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Portrait of the Artist as a Perennial Angry Young Man. Gerald Van Der Kaap, Non-Genre Artist
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Portrait of the Artist as a Perennial Angry Young Man. Gerald Van Der Kaap, Non-Genre Artist

(Tineke Reijnders) The Low Countries - 2004, № 12, pp. 224-236

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Preposterous combinations are nothing unusual in the work of Gerald Van der Kaap. His oeuvre is, to put it mildly, pluriform and exploratory. It has such genuinely spectacular elements, and is so diverse, that no general audience can grasp it all. Partygoers know him from his veejay appearances, museum visitors from his photographs, music-lovers from his band ‘Save the Robots', unsuspecting passers-by from his installation art in public spaces, students from his New Media courses, and TV viewers remember his ‘Rabotnik' programmes. In the Netherlands he is one of the few artists with a glamorous image, who says about himself: ‘I don't have a style. I am possibly the only living non-genre artist. As soon as someone else does what I think needs to be done, my need to pursue it myself disapears. I want to show what hasn't been seen yet: the future.'

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