Going back in time: Daniel Gould’s 3D List, Art in Amsterdam #8
There are signs of life concerning the Amsterdam art market. A few galleries had red dots; not what one would hope for, but any are better than none. One gallery holder said it would be five years before things got back to what they had been at the height of the market. 3D replied, "You mean since the market crashed?" which was two years back. "No," he said, "five years from NOW!" Well, let's hope he's wrong. And you can do your part to make him eat his words. BUY! And the weather is no longer an excuse for staying at home. Hey, it feels like March.
Bits & Pieces:
What You Missed Last Week:
What Is Happening This Week:
BITS & PIECES:
A little over 10,000 people attended Realisme10 over the five day exhibition period.
MUSIC PEOPLE: STEIM has issued a "Call For Handmade Music Amsterdam!" The announcement says, "We would like to invite instrument builders, hackers and tinkerers to show their inventions and self-built instruments. Send us an e-mail if you want to participate." It all happens on the 17th February. firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week, 3D was riding his bike down the Weterschaans and as he approached the Leidseplein something, to the right of me, caught my attention. CITY Theater, which has been going though a renovation and restoration for more than a year, has finally had the wraps taken off...and, it looks gorgeous. The exterior appears to be finished except for a few touches here and there. Can't wait to see the interior.
"5 Foods You Should Eat Every Day," By Hannah Geller. Start the new year right and change your diet if indeed it needs to be altered. Here is the list: 1. Spinach; 2. Eggs, yes, they are back in fashion; 3. Blueberries, well, them again, they are popping up on all the "good for you" list; 4. Apples, one a day keeps the doctor away still holds true; 5. Winter Squash. www.delish.com
Here is a quote which is a reflection on the quake in Haiti. Wil Durant, a historian, said, "Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice." He also pointed out, "Man, not the earth, makes civilization."
Go figure. The American city, Detroit, is a place that 3D loves to hate. 3D has lived there twice in his life and considers it the arm-pit of America. And the only reason I mention it now is that it is popping up everywhere AND in the most unexpected places. There is a new French fashion magazine, "Under The Influence," which is elaborately designed and expensively printed which features this headline: "The Detroit Issue." Huh? On page one there is this quote: "We hope for better things. It [Detroit] shall rise from the ashes." It also points out that in 1960 there were two million people living in the city. Today, 951,270 of which 81.6% are Afro American.
Another new magazine, "Kaleidoscope," an art magazine, published in Italy, has this headline on the cover: "Detroit The New Berlin?" The article is subtitled, "The Future of a Shrinking City." It opens with a view of a multi story apartment building called the Lafayette Tower which was constructed on the edge of Detroit's downtown/centrum during the middle 60s. It was the center feature of Lafayette Park which was designed by Mies van der Rohe. This large space of land was urban renewal at its best. Townhouses and a small mall where built amongst green spaces. In 1967, a race riot, in Detroit, would destroy the very future this development promised and the riot would also destroy both the city's population and its cultural mix as well as 2,000 buildings destroyed by fire.
3D recalls driving a Detroit expressway, sometime in the late 70s, and seeing a billboard that read: "Will the last person to leave Detroit, please turn out the light." Ever so slowly, the city's great buildings have lost there light. Once touted as the world's largest department store, the J.L. Hudson building was demolished about ten years ago; and as the article points out, what was the "Detroit Michigan Central Train Station," the largest train depot in the world when it was opened in 1913, has stood empty and derelict since 1988. The city doesn't have the two million dollars needed for its demolition. Albert Kahn's Packard car administration building and factory was a discount department store when 3D was last in the city.
Is there any hope for Detroit? Well, Chrysler and General Motors entered bankruptcy protection last year. But what is worse is the mentality of the people. It is a factory city and its population is the laborers. Their cultural awareness is what's on TV Friday and Saturday night. As I always say, Detroit is a great city to be FROM.
