ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/show en-us 40 Ien Lucas, Jérôme Touron - Galerie Ramakers - September 6th - October 4th Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:48:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list Jim Harris - Galerie Roger Katwijk - September 5th - October 10th <p style="text-align: justify;">De Amsterdamse kunstenaar Jim Harris schildert sinds jaar en dag in de open lucht. Met een bakfiets of een boot trekt hij er dagelijks op uit vanuit hartje Amsterdam op zoek naar schilderkunstige onderwerpen. Dit keer volgde hij de loop van de rivier De Amstel; zijn daar opgedane ervaringen vormden de aanleiding voor een nieuwe serie