SPELING – Group Exhibition – August 1-9

speling If you happen to be in Friesland (in the Northern part of The Netherlands), within the next two weeks, or thinking of a nice place to go, you are welcome to visit this group exhibition SPELING, featuring playful*) art works by made by many different artists. All works are for sale at this yearly summer exhibition and the prizes have been kept low.

Participating artists: Anthony van den Boomen • Herman Schouwenburg • Peter van der Weele • Maarten Brinkman • Hans Emmelkamp • Jurjen Ravenhorst • Betty Simonides • Sigrid Hamelink • Birgit Speulman • Barbara Bartlett • Marian Bijlenga • Age Hartsuiker • Aimée Terburg • Karin de Visser • Maartje Jaquet • Jan Berckmans • Rudy Lanjouw • Maryan Geluk • Tineke Porck • Astrid Meijer • Milly Betten • Marcel Prins • Faan Olgers • Riki Mijling • Simon Oud • Chris Baker • Leo Cahn. I am participating with four small handmade collages, each of which coming in a custom made wooden frame.

*) SPELING translates as PLAY as in a freak of nature or as in margin, room, slack. But the title is about PLAY as in PLAYFULNESS too, of course.

SPELING – Group Exhibition
August 1st – August 9th
Kunstlokaal No.8
Schoterlandse weg 55
8411 XX Jubbega (Fr.)
The Netherlands

At oma Maria van Daalen’s place – drawing assignment

Drawing assignment.
One day a week, two year old granddaughter J. is staying with her grandmother Maria van Daalen (Dutch poet/writer, www.mariavandaalen.com). Maria asked me to come over and make drawings of her granddaughter, a surprise gift for the girl’s parents. It really was very nice to do, i love this kind of assignments.
Bij oma Maria (1)

Bij oma Maria (2)Bij oma Maria (3)Bij oma Maria (4)

Special Education Art Classes – Het Spectrum

Special Education Art Classes (children with learning difficulties – MLK in Dutch) A series of three classes. Children, age ± 11. Schermafbeelding 2015-06-26 om 10.40.28
https://vimeo.com/131856455

Two groups (‘Groep Groen’ & ‘Groep Paars’) in SBO Het Spectrum in Amsterdam did an art project with me. In the first lesson we went outside to pick up small pieces off the street and collect them in small plastic bags. In the second lesson they created animals with what they had found, glueing them together in cigar boxes. And in the third lesson they made name tags for their art works and decorated the animal houses with paint. They also learned how to create new colors from red, yellow, blue and white: orange, purple, green, pink, etc. Many thanks to Straatjutter (Krista Peters) for the inspiration and De Rode Loper op School for giving Petra Veenstra and me the chance to do this work with the Papageno Foundation.

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-26 om 10.40.08
https://vimeo.com/129103379

Special Education Art Classes – Van Koetsveldschool

Special Education Art Classes (children with severe learning difficulties – ZMLK in Dutch)

A series of three classes.
Children, age ± 5, developmental age ± 1,5 years.
Three lessons, exploring and discovering materials and colors.

Lesson 1: A group activity. Painting with life size brushes, hands and feet on a very big paper. How does that feel? What happens with the colors (red and yellow) when they are being mixed? Experiencing the concept / learning the words / gestures for measures (big) and colors (yellow and red, orange), other words: paint, brush, wet, dry, look. Large motor skills. Experiencing with the whole body. Having fun. Seeing beauty.

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-25 om 13.07.11

Lesson 2: Working individually, with easy to use red, yellow and blue water solvable wax crayons, artist quality. First part: drawing, starting with one color, then the next one, etc. Next part: working with a small brush and water and experiencing what happens to the colors. Experiencing the concept / learning the words / gestures for measures (small) and colors (yellow and blue). Fine motor skills. Experiencing the power to be able to create something beautiful all by yourself.