WHAT YOU MISSED LAST WEEK:
At the Muziekgebouw aan't IJ is an exhibition for the Belgium artist Marc ver Elst under the title "Gloed/Glow." Color it expressionism in shades of red. These large mixed media paintings sometimes look like a violent explosion, a lava flow or an an expression of the Christmas holidays. Each canvas measures 150x200 cms. The paintings themselves have a luminosity that make them glow---thus the title. There are 15 examples hanging----one is 240x400 cms. The surface texture has a flavor of Anselm Kieffer, but where he works with earth colors here it is all about seeing red. One negative aspect for this show is the lighting. There is no direct spot on the work and when I mentioned this to the artist he replied, "Come by at 14-15:00 hours, in the afternoon, on a sunny day. Until 14th February. https://bit.ly/1CIBWD7
Martijn Schuppers is exhibiting his large paintings at VOUS ETES ICI (Lijnbaansgracht 314). At first look, 3D assumed that Schuppers works were laser copies on canvas. Could not have been more wrong. These are paintings and finely painted, as well; that is, thin layers atop thin layers. He first lays down a layer of acrylic and lets that dry before adding a layer or layers of oil paint. He sometimes adds turpentine and/or resins and allows the colors to run free or uses the mono type technique. The point is, these are meticulously painted expressionistic/abstract work with subtle visual results and with a strong feel for depth and contrast and appear to be monochromatic. (All are acrylic, oil, resin on polyester; 50x45 cms., @ 2,350 euro; 100x90 cms., @ 4,800 euro; 200x180 cms,., @ 9,500 euro.) Until 13th February. http://www.francisboeskeprojects.nl/
At Lumen Travo (Lijnbaansgracht 314) there is an unusual show to be sure. The artist, Ni Haifeng, seems to be coming from the direction of the fashion industry with "Vive La Difference." The focal point, of the exhibit, is an installation of the remnants of fabric that litter a 4x6 meter area of the floor. Rising from the center of the pile are two tailor mannequins both clothed in a dress of similar design. However, one is in multiple colors and the other in shades of blacks and dark grays. There are two photos (150x120 cms.,) which show the dresses on the streets of a city in China. Four other photos show a fabricating factory where the main product is latex penises. What is it all about? From the press release: "She sets a visual dialogue around the issues of product consumption and commodification in global capitalism." This is the artist fourth show at the gallery since 2001. Until 13th February. https://bit.ly/2NlXt0m
Imogen Stidworthy is at Akinci (Lijnbaansgracht 317) with "Barrabackslarrabang," but what's in a word? It is a conceptual rendering that "examines the different dimensions of language: its communicative potential, its path through the body, its acoustic, gesticulates, spatial and mental characteristics." And you get six b/w photos to go with all that. The language part comes with the liner notes which are in three languages. Perhaps that brings it all together. Damn, forgot to check the price list. Until 13th February. http://akinci.nl/
Galerie Alex Daniels (Lijnbaansgracht 318), for its inaugural show, at this address, shows the Russian photographer Alla Esipovich. 3D was reminded of a classical Hollywood film, "Freaks" (c.1932) that chronicled the life of circus people like the strong man, the bareback horse rider, the bearded woman, etc. This exhibition does the same for the Russia of today. But the emphasis here is more on little person: a midget. There is also a series of "women of a certain age" which are sometimes grotesque, sometimes sweet but always revealing. Most of the photos are in b/w. Couldn't locate the price list. Until 13th February.
At Galerie Insolite (Herengracht 148) is the work of Peter van Oostzanen who would have been a superb illustrator for Jules Verne's sci-fi novels of a century ago. His works borders on hyper-realism and with much humor. He is enamored with boats and things under the surface of the ocean like fish. But the latter are is not your run-of-the-mill variety. On display, with his oils, are pencil drawings of draughtsman quality. (70x90 cms., oil @ 2,200 euro; 70x120 cms., drawing, pencil @ 1,800 euro; A4, pencil drawings @ 120 euro.) Three red dots at opening. Sharing the space is Geeske Harting who paints mainly highly stylized portraits of females. They are not the average type of woman, neither beauties nor unattractive; and, more often than not, they are wearing hats. These realistic works are colorful with a strong penchant towards the colors reds to pinks. (60x40 cms., oil @ 1,495 euro; 60x80 cms., oil @ 2,350 euro.) Until 20th February. https://bit.ly/2uqyemp
A group show for those who specialize in drawing opened at Galerie Witteveen (Keizersgracht 538). Irina Birger hangs large---200x150 cms.,---charcoal drawings of small objects like a pushpin or a ROM disc. (3,750 euro; "Button Posters" 30x40 cms., @ 50 euro.)...Toni van Tiel has an interesting installation of eight "pencils" each measuring 30 cms to 150 cms long. They are divided into four groups; the stubs of four rest in a mound of wood shavings supposedly from sharpening them. There are also 48 mixed media drawings ranging in imagery from the representational to linear abstract to conceptual representation. (Installation @ 1,150 euro; 30x21 cms., mixed media @ 600 euro.)
