeleen describes his motivation to create art as not about 'decoration or making people happy, but about free speech and movement, about opposition as the essence of a truly vibrant democratic society'. His politically motivated work therefore sets out to illustrate the power and the dynamics of the public space, while offering a utopian vision for the potential citizen user of tomorrow.