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-25 om 12.43.47

Lesson 3: Big boxes, yellow and blue painter’s tape. Experiencing how tape feels and what tape can do. Experiencing the concept / learning the words / gestures for measures (big, small), positions (in, out, under, on top etc)and colors (yellow and blue). Learning through play.

Schermafbeelding 2015-06-25 om 12.44.20

These art classes were made possible by the Papageno Foundation, De Rode Loper op School, stichting Mocca and Plein C.

Ambition – Video clip made with children 9-12

Ambition – video clip
After School Program: Photography Classes
Brede School Kinkerbuurt, Amsterdam

Ambition
Besides photography the children also learn how to make movies: stop motion, slow motion, … Last week’s assignment was to make slow motion movies by using my iPhone.
I made a video clip using the children’s footage. Music by Iggy Pop: ‘Ambition’ (1980)

You can watch the clip here on vimeo:
vimeo.com/129452033

Water ballet – Selected for the June 2015 One Minutes Series

Water ballet
Selected for the June 2015 One Minutes Series:
‘We do not know what it is exactly that you are doing …’

water ballet

Curated by the wonderful Faivovich & Goldberg, this series is an immersion into the The One Minutes archive. F&G reviewed 4147 videos from the first ten years (1999-2009), selecting 56 films.

I made this video in 2008. There are two versions: one with and one without a soundtrack. The video selected by Faivovich & Goldberg is the one with the soundtrack.

MAARTJE JAQUET: The artist and her collection – Exhibition in Arti et Amicitiae

MAARTJE JAQUET: the artist and her collection
Exhibition: may 18th through june 30
Arti et Amicitiae 
(downstairs in the society)
Rokin 112
1012 LB Amsterdam

Official opening: monday, may 18th, 17:30
The exhibition is accessible to the public during the opening and after that from tuesday through friday from 10:00 to 17:00.

I made photos of all the walls, you can view them in this album on flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mjaquet/sets/72157652946569570

foto arti expositie collectie

Thousand and one stories

In a stately Amsterdam canal house Maartje Jaquet lives and works . A building that has been transformed several times in the course of centuries. History is not revealed in all the details, but it can’t be washed away either. The different layers and characteristics of the many periods of time are easily recognized. A rich history that Maartje Jaquet cherishes.

Her collection is broad and has a wealth of all kinds of storylines. There are works by Maarten Ploeg, Peter Klashorst and Moritz Ebinger. She presents her collection, in a generous way. Works that are related to each other, sometimes a strange piece of plastic, a casual gift, a found object or her own work. Works by American artists Vivienne Strauss, Chris Baker, Shelley Savor (from Canada) and Calvin Seibert, the latter with a surprisingly multifaceted oeuvre.

Maartje Jaquet is also known for her versatility: she draws, paints, photographs, films, makes music and writes poetry. And she makes striking collages where an old image is revived and given a new meaning. Just like her house the story was still unfinished. This reflects on her personal art collection that consists of found objects, works by others and her own work. On her studio walls you see all kinds of frame narratives, opening into new windows, like in the stories of Sherazade. Her found objects are tangible reminders of what she, as a photographer and video artist, shows to the viewer in an unadorned way: everyday things become extraordinary when you look at them in a different way. The stories on her walls are a visual diary, they talk about the source of a work of art which lead to new creations or to the purchase of a new piece which then weaves into the collection to form a new story line. Thus, the creators of the works of art and the collection itself are incorporated into one big family.

Each part of the collection can be seen as a beloved member of the family.

One can not do without them.