Melle de Boer draws in the comic strip style and as with that genré we gets captions like, "How to be a complete bastard," and "rock and wrestle." (50x60 cms., @ 900 euro.)...Jasmijn Visser does the unusual. In fact, it is so unusual it is hard to describe or to explain. And anything said will be confusing. The featured piece is 150x750 cms. At the far left are a series of very small rectangles and as our view traverses from the right to the left, they grow larger and take on more definition and, finally, assimilate into a red/white pointillist composition. (7,750 euro.) Until 20th February. https://bit.ly/2NR0zdF
Peter Verdonk is at "Gallery nine" (Keizersgracht 552) with drawings, paintings and etchings. An overall description of the show is: Complex Minimalism! No other way to say it. The oils are all monochromatic---with one exception. And the exception is a real jewel amongst jewels. It first appears to be a dark mahogany brown with lines waifing through like radio waves. What sets it off is that each crest of the wave is enhanced with cobalt blue. This creates a visual subtlety that is perceived more than seen. The artist also shows three dry point etchings and each in b/w. Unusual here is the fact that they are in an edition of one. Hey, that seems to be a dichotomy for the making of a print...but that's not the issue. The results are visually rewarding in that these series of parallel lines convey a sense of infinity. You expect them to go on forever. They are very nicely priced at 550 euro, Ed. 1/1, 14.5x26 cms.; 850 euro, Ed. 1/1 13x62.5 cms.. The oils are 25x30 cms., @ 950 euro; 35x170 cms., @ 3,250 euro. Until 13th February. https://bit.ly/2uCbyPs
SLEWE (Kerkstraat 105) shows three artist. Geeske Bijker does linear abstract paintings with a minimum of colors that are often very colorful. One work is from his "Diamond Series and is a diptych (150x305 cms.). You see purple, black, red and yellow, but you perceive violet and aqua marine. Another work is a big white "X" on a black background with a one cm., pink stripe, as a border, on the left side. (60x60 cms., acrylic @ 1,800 euro; 150x150 cms., acrylic @ 7,000 euro.)...Peter Davis employees a very simple technique by which he creates the imagery in one motion. It is not a simple motion and the final result is a complex collection of arcs and incomplete circles. Some are monochromatic where all the white surface has NOT been covered. Others have two colors (Lacquer, circle with diameter 96 cms., @ 5,500 euro)....Robbert-Jan Gijzen creates his imagery with a collection of abstract forms which seem to resemble a printer's type face which are arranged haphazardly. His style owes much to the Russian Constructionist of the 20s and 30s. The work is all in infinite shades of gray. (50x40 cms., oil @ 3,250 euro; 200x230 cms., oil @ 13,500 euro.) Until 20th February. https://slewe.nl/
"Siren Blood" is the title for Margriet Smulders exhibition at RON MANDOS (Prinsengract 282). The imagery is that of flowers. She "poses" them at the bottom of a tank filled with water. Sometimes she adds milk to the water. Finally, she photographs it all. So, the result looks like it was done digitally with PhotoShop but it is really analog and shot with real film. The results are bright paint like quality works that are, well, different. In addition, there is an installation which could be titled "Swinging on a cloud." And, yes, you can get onto the cloud and swing. (Glicée print on dibond, 80x60.5 cms., Ed. 10 @ 2,800 euro; 144x109 cms., Ed 6 @ 5,000 euro.)...Bouke de Vries titles her part of the show "Deconstructions" and indeed it could not be more accurate. Have you ever broken a fine piece of porcelain and threw it into the trash before you even took the time to cry over your loss? Hey, you should have kept it. De Vries takes broken plates and other ceramic objects and turns them into a work of art that are, well, fun and very imaginative not to mention attention getting. (KangXi vase, mixed media 28x28x31 cms., @ 3,600 euro; 16.5x16x26 cms., 20th century Dutch earthenware, mixed media @ 2,800 euro.) Two read dots and two green dots (optioned). Until 20th February. https://bit.ly/2N6qgWC
WOW! WOW!! for the group show at Galerie Gabriel Rolt (Elandsgracht 34). Let's start at the entrance, to the gallery, and with the red "blob" that could have come from outer space. The form has an organic feel to it and the piece is defined by an irregular surface flow. Anami Schrijvers says "'Tauroctony' is formed from sheets of red industrial plastic that have been melted, bent, stretched, squashed and sealed together." It may be a stationary object, but it manifest itself with a sense of movement and you expect it to reconfigure itself (Polyethylene, wood and metal, 140x230 cms., @ 8,000 euro.)...Gino Saccone creates "layered" collages made from plastic film and works on paper that overlap. They are two dimensional and the imagery is varied because of the transparency of some layers. Unusual, different and visually satisfying (140x140 cms., mixed media @ 4,000 euro).
Gert and Uwe Tobias (Romania) create very large woodblocks (200x167 cms.) with geometric designs in unusual color combinations. The composition, in one, is irregular in its form and in the distribution of the forms; the other has a natural balance both in color and form. the press release says, ""Transylvanian folklore, embroidery, Constructivism, de Stijl are some of the sources that find themselves translated...into [these] woodcut prints." (Colored woodblock prints, 200x167 cms.,, Ed. 1/2 @28,000 euro)...Conrad Shawcross (UK) has a constrcution piece that is simple in form, but complex in its configuration and construction. It is an object that reinvents itself from every angle. Based on the form of a simple triangle it has the depth perception of a cut diamond. (Douglas fir and metal, 600x400x250 cms., @ 35,000 euro.) Four red dots at opening. Until 20th February. https://bit.ly/2mjOOQt
WOW! for Jan de Cock's (Belgium) who likes to fill a space. Previous exhibitions in Amsterdam included creating a linear interior "landscape" at a previous show at Galerie Fons Welters (Bloemstraat 140) and another at De Appel, at its former location on the Nieuwe Spiegelstraat. The present effort is a maze of stela like objects that form an installation that could be a small village. De Cock creates from pfd, composite wood and metal tubing monumental like objects that rise vertically from the floor as a building projects from its earthen foundation. But each one has its own individual identity either because of the difference in the linear definition or the laminated photo reproductions attached to the forms. Some of these photos are of architectural exteriors and others of interiors which add to defining the objects. You wander through the space as you would a woods. There is the sense of discovery at every turn. Sorry, there was a "title list" but NO "price list." Until 6th March. https://bit.ly/2mggCVE
Perhaps it would be best to begin with the "Jewish Renaissance Movement In Poland, Manifesto" which states, "In dreams we go back not only to the beginnings of Jewish settlements in the Middle East but also to the pioneer times of Jewish farms in pre-war Poland. We are exhuming the Zionist phantasmagoria. We are reaching to the past---the imaginary world of migration, political and geographical shifts, the dissolution of reality as we know it." Well, the "manifesto" is over 600 words long and is a take away. What you "see," at the Annet Gelink Gallery (Laurierstraat 187) is a film which features the construction of a small compound that resembles a miniature concentration camp. Until ___?___. www.annetgelink.com
PS (Leidsekade 60) features a group show of eight artists. David Bellinghan and Geoff Lucas has carved a simple chain from individually carved links of oak. They began with a core of wood and carved each piece to maintain a continuous link. Simple and meticulous...Thomson + Craighead create a very unusual photographic series. We see a continuous role of developed film of a specific geographical location as it looks at a given hour on the clock according to Greenwich Mean Time (London). The top row of images were snapped in Hawaii at -10 GMT and the last row was done on New Zealand at +12 GMT. In other words, they chronicle the earth---from each of its meridians---at the same time GMT. However, the question is: Why are there only 23 rows?...Richard Couzins has contributed a seven minute video that concentrates on images, light and the contrast of light on the images. As to the narrative, it sometimes fit and sometimes doesn't.
Alec Finlay takes the grid of an ordinary crossword puzzle and reinvents it. He creates linear abstractions using the grid by the use of two techniques. One, is to cut out small square in black and white and lay them down on the grid. Another is to "weave" black or white strips through the grid. Simple, but there is something elegant about the end product....Alexander and Susan Maris hang two monochromatic paintings as a dip-tych. But that's not the point. The point is in the title: "Extracts from The Truth In Paintings, 1990-93 (revised 2006) Book-ash from an unread volume of Jacques Derrida's The Truth In Painting and book-ash from the read volume of Jacques Derrida's The Truth In Painting in acrylic medium on canvas." Okay! So what else is new?...Geoff Lucas hangs a poster, "Music in 40 fonts," a digital print, Ed. 50. It is a poster which repeats the term "music" 40 times and each repetition is in a different style of typeface. No prices on the "price list" which therefore will be referred to as the "title list." Hey, 3D is learning! Until 28th February. See by appointment. https://bit.ly/2uiHcCb
WALLS (Prinsengracht 737) is showing 16 artists, if 3D counted correctly. So, we'll make each review short and sweet. Maud Quaedvlieg does colorful abstract/expressionistic graffiti like compositions. "De uitvluchten" (acrylic and pastel) is a contemporary mural that measures 160x400 cms., and hints of the representational and figurative @ 4,000 euro...Joanne Zegers creates minimalistic representational/ conceptual work that projects very nicely (20x50 cms., oil @ 450 euro; 70x70 cms., oil @ 850 euro)...Lies Hogen Esch-Fluitsma takes a note from Andy Warhol's oeuvre by illustrating high heel shoes. Doesn't sound too exciting until you see how she does it abstractly, impressionistic and representationally. Thirteen in all. (Warhol began his career as a layout artist for a shoe maker.)
Kasia Klimpel does conceptual minimal photography that is all about light and contrast. (60x90 cms., @ 750 euro.)...Eva Bartels is far from minimal. She paints stories like a strip artists draws them. But she uses more color and there is a strong---and pleasing---kitsch element to the work (40x20 cms., @ 250 euro; 100x100 cms., @ 1,500 euro.)...Marieke Peters paints, well, where to begin? She is a painter who doesn't rely on color nor subject matter to make her artistic statement. The majority of the works are miniatures (about 15x20 cms.,) and depict a human figure which is either a photo or not. Really impossible to tell. Good work. (180-1,800 euro.)...Mirjam Visker does figurative, sort of, more like comic strip figures, but what separates her work from that genre are the unique figures, forms and compositions of these mixed-media pieces. (50x40 cms., @ 950 euro; 95x140 cms., @ 2,100 euro.)
Marlon van Boerdonk does photography with classical style overtones. The compositions are unusual and the light/contrast is the important element. (40x60 cms., @ 489 euro; 68x78 cms., @ 789 euro.) Rosanne van der Meer does collages made from cut-out forms of various colors grouped together into conceptual compositions. Nice. (30x20 cms., @ 250 euro.)...Rieky van de Wal combines the figurative with a mild expressionistic style. (90x90 cms., @ 800 euro; 100x140 cms., @ 1,500 euro.)...Ann Derkx makes mixed media pieces of simple forms and not much color. She sometimes includes typography...Sigurd Koeleman work looks like graffiti but is several generations beyond the genre. The style ranges from representational expressionism to studies in typography. (40x40 cms., @ 295 euro; 80x140 cms., @ 1,500 euro.)...Bas Chrispijn creates something different. Some of his work is two dimensional. He does a graffiti like design than cuts out, from a piece of paper, a figure and combines the two with a depth separation of about three centimeters. In one example, he uses plastic bottle caps. Until 13th March.
Reminder: When you encounter (?) please be advised that the information may be WRONG. The "*" means that the times given could be inaccurate. 3D says, check the web-site or phone ahead.
WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK:
THURSDAY: 21st January
THURSDAY: 21st January
16:30-24:00 PLANETART (Volkskrantgebouw, Wibautstraat 150). "VJ mini-conference + Opening expo BotFactory + screening BANG COCK [xxx rated] + performance Dr Blu + VJ Mash-up vs DJ Kid Goesting." FREE. Details: http://www.planetart.nl/
19:30 Prince Claus Fund @ Felix Meritis (Keizersgracht 324). Okwui Enwezon's book presentation for "Contemporary African Art Since 1980 in Amsterdam." RSVP: email@example.com, https://bit.ly/2LhADq4
19:30 "SMARTprojectspace" (A. Biemondstraat 111?). Book launch and artist' talk. "False Metaphors" is the book's title and Liselot van der Heijden is the author. FREE, 3D assumes. No admission price is listed that I can find, but you never know with SPS... https://bit.ly/2ufXTyc
20:00 DasArts (Mauritskade 56). "An evening with performative response as a conclusion of the themetic Block: 'Learning by Looking/Learning by Living/ Learning by Teaching.'" Ten participants. https://bit.ly/2LaqQBY
FRIDAY: 22nd January, 2010
FRIDAY: 22nd January, 2010
17-20:00 Gerrit Rietveld Academie @ the Oudekerk (Oudekerkplein 23). Group show of the students attending the academy.
17-19:00 ARTTRA (2e Boomdwarsstraat 4). Frans Horbach, paintings. http://www.arttra.nl/
20:00 KUNSTENAARS Vereniging Stuwing Gebouw De Verbeelding, (Singel 76). 15 artists + music.
SATURDAY: 23rd January
SATURDAY: 23rd January
15-17:00 Galerie Petit (NZ Voorburgwal 270). "Bloei van de houtsnede II: Frank Dekkers, Siemen Dijkstra and Rite Lentz." https://bit.ly/2uFfPSi
16-18:00 Galerie Clement (Prinsengracht 843). Marianne Roodenburg, representational paintings. https://bit.ly/2J3VcnE
16-18:00 Wetering Galerie (Lijnbaansgracht 288). Theo Kuijpers, geometric abstract. https://bit.ly/2KZbO69
17-19:00 Galerie Rob Koudijs (Elandsgracht 12). "The Gathering," by Alexander Blank, new jewelry design. https://bit.ly/2L7XHqQ
17-19:00 SM Bureau Amsterdam (Rozenstraat 59). David Jablonowski. https://bit.ly/2LiYVzL
17:30 "foam" (Keizersgracht 609). Mylou Oord, fashion photography. https://bit.ly/2Lavlwl
20:30 PUNT WG (WG Terrein). "Something It Might Happen," by Veridiana Zurita. "This performance doesn't exist. It only exists as an IF. IF the space encounters the body and the body realizes the space something it hight happen. There are no ways UI could give you more than an IF." Yeah, well don't ask 3D. Go and discover for yourself. https://bit.ly/2NgnFcs
SUNDAY: 24th January
SUNDAY: 24th January
15:00 "retort" (Aalsmeerweg 103). "Generation Y-2 (doorstart)" A discussion on "controversial art." Six participants + exhibition. FREE, but RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org. More info: https://bit.ly/2uoD5Vh
15:00 NP40 (Middenweg 22). Doeko Berghuis + the famous "De EET-o-Theek zal aanwezing zijn op de opening." The latter is both a performance and an installation and sometimes a culinary delight. http://www.superhallo.nl/
16:00 Galerie 23 - African Art (KNSM-laan 307) Vincent Jong Tjien Fa (Amsterdam, Neth Antil., Surinam). + Abou Sidibé (Burkina Faso/Mali). https://bit.ly/2JoCck7
16:00 "galerie FW:BK" (Zwanenburgwal 186). Marianne Kemp, "Exploring Texture Horseweaving." https://bit.ly/2uHXtA7
17:00 Art Kitchen Gallery (J. v den Berghweg 101). Laser 3.14, Amsterdam's street poet. www.artkitchen.nl
18-22:00 Chellerie (Raamgracht 58). "Change Your Clothes Mode Show." Sanne Gil's "Kleren Maken De Vrouw." https://bit.ly/2LgNisZ
TUESDAY: 26th January
TUESDAY: 26th January
17-19:00 "witzenhausen GALLERY" (Hazenstraat 60). Last of a video/photography series: "Undisciplined 5: Raul Marroquin." https://bit.ly/2zCqZwM
WEDNESDAY: 27th January
WEDNESDAY: 27th January
STEIM (Achtergracht 19). "Hot pot Lab #1." "A new series of events that mixes presentation, performance and workshops." An artist talk: Kyle Lapidus; LoVid, an instrument building duo; Bert Bongers, instrument builder; also a performance by Cathy van Eck. FREE. http://steim.org/
There you have it. Not a busy, busy weekend, but no doubt an interesting one. However, you won't KNOW if you don't GO. That's the lesson. You can read about art, you can talk about it, but, in the end, you must experience it. That experience can be emotional, educational and sometimes maybe a bit traumatic. If it moves you in any of those ways then the artist has gotten across their point. But it won't happen if you stay at home and channel surf the tube. Watching TV is bad for the mind! Looking at art is good for both the mind and the soul. Improve your well being with a journey through the world of ART. Kid you not!
Photos: 1) 3D is on cloud nine and swinging to the melodic notes for "Fly me to the moon/and let may play amongst the stars/What is spring like/on Jupiter and Mars." Installation by Margriet Smulters at RON MANDOS Gallery, Photograph Piet van der Meer, 2) 3D stuck in the middle with two pretty ladies, sorta...It doesn't get any better! On the right, Eva Bartels stands before her paintings and talks with Froukje Jansen, TV personality at WALLS, Photograph Guillaume Ehrenfeldt , 3) "A rose, is a rose, is a rose, 3D is a rose, is a rose...but no thorns!" Hmmm. The work of art by Margriet Smulters, RON MANDOS Gallery, Photograph Piet van der Meer