Walls, as we know them, define interior spaces. Most walls create unique spaces. These walls, however, disrupt, permeate, infiltrate and invade them. They challenge ideas of architecture, interior, exterior and place – these additions interfere, obscure, distract and contradict.
The installations of Krijn de Koning are created in all kinds of contexts, from galleries and museums to homes and forests. Some are small scale and seen by few, others are large and placed in highly public spaces.Where he goes, he turns places upside down and inside out.
Using bright colors and simple geometries, this incredible installation artist sets up stark juxtapositions between old and new, permanent and impermanent, functional and artistic. Whether you call it art, architecture or interior design his works are worth experiencing.
Here’s some more information on the artist Krijn de Koning from the Amsterdam Light Festival, which he has contributed to:
“Krijn de Koning is a Dutch artist whose work deals with the question of how we experience architectural space. He creates site-specific work that questions the characteristics of its location. His works are more than spatial interventions and are best described as a mix of sculpture, painting, and architecture. De Koning wants people to look at their environment from a different perspective. He disrupts our line of sight by blocking it or by creating new sight lines. “
“De Koning’s art is not just a spatial intervention; his work can best be described as a mix between installation art, painting and architecture. For edition # 8, he transforms a famous Amsterdam landmark with light.”
“Upon asking what inspires him, he answers: ‘Place and time in general. Recently a lot of architecture too.’ Considering the nature of his artworks, that doesn’t come as a surprise. In unexpected places, Krijn de Koning adds brightly colored chipboard partitions: to a facade, in the middle of a staircase or in the middle of a pathway, for example. And that is precisely the intention of de Koning: to offer a new view of a building or space to an audience. In 2010 he transformed the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam and in 2011 he made an installation for Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes.”