March 2015

Harald Schole

With the following artists:
Anna Antonova, Chris Baker, Alison Bass, Marian Bijlenga, Jaap Blonk, Turi Braaksma – van Heerikhuizen, Maarten Brinkman, Anja Brunt, Patricia van de Camp, Carlomaria, Colombel, Luísa Cortesão, Cathy Cullis, Eddie D., Rins Dekker, Moritz Ebinger, Cozue Endoh, Fitacola, Laurent Gaudart, Melle Hammer, Kirsten Haugaard, Femke van Heerikhuizen, Roza Horowitz, Jos Houweling, Gertie Jaquet, Maartje Jaquet, Jelle Kampen, Josephine, Kinska, Rinaldo Klas, Peter Klashorst, Jean Bernard Koeman, Dana Komjaty, Judith Koning, Nicholas Laughlin, Yara van Loghem, Miriskum, Najim Molenaar, Frenk der Nederlanden, Tomio Nitto, Ann O’Neal García, powerpaola, Angelica Paez, Goran Patljech, Anita Philipsen, Maarten Ploeg, Oscar van der Ploeg, Rogier van der Ploeg, Marcel Prins, Sabine Remy, Chrystl Rijkeboer, Brigitta Ruven, Lucy Sarneel, Shelley Savor, Birgit Speulman, Herman Schouwenburg, Calvin Seibert, James Otto Seibold, Ines Seidel, Noel Sies, Myriam Simons,Martijn Smit, Sandra Soss, Straatjutter (Krista Peters), Vivienne Strauss, Su Tomesen, Giotta Tajiri, Ryu Tajiri, Keiko Tsuji, Moniek van de Vall, Joke van Vlijmen, Moniek Voulon, Arnold Weel, Jim van der Woude, Yano, Marieke Zeeman.

Boucles – on show at the jubilee exhibition ‘175 years Arti et Amicitiae’

Boucles

boucles in arti et amicitiae

Mixed media (collage, cotton, thread & sewing machine), 2014.
This work will be on show at the jubilee exhibition (175 years of the Amsterdam artist society) ‘Hangen doe je toch’ (‘You’re gonna hang no matter what’) in Arti et Amicitiae, Rokin 112, Amsterdam.

Opening: Friday, May 8th 19:00 – 22:00
Finissage: Sunday, May 31st 16:00 -18:00

https://www.facebook.com/events/982463055098943/

‘Boucles’ is part of a bigger series, ‘ Sirènes’, of which, almost simultaneously, six smaller pieces (10x10cm) are exhibited  in Amsterdam too, at the exhibition ‘Springsnow in Amsterdam’ in the Amstelkerk. See my previous post for more info.

Also, if you would like to see all ‘Sirènes’, you can have a look at this album on flickr:
sirènes, album on flickr

Amsterdam Springsnow Exhibition 2015

The fourth edition of this yearly event, getting bigger every year. From april 21st – may 21st, with lots of events. Go to the Springsnow website to check it all out! This year I participate in the Amsterdam Springsnow Exhibition 2015, Amstelkerk, Amstelveld 10, 1017 JD Amsterdam.

With:

“Sirènes”, a series of stitched collages, 10×10 cm each. I made these works for 10x10artist, they are also on show / for sale through their website.
sirènes 10x10artist

and, in collaboration with Judith Koning: “The Wind Cried Mary”, a stop motion video, shown (on a screen, in a loop) together with the original collage.
the wind cried mary

GRAFIKI! – collage & text project, children 5-8 years old

On April 1st the opening of the exhibition GRAFIKI! at the 8th Montessori School Zeeburg (Amsterdam) took place. All groups, large and small, have been investigating the combination of image and language.

expo grafiki

Art teachers who work for De Rode Loper op School were invited to work with the children. I worked with five groups of children that were either 5-7 or 6-8 years old.

grafiki
For the first lesson I brought a lot of beautiful second hand books about nature, landscape, space, flowers, animals. The children looked for images from different books and combined them, by cutting and pasting, into a new image that didn’t need to be possible in real life (preferably not!): a monkey in space, huge flowers coming out of a castle, a mole on a volcano, etcetera.
In the second lesson they learned how to make names for the pictures in their collages. They discovered that, just like the pictures, words could be stuck together to make new words. The monkey in space was a “space monkey”, the mole on a volcano ‘mole eruption’. They wrote their words down, then stamped them and glued them onto their collages. Eventually all children decorated their work with crayons, in order to get a nice frame, just like you see around paintings in a museum, because on April 1st, their school will be transformed into a museum too!