I added the three latest Hannah Arendts to my website. This one above is one of them. Three others of this expanded series will soon be exhibited in Milan, in MyMicrogallery, from the 8th of february to the 21st. Come and see, come and see!
I am very happy to announce that three Hannah Arendts will grace a group show in Milan, in the MyMicrogallery from 8th of february till the 21st of february. The opening will be on the 8th, from 18:30 till 21:00
I hope to be there as well, so if any of you just happens to pass by Milan, there will be Italian wine a-waiting.
And then to make it all sweeter, three paintings of mine, two Catharina's and one Machiavelli, will travel to New York to show themselves in the Onishi Project gallery in Chelsea, at the Summer Group show II that will run from the 14th of June till the 27th of June. I like June. June is a good month. Pass on the word!
The opening night will be on saturday the 21st of july, and the exhibition will run until the finissage on saturday the 12th of august.
Saint Ursanne is a beautiful little medieval town in the Jura, close to the Swiss-French border. The galerie is part of the communal cultural organisation "Ursinia" that is promoting the cultural life of the region, offering several exhibition sites as well as an artist in residence program in the valley of the Doubs, the river Saint Ursanne is located on.
Legend has it that the name of the town goes back to the irish monk that lived a hermit life here in the 6th century in a cave -that can still be visited- together with a bear. He is said to be the patron saint of people with a stiff neck. (Them caves are drafty!) Later, in the 11th century, a church and monastery were built, which are still there - and also available for exhibits.
I am proud that the members of the board of Ursinia decided to include my work in their programme for 2018 and hope to see you on either the vernissage or finissage of the event, to raise a glass with me and see the works up close and for real.
I am looking very much forward to it!
More exhibits for my work in the coming year are being discussed right now, and hopefully they'll come through as well. I will keep you updated!
See you in the summer!
Hello autumn! How are you? Suitably firey yellow I see..
The site got updated with some new drawings, there are new Hannah Arendts, new Monkey Kings and a few Nobodies remembering that uploaded to the site, and some old ones deleted to maintain order and calm.
I uploaded only new drawings -and then only some, there are far more new works but not all fit for my website at this time- as the painting has been going decidedly slowly this summer. I am in between transitions I feel, and searching for ways to make my paintings stronger, but so far, nothing came out on linen strong enough, in my opinion.
The autumn proves to be calm and slow flowing though, and I am getting quite some days in at the studio (four days a week at the moment, which is heaven!) so I expect to be able to proclaim some of the five paintings that are strewn about in my studio as "finished" soon.
Six drawings of mine -some of them, like the ones posted above and below, not yet uploaded on this website- were chosen to adorn a new project in China, that is currently being built. Yay! Final decisions will be taken somewhere in july or august this year, until that time it is still unsure wether all six will be taken or wether the designers will change their mind on which ones they will choose for which rooms. But one thing is already sure: some of my drawings will move back to China!
You will note the line "Reserved for a Chinese project." under some of my drawings. This means these were tagged by the designers, and will not be available to buy until the final decision has been made this summer. I will, most surely, keep you updated. 干杯！
I have a surfboard, that, in this landlocked country, I do not use. One day, not being able to progress on my artwork, I thought: f* it, I am going to try to make a drawing on that board. Just a drawing. Something one would expect, on a surfboard or snowboard. A cool illustration. No politics, no philosophy, no symbolism, no meaning, no juxtapositions, no fitting into the art history of the whole wide world... just a drawing.
Here are the first try outs on paper, before I transfer them to the surfboard. To see how these posca pens work that I will need to draw on the material of the board, what colours they have and what kind of tips. To just draw without thinking about meaning, composition or continuity. It is actually quite relaxing.
Telling, isn't it?
...not by me. By the editor of a The Hague artblog. I have lived in that city for 11 years. It is one of those cities that you think you will never like, and then as time progresses, you come to love. And you'll never be able to really define in words, why. Other cities are bigger, cooler, more modern or more old or more photogenetic, but.... this something. Beijing has that too. An unlovable city unless you keep at it, and then suddenly, she wont let go of you.
But enough about cities. This here is about art, published on Villarepubblica on the 11th of april. All in Dutch, and it is a long story, an ode to thinking and smoke and Hannah Arendt, to whom the drawing the author is talking about, and looking at, is dedicated. So here is to thinking. With and without smoke and mirrors.
Despite the name of the site, they are not related to "the Saatchi" in London. Or so they say.
They are one of the biggest online art shops out there though, and offer all in service for payment, administration of that payment (which, let's admit, between different countries and tax systems can be a huge pain - in multiple ways) and shipping of the art overseas. So I got onboard.
My work can be found on saatchiart.com here.
Prices on the saatchiart.com site include the 20% commission they charge (most galleries charge 50% Which, by the way, I do not object to, but that is another story, for another blogpost) plus packaging and shipping. The amount of money that I get from it is the same as what I would charge right here in the studio. For the extra cost, they take over a lot of hassle from both you and me. So if you are overseas, and enamoured with my work, the saatchiart site might be a good option for buying my work.
