Is nature a place, a comprehensive system or an ideal? Living in an highly urbanized society I became interested in the problematic of representing nature. Nature that is unreachable far away but everywhere around us. Where does culture stop and nature begin or is there a real difference anyway?
With in mind the tradition of romantic landscape painting I’d like to start with my own experience from walks trough empty landscapes and translate this experience in objects to be contemplated. I’m interested in the means of both photography and drawing, the interchangeability of the technical with manual labour, to create images where different systems are not so much opposing each other but produce the image together.
The drawing is started with the projection of a photo taken in nature. Photography is used to distance myself from the subject, it provides objectivity and probably it’s the best way to conserve an image right after the perception. Against the efficiency and quickness of the snapshot stands the manual slowness of the drawing. The image is ‘drawn backwards’, so to say, as if to undo the momentary snapshot and to give the image time again, the time of an eternal landscape…. full statement in pdf
Foundation Wo Meine Sonne Scheint
Where light creates space.
2013 in the city of Rotterdam (NL) I started together with Beatrijs Dikker the Foundation Wo Meine Sonne Scheint. Our goals are to stimulate the development of artistic concepts and support artists in making and showing their work. We organize site-specific residencies on various locations that result in a group exhibition. We are a platform that emphasizes on the artists’ practice. We fosters artistic experiment and encourage the development of new working methods. WMSS is an itegral part of my artistic practise.
Our last project ‘Tireless Line’ will be continued in Berlin. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>.
There are two complementary plans I’d like to carry out during a stay
Developing my work with emphasis to an integrating environment for my drawings. Trying to make the process of work more vital through different modes of documentation.
Organizing/preparing the fourth project of Wo Meine Sonne Scheint in Berlin. Which will be a continuation of Tireless Line with a focus to in situ.
The main reason I’m searching for a residency place right now is time and a temporal change of base. You cannot force a brake through but you can shape its conditions.
The way I work right now is much focused towards an image (drawing) as one final result of a process. This makes it vulnerable for mistakes and hard to make a connection with its environment. Since I deliberately seek for slowness in the process of translation and a layered density in the surface it happens too often that small imbalances, which are specific to the process of translation, lead to an irreversible loss of transparency. The surface then isn’t just dense but becomes saturated and loses all depth. The image just points to the place and time the original photograph was taken but smeared graphite blocks this window which turns the drawing into a somewhat hermetic object. To make this process more vital I’d like to use the camera again and apply it as a safety mechanism. When the photographs taken during the process of drawing transcend mere documentation they might be able function as equally autonomous results as the drawing is now. This hopefully leads to a more installation like approach where I’ll be able to place my work in a broader perspective and open up my process to different techniques and approaches. I want involve the space around and integrate the translation of images in their own in-between environment. Between the there and then of the photographic realm and here and now of the (studio) space around.
If a work week counts 6 days I expect to spend at least 4 days for the work described above. The other part I’d like to make an effort of organizing our fourth edition of Wo Meine Sonne Scheint which is to take place in Berlin (my colleague and co-fouder works at Air Berlin Alexanderplatz). It will be thematically a continuation of our last project Tireless line with a less strictly focus on drawing. The question addressing the position of artists who work relatively isolated will be maintained. We aim for mid sized exhibition project combined with a symposium in the last quarter of next year.
b. 1979 The Netherlands
2005 – 2009
St Lucas University College of art and design Antwerp. Belgium. (Master with honours)
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