selected works / info


‘Vanoverbeek Jelena, David Dean, English Shop Fronts from Contemporary Source Books’

Artist Book
1970 London: Alec Tiranti, 2018 Ghent: self-published
original book, digital press, bookbinding, silkscreen on archival Melinex

In this work, I combine the architectural language of window- and shop front design with the folk language of historical slang. Together they mark a period of development in history. I designed 22 new shop fronts by using examples of historical slang to fill up the window spaces of the original technical drawings. These new facades are integrated in the original book by deconstructing and rebinding it by hand.

Because it is made with original copies of the 1970 book from different countries and stores, the edition is limited and every edition differs (slightly) in colour and condition.

Paperback: 6 books (+ 1 AP)
Hardcover: 1 book (+ 1 AP)

‘FASHION CHANNEL, 2017’

video
5′

segments:
ON RESEARCH
ON IMAGINATION
ON WRITING
ON MEMORY
ON CONTROL
ON MANAGEMENT
ON FUTURE

FASHION CHANNEL excerpt: ON CONTROL

‘PROMO MODEL’, 2017

video
11’38”
colour, silent

‘INTRO’, 2017

video
1′

‘VOCABULAIRE MILITAIRE’, 2016

A series of 11 handprinted posters
Letterpress on Bristol paper
each poster 70 x 100 cm

The full series is an edition of 8 (+ 2 AP)

VOCABULAIRE MILITAIRE is a collection of typographical reconstructions of writings that I made after reading studies of the novels, diaries and autobiographies of German soldiers after WWI. I used their military vocabulary to write desire statements.

‘ENOUGH ENOUGH’, 2015

in situ wall installation at One Gee In Fog, Geneva (CH)
black vinyl, lettering
1077 x 384 cm

‘HEARTBREAKBREATHTAKE’, 2015

Design for a ‘FOR SALE’ sign, mounted at the facade of ‘In De Ruimte’ (Ghent, BE), alongside 9 other artist designs.
Restricted colors: red, green and black. Size: 70 x 100 cm.
Limited edition publication with extractable posters in RISO print by 1STE VERDIEP & TOPO COPY

‘GRIEF 9.hart’, 2015

wall installation at the Festival of Belgian Contemporary Art (BE)
10 black and 21 white wooden plaques, lettering, glass plate with index
434 x 354 cm

GRIEF is constructed as a monument that indexes the text of Belgian funeral cards.
The word ‘hart’ (heart) is centralized in the composition by separating it from its surrounding words.

‘DEKOR – BRIEFLY NUDE SCENE’, 2015

in situ vitrine installation at Galerie Tatjana Pieters (BE)
black, white and printed vinyl, lettering on window
570 x 208 cm

The role play of looking and being looked at requires a mise en scene.

‘YOUR FATHER’, 2015

Black vinyl on plexiglas plates, light box (aluminium frame, TL lights)
302 x 52 x 22 cm

YOUR FATHER is an installation that actualizes one of the poems from my book ‘YES IT DOES, DOESN’T IT Monologues’.
Numerous plexiglass plates materialize the format of ‘sentence’ and emphasize my act of censoring and exposing parts of the filmic dialogue.

‘NIGHT SHOT’, 2015

In situ vitrine installation at Rossicontemporary Brussels (BE)
Black, white & printed vinyl, lettering, printed transparant vinyl, black tape on window
655 x 179 cm

In NIGHT SHOT I used the film script of The Graduate (1967) to dismantle four of its film scenes in two layers. On the back wall I quoted full pieces of the script; on the front windows I juxtaposed extracts of this text with cut-up film stills of the movie.

‘PLAKAT’, 2015

Black, white & printed vinyl and lettering on white coated multiplex wood
Each piece is unique
70 x 100 x 1,8 cm

PLAKAT is a series of twelve works that refer to the original format of the ‘placard’ as a medium of notification, mandate, announcement, advertisement. In graphical manifests, I carefully reconstructed fragments of cinematic text and images through personal appropriation and interpretation.

‘WIDE.LOVE.RESIST.BEAUTIFUL.SEDUCTION.VIOLENCE.YOUR.GAME.’ 2014

In-situ installation with original film posters at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL)
429 x 336 cm

‘THE WIFE’, 2013

video
2’57”
colour, sound

In this video work, I digitalize my gaze as a second recording of Nicole Kidman’s famous monologue in Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut (1999).
Guided by the text, my recording acknowledges the agency of Kidman’s voice and speech on the level of sexuality.

‘yes it does, doesn’t it? monologues’, 2013

book
125 x 185 mm
Printed on recycled paper, paperback, 116p.

This book contains a selection of textual works I made by eliminating words from film monologues. I recompose the remaining text in recognizable style figures according to the chronology of the film scene. The identity and authority of the ‘I’ in these poems is ambiguous.

for purchase at WIELS Brussels (BE), PrintRoom Rotterdam (NL) or jelenavanoverbeek@gmail.com

‘cut to black; spreads’, 2013

each spread: 600 x 1000 mm
adhesive black and white vinyl on paper

‘an american cut’ 2012-2013

3’52”
silkscreen on 16mm film

Frame by frame, I’ve digitally cut Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) out of a murder scene from American Psycho (2000). These images are silkscreened on blank 16mm film which abstracts the violent scene into a mute film with title screens that quote fragments of the monologue.