If you are within the EU however, I think we can then handle it ourselves. Then please shoot me an email through the form available on the 'contact' page. Or pass by in the studio!
Where one can scroll around and then meet oneself, of eight years ago. Where one can be researching one's own work and then tumble upon an art blog -one that is still active now- that did a feature on you. I didn't know about it. Until now.
No words, just pictures, of old works that were on my site back then. They are quite different from my recent works, less overtly political, though still centered on our human stories, our invented identities.
Six new works were added to the site: You will find three more Catherina's in the 'Europeans" series and three monkeys, proud and colourful, staring at you from your computer screen. You will also find that the Monkey King has completely changed tack, atmosphere and style. He just sprung that on me without warning, and beyond my control. That is so like a true Monkey King, shapeshifter that he is. Go check them out and tell me what you think!
(This here is a Catherina, with a Christmass bell...)
This is leaning against my studiowall right now (I do not have an easel) staring at me, taunting me to finish it.
Colleagues on the other side of the corridor decided to move to a new run-down-used-temporarely-for-youg-hip-artists building in Bern and I was quick to ask for their space: It comes with a real door, has more light, more windows, nobody needs to wander through it to get to their space, I can dance, sing, fart and talk to myself all I want without pissing off anybody and it is a good 115 francs cheaper per month then the old one. A tad smaller too, for sure, but big enough for me on my lonesome. I like to be on my lonesome.
yeah, the wall is not exactly straight, that cupboard is not exactly waterlevel (it is stable, not to worry) And even the floor is sloping off a little towards the far right corner. Just like the world. It'll make do.
This is better then when I was a kid: I get to make as much mess as I want, and should I wish to, I do not even have to clean it up, but just let it dry up right there.
I did not do that of course, as in all my years in this society I have become far too conditioned to leave a mess like that. Besides, having the floor full of white-blue-pink footsteps.... (though, that is undoubtedly fun too!) Cost me three rolls of kitchenpaper to wipe away again...
The result of said messmaking. breaking up a painting in order to open it for new moves. These pictures were shot right after the dousing and splattering, so paint and medium is still wet.
Hence the effect of a glaze, which will disappear as it dries. It will also become a little darker, and the medium, which appears whitish now, will dry up transparent, so not al the white you see in these pictures will actually be white when it is dry. I have no way of knowing which parts are the actual white and which is medium..
That is the exciting, and scary, thing of this stage in a painting: I basically do not know what it will change into. Whatever it turns out to be, I will have to work with that...
Dear readers, lookers, peekers: As some of you might already have noticed, I uploaded some new works to this site. There are new Monkey Kings, new Hannah Arendts, new drawings nobody will remember and one new Machiavelli in China to oogle at. Tell me what you think!
One of my Monkey Kings -an unruly, irrational, haughty and selfish lot, actually- has chosen to stay here in Bern, Switzerland. He likes it here. Artist happy, monkey happy, collector happy!
Today and yesterday the building I have my studio in, Das Alte Loeblager ("The old Loeb stockbuilding") held open days, as part of the cityfeast of Bern Bumpliz, a suburb of Bern that apparently already exists as a town for a thousand years and only recently was added to the city of Bern.
There were many people visiting, we did a small exhibit in the shared exhibition space where three of my works were featured, I shared my businesscards and got some good tips from people about the Art world of Bern. Colleagues served fresh mint tea and snacks and I got to know some more neighbours from upstairs, and to sample some of the singing talent that the sound studio on the fourth floor is curating.
The local newspaper "The Bund" came by to take pictures of the various ateliers and have a little chat, and I was very glad to be featured in their online reports about the many activities during the Stadtfest. (You will have to scroll down to find the tidbit about me)
My utmost thanks to all visitors for showing interest in my work. -it is always a joy to see people looking intently to my work- and hopefully till soon at an exhibition elsewhere.
All these works, except two, no longer look like this...
I like to put things on the floor, and walk around amongst the various works in various stages of progress. I rarely concentrate on one single work for the whole day, I go back and forth between them.
The tea is two years old white tea, in China sometimes also used as medicine. When I want a long purposeful break without succumbing to the urge of playing around with smartphone or Ipad, I make tea the slow, Chinese way.
On the weekend of the 20th and 21st of August, the "Stadtfest Bern" 2016 edition comes to Bern Bümpliz, the area where my studio is located, and the whole of the Altes Loeblager, the old storage building that is now filled with artists and young businesses, is participating!
The building opens on both days at 11:00 hours, and closes doors at 14:00 hours. There are four floors filled with artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers and young entrepeneurs to show you what they are making and dreaming, and should you be in the neighbourhood of Bern, do pass by! There will be music and there will be play, and there will be coffee, and beer, and design and art.
Pass on these words!
Some while ago, friends visited my studio. Kindly, they sent me the pictures they made of the visit.
A nice chat, a lot of gazing, some explaining, some political stories and coffee were exchanged. No cookies though. I ended up keeping those all to myself.