Surfing on the world wide web, bungeejumping from one website to another, you might hit some interesting stuff: koekjesdorst.tumblr.com for example. A summary of works made by known and unknown artists. From paintings and drawings to collages, music and animation. Egon Schiele, Landon Metz, Alan Constable, etceteraetcetera. A nice way to live out these upcoming dark and cold winter days.
A quick report with some personal(*) highlights from RijksakademieOPEN 2013 last weekend, at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. “More than fifty studios for research, experiment, production and presentation.”
* They’re mostly Dutch . Perhaps this work is culturally more accessible for me and therefore, easier to read? Anyway…
Primal Rage by Marcel van den Berg (NL)
The last group exhibition at Roodkapje in 2013 is called Apotheosis. It’s part of the overall We are the world series; a broad scaled inventory of how art can contribute to a better future society. In this Grand Final, seven different artists play with the phenomenon of the hero. With an open view, heroes are everywhere. In all different kind of colors, shapes, times etcetera. They rise and fall. We see them grow and we love to see them begging for mercy. Heroes from history, from our childhood, to the present and hopefully heroic people in the future. What do they tell us, why are their heroic? And who the f*ck is Paris Hilton?
The seven invited artists are Michel Walpot, Lesley Quist, Max van den Hout, Jochem van Laarhoven, Sjuul Joosen, Jasper Snoek and Robbert Pauwels.
Jasper Snoek made a superwowy installation in the two (inactive) elevator shafts. Colourfull and playful. Amazingly mature and terribly childish at the same time. When !WARNING! pops-up in bold red during your internet queeste, most people stop searching. For Snoek this is just the starting point, the beginning of something beautiful. Horrifying creatures inviting the visitor to enter both elevators. Flashing colors, catchy decorations, plastic toys and ballpoolballs on the floor. The installation brings the visitor to the border of a psychodellic trip where weird dudes are king and disgusting scenes just random daily activities.
The show ends (or begins, depends on your starting point) with a neat presentation of Jochem van Laarhoven…->
AGOD (Acronym for animated gif of the day) is an organic video about the terror of entropy. The inevitable entropy of the aging mind parallels the entropy of the accelerating universe and the speed of information in the digital age. A layer is added onto this video every day. In that sense, you could say that it is an organic video, because it has no solid finished state.
Quelle Fête / Which Party? by ROTGANZEN
Sometimes I can be jealous of good ideas. That’s the case here
Be sure to check their website ROTGANZEN.com, beacause there’s more. The X-large resin lollies for example.
ROTGANZEN is a Rotterdam-based artist collective formed in 2009 by Robin Stam (1981), Joeri Horstink (1982) and Mark van Wijk (1984), all graduates of the Willem de Kooning Academy of Art.
Their work brings to life a physical representation of the artists’ own conflicting emotions and feelings. Their use of personal incentives in combination with archetypal imagery contributes to the special nature of their work, which reflects upon their feelings in an attractive, but also in a direct and confrontational way…
Last weekend I visited the Retro Game Experience at The Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. An unique overview of the greatest videogame classics which could be played on 50 original arcade cabinets in a replica arcade hall. Different collectors from across Europe made their collection available for one weekend.
It was a trip .. Below is a collection of cabinet headers that I shot… Legendary designs.
Some extra links:
Last but not least: Hiroshi Yamauchi, rest in peace
Quick report from Rotterdam, the ’XXXL Painting’ exhibition at Museum Boymans van Beuningen’s ONDERZEEBOOTLOODS (Submarine Hangar).
The museum invited 3 artists to fill the 30’s hangar. Chris Martin, Jim Shaw (USA) and Klaas Kloosterboer (NL). It’s quite a challenge to compete a space the size and charm of this hangar. Especially Klaas Kloosterboer and Jim Shaw enter into dialogue with the large space very well.
Only after five minutes, I found out that the painted works of Klaas Kloosterboer (NL) are hanging from a rail, which comes in motion time to time. Behind this rail track is a second, parallel rail, with stationary work. Because two layers are used, new compositions are created repeatedly .Klaas Kloosterboer is literally stripping down painting. There’s paint on canvas, but also in the appearance of overalls, gloves and bags. Painting supplies which, in an aesthetic way are what they are: paint on a surface. On video screens you’ll see the artist ‘working’ in self-made painting suits. Freaky scenes giving the formal nature of the work a subtle distinction.
The work of Jim Shaw consists of repainted décor pieces arranged in the space. But these are really used film sets (Hollywood stamps), that allows Shaw to tell new stories. Sometimes the new image, remains an incoherent story, also from a technical perspective. But on other occasions it’s really to the point. But because it is so many and big, very impressive and convincing. Bizarre combinations of images and stories. The film set pieces are real artifacts, giving it added value.
Chris Martin’s approached the project in a research-based way. But kept close to his existing research material and subject matter. Large and small sizes alternate.
‘Onderzeebootloods – XXXL Painting’ till 29 September at Onderzeebootloods, Rotterdam, NL
“This is a digital copy of a 15:42 minute 16mm film made in 1970. It presents a demonstration of one of the pioneering interactive systems that would enable artists, with no previous computer training, to do animation. The system is called GENESYS, and it was built by Ron Baecker as part of his 1969 PhD thesis.
This system is, IMHO, phenomenal for all kinds of reasons. It mainly used the Rand Tablet, the grandparent of today’s graphics tablets, for input. Hence, animators, who were skilled in drawing, were presented with a familiar tool – a stylus – with which to interact with the computer, and be able to do so using already established drawing skills…”
via Bill Buxton at YouTube
Ron Baecker built the GENESYS system in 1969 (!)
“This house scares itself.”
Surrealism runs through Belgium’s veins. This is a very recommended Tumblr about Belgian houses. The Instagram shots and funny comments form part of the Surrealist picture.
“Just throw a few houses here and there, et voila: BELGIUM.” XD