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Artists Protest in Amsterdam to Save de slang – March 14, 2015

You aint gonna see this on CNN or CBS…

© Jalal Pleasant

© Jalal Pleasant

© Jalal Pleasant

© Jalal Pleasant

© Jalal Pleasant

© Jalal Pleasant

Serious protests happening to save de slang in Amsterdam my friend. I wrote the Amsterdam city council as an american on behalf of de slang and I received a reply. The attack on democracy, the arts and progressive expression begins with dismantling centers of ethnic, gay, gender and conscious exchange. We the people stand now to protect de slang as a cultural, historical icon but also as one of the last remaining places of freedom and genuine creativity that is free for All people to share.

“The Unknown” Battle against mediocrity begins…

I will keep you up to date as things unfold Frank.
Kindest regards,


Read more about this vital artists’ SQUAT – DE SLANG – THE SNAKE @ deslang.nl/en/history

Drag Performer, Andre-Jan – De Barderij – Zeedijk, Amsterdam NL – Gaia Son

Andre-Jan © Gaia Son

Andre-Jan © Gaia Son

Electr. Lasschen – Electric Welding – Amsterdam, Centrum – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

Nieuwe Ridderstraat & Montelbaanstraat  © Gaia Son

Lasschen is the old-fashioned way of writing ‘lassen’, which means ‘welding’. So ‘Electr. lasschen’ is electric welding.

I am rather overwhelmed with the fact that you are featuring me on your blog so many times in a row. Happy that you like my photos, honored to be your guest blogger! – Gaia Son

It is my pleasure to feature your outstanding photographs!

Feb 8, 2008 – TypoTrip © Wojtek Mejor

Netherland Shipbuilding Company – Nederlandsche Scheepbouw Maatschappij – North Amsterdam, NL – Lowlands Correspondent, Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

© Gaia Son

Commemorative book – August 1894 – August 1934 http://www.ndsm-werfmuseum.nl/

© Gaia Son


Encircling a Memory: Some events within the dates of April 11, 2012 – August 20, 2014

April 11, 2012 © Frank H. Jump

The image above was taken in April of 2012 during my mother’s last trip to the Netherlands. On this day we visited the gravesite of where Willy’s parents were buried and to relinquish the contract with the Nieuwe Ooster cemetery for the upkeep and claim to this burial place.

So much of your life could change in one day. As world events rapidly unfold we witness tragedies of single lives being unravelled by violence or unmitigated circumstances. The beheading of a long-captive journalist by Islamic militants. The loss of a son to unwarranted police actions in Ferguson Missouri. The disappearance and subsequent destruction of Malaysian passenger planes. The disinterment of your parents after over forty years of undisturbed rest. The relinquishing of a long-kept and valued domicile. All of these events have gone by unnoticed – not due to callous disregard or indifference but due to a neurodegenerative disease. Willy has dementia – Alzheimer’s disease – and lives very much in the moment. She no longer watches television and has no reference point as to what day it is or what is occurring locally or abroad.

On April 11, 2012 – we had trouble locating my grandparents’ gravesite. Frustrated, Willy was sure the headstone was laying down and I knew from online images that the stone stood upright. We walked in circles. We talked in circles. A young rooster nearby also traced a circular path. Finally we came upon an outdoor structure, a rectangular room in the middle of what I thought Willy’s parents grave should lie. The door had a mirror reflecting the illusion of passing time in the outside world. I could hear familiar music coming from within. It sounded like a Burt Bacharach song. On closer approach, I was sure it was Dusty’s voice singing the theme to the film Casino Royale- The Look of Love. We entered the oversized shack and the only light illuminating the darkness was from a projected moving image of dancers on a screen and a circling disco ball. We inspected all corners of the room and after silently accessing we were alone with these ghostly dancers, I turned to my mother and lifted my arms and we danced cheek to cheek while being serenaded by the late Ms. Springfield.

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

My mother’s maiden name is Broekveldt which loosely translates to Pantsfield. She married Harold Jump and became Willy Jump. ‘Jump’ in Dutch is “spring.” Dusty’s name is a hybrid of both of Willy’s given and married surnames. So here we were in the early Dutch spring, dancing together in the flickering light of ghostly dancers in an art installation in the middle of a cemetery.

© Frank H. Jump

In the video installation Tonight from the Brazilian artist Valeska Soares, people dance in an empty dancehall with an invisible partner. With the romantic tones of Burt Bacharach’s The Look of Love, glides lonely dancers through an endless reflecting space, sometimes encountering each other and moving immediately apart. It is a poetic, melancholic film that explores the loneliness one experiences following the loss of a loved one. They dance with the invisible partner, which is present in the memory. A memory that makes one happy. Tonight is filmed in the ballroom of the famous complex Pampulha in Belo Horizonte designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1943.

The song ended and we emerged from this phantom-shrouded love shack to continue our search for my mother’s parents interred remains. We made a right turn, walked fifty feet towards plot number 42-3-0304. There they rested together- liefe Oma en Opa. For that moment, all recurring memories of Willy’s turbulent relationship with her father seemed to be erased.

April 11, 2012 © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

On a recent trip to the Netherlands, Vincenzo and I parked our rental car in the parking lot adjacent to my grandparents’ gravesite. We walked in a circle around where I remembered they rested and accessed the online grave database for the plot number. As anticipated, they were disinterred and their bones were incinerated since I was last there with Willy. We further explored this beautiful cemetery where my grandparents once were layed.

July 26, 2014 © Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

When we returned from our vacation, we continued to empty my mother’s apartment and on August 20, 2014 – 861 days since my mother and I traveled to visit the place of her birth one last time, I handed in her apartment keys to the rental management office at Spring Creek, Brooklyn. Willy is currently residing in a lovely nursing facility in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn – overlooking the mouth of Jamaica Bay, Breezy Point, Sandy Hook and the hustle and bustle of jet-skiers, yachts, sailboats, fishing boats, cruise ships, tankers and other vessels en route to the New York Harbor or the Atlantic Ocean.

Menorah Nursing Facility © Frank H. Jump

Comestibles & Fijne Vleeschwaren – F.G. Lebbing – Amsterdam, NL

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Timmer’s – Bloemen & Planten – Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam NL

Fresh Daily Supply, Delivery Throughout the City – © Frank H. Jump

UPDATED FEB 4, 2015:

Courtesy of Fred Feddes’ link to Athenaeum Boekhandel (CLICK FOR LARGER IMAGE)

Pleasant Art @ MYTH & MUSE: Homage to Frida Kahlo – Amsterdam, NL


Homage to Frida Kahlo

Opening Saturday July 12th 17:30
Bagagehal van Loods 6, KNSM-Laan 143 te Amsterdam

From Friday 11 / Sunday 13 July,.Van vrijdag 11 t/m zondag 13 juli vindt er een bijzondere kunstmanifestatie plaats in de Bagagehal van Loods 6, KNSM-Laan 143 te Amsterdam

Sunday July 13th is the 60th anniversary of the legendary artist Frida Kahlo died. Curated by: Thessa van der Voort – Oscar van der Voorn 

The Curators have brought 60 artists of different generations, disciplines and nationalities together to tribute this icon of Mexican art from the first half of the 20th century.

Her beautiful, largely paintings and her turbulent life still speak to the imagination. Besides her great love Diego Rivera, among others she had love affairs with the revolutionary Leon Trotsky  fled to Russia and the New York photographer Nickolas Muray. Also dancer Josephine Baker and painter Georgia O’Keeffe were among her lovers .

There are many books and films on her life and work and devoted her legend lives on to this day. Well -known artists of the old guard , including Jan Sierhuis and Aad Veldhoen and young urban artists like Ives. One , The London Police, Pleasant, Mick La Rock and also Ans Markus and Patricia Steur and many others, reflect in there work a fascination with this phenomenal women.

The result is a varied exhibition of paintings , collages, sculptures , photography and installations . Several poets shall present a specially crafted Frida poem and shall recite their work over the weekend. There will be music and film performances.

Artist Frida Kahlo and expert Yvonne van der Bijl will give her presentation “Fashionable Frida ” (Frida Kahlo as a style icon ).

The opening of the exhibition shall be in the presence of Mexican Ambassador Ibarrola, Saturday,

July 12 will be conducted by Ex – Minister of Culture, Mrs. Hedy d’Ancona . At 17:30 

After this weekend, much of the artwork shall continue to be on exhibit until the end of August, in the context of the Gay Pride events.

The extended exhibition shall continue at the GO Gallery, Prinsengracht 64 1015 DX Amsterdam


‘PLEASANT’ (b. Georgia, United States 1974)

Artist Jalal Pleasant, known only as ‘PLEASANT’ is renowned for his iconic ‘Pleasant’ Spaceman 60s inspired street art and installation artwork. As seen throughout Europe and the Americas.

Pleasant’s alter persona, The Unknown was created by Pleasant during his period of creative development in New York City’s East Village scene during the early 1990’s. An active participant in the New York’s City’s lower Eastside street and contemporary fine art scenes. Pleasant’s installation, painting and design artworks have developed over the years into an unusual blend of various styles and mediums that push the barriers of what is deemed “acceptable”. Often walking a fine line between social commentary, satire and the light hearted. Pleasant continues to experiment with traditional and experimental techniques and mediums. 

Jalal Pleasant

1960’s Spaceman:

The ‘PLEASANT’ iconic Spaceman street art work and public installations can be found worldwide from Amsterdam to Brooklyn to Brussels to Paris. A part of the Paris underground art walk tour. The Pleasant spaceman has a habit of popping up in the most unusual and popular locations. The 1960’s spaceman, unlike the more refined concept later developed in the 1970’s and 80’s. Laid the foundation for all that which was yet to come and reflected a hands on very human approach in establishing the belief that all things are possible. More so than ever before the world needs to embrace the diverse human rainbow of knowledge, tolerance and peace. There is a tomorrow and it begins with understanding and cultivating new ways of embracing art and life.

Jalal Pleasant studied under the tutelage of New York abstract painter Michael Goldberg and was an active contributor in Fashion Moda, Nyc. In collaboration with it’s founder, (ONE). Fashion Moda nyc represented artists, Keith Haring and Jean Michelle Basquiat in the 1980’s.  Pleasant is an alumnus of the New York School of Visual Arts, New York, New York. Pleasant has appeared in various publications, some of which have included, The Nation, The Woodstock Times, Time Out Amsterdam, Het Parool, BlackBook, Elle Magazine, The New York Press and Nickelodeon Television Network. 

The art name ‘Pleasant’ was recently placed into the Smithsonian Institute’s database of influentual American Artists. In addition, a selection of art from the Pleasant art collection shall become the centerpiece of a future major museum exhibition and part of the Smithsonian Institute’s cultural expressions collection, located on the grand mall, Washington DC. The Smithsonian is the highest institute-museum of historical, cultural, art preservation in the United states, located in Washington DC.

Stay tuned for more information regarding this event.


selection of Pleasant design work featured on nl television.

© PLEASANT Art – All 2014 Rights Reserved

Gatske de Jong – Maternal Great-Grandmother – Resurfaces on Internet

Born February 21, 1882 in Leeuwarden, Friesland – Died of TB in Amsterdam in the Winter of 1960 – Bronnen Uit Amsterdam – CLICK HERE FOR MARRIAGE LICENSE & PHOTO LINK

Today I found my great grandmother all over the Internet on Pinterest originating in an online exhibition on the history of Amsterdam as told through documents. Thanks to a distant cousin in Friesland, Jelle Rietsma, I was able to trace my maternal lineage to the 1700s. My paternal lineage is less clear but perhaps this will also become more evident in the near future.

Other mentions of Gatske de Jong on the Fading Ad Blog here!

Pleasant @ de Slang Amsterdam, NL