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Curated by Jasper van Es

This project was part of DDW 2021
RALPH ROELSE x ANTIGOON _ Exhibition view 1 — © Fotograaf: Ralph Roelse

A duo show by the post-graffiti artists Antigoon and Ralph Roelse that seamlessly connects with the impressive industrial basement under the skatepark of Area 51.


With roots in graffiti, both artists have developed a unique approach to their work. By applying lines that contrast with their background and environment, the work radiates both minimal beauty and subtle aggression. There is room for imperfection and so the work retains the raw characteristics of the graffiti.

Antigoon (1983) makes machines that apply patterns with markers, spray cans and other materials. The result is inhumanly perfect and geometric. Yet you see the signs of materials that are actually made for humans: dripping paint, pressed crayons and pencil marks.

Ralph Roelse (1984) works in a hybrid form of painting, photography, drawing, collage, intervention and sculpture. Roelse draws endless inspiration from the industrial landscapes at the intertwining border areas with Belgium and Germany. His art depicts the encounter between the primitive and technological, the digital and the physical, and how acts of defacement can produce a sublime painterly.

Jasper van Es

Jasper van Es is a curator and organizer with a fascination for graffiti and post-graffiti culture. He has set up and curated several national and international exhibitions and projects and often works as a consultant and speaker within these fields.

UC Masters

Both artists are part of UC MASTERS in which talented artists are helped in their development with a grant and guidance. This guidance is coordinated by Jasper van Es. UC MASTERS is a project by EMOVES and supported by Cultuur Eindhoven, Provincie Noord Brabant and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW).

In the evenings of DDW, EMOVES presents a program full of dance, film, poetry and music, including plenty of room for the talents of the EMOVES development program UC MASTERS. Visit for the full program.

Exhibition view with work by Ralph Roelse — © Fotograaf: Ralph Roelse

Exhibition view with work by Antigoon — © Fotograaf: Ralph Roelse

Ralph Roelse detail — © Fotograaf: Ralph Roelse

Antigoon detail