All is Light – Jan Henderikse

Status:Completed
Starting in New York City ALL IS LIGHT- JAN HENDERIKSE narrates the birth of Nite Lite, a gigantic work of art by Jan Henderikse in the St. Georgen Church in the German town of Wismar. The film, in a very humorous way, lays bare the way the artistic attitude interferes with our lives and our thinking.

International artist Jan Henderikse in a sense takes the strategies of Warhol and Duchamp further and applies them to our banal little reality. Using everyday utensils he makes gigantic installations: beer-crates, used supermarket posters or plastic night lights of Jesus Christ: ‘Too much is not enough’.

Art is what he regards it to be. He took pictures of all corners of Broadway, New York City’s longest street. In Berlin he casted a bronze statue of a WWII shell-hole in a bridge. A Berlin newspaper called him ‘der Grossvater des Trash’, the grandfather of trash, in connection with a large exhibition in Berlin where he is celebrated as a great visual artist. Jan Henderikse himself hardly mentions it. Maybe because he is just being modest. Or maybe because he rejects the idea of the artist as a super hero.

“I continue to marvel at him. I marvel at the beautiful full life he leads. And that he is an artist at a time when artists seem to make themselves unnecessary”.

– Sherman De Jesus

Credits

Director Sherman De Jesus
Research & scenario Sandra van Beek and Sherman De Jesus
Camera Albert van der Wildt
Sound Gusta van Eijk, Flip van den Dungen, Mark Witte, Christian Cord, Marcus Vetter and Gertjan Miedema
Broadcaster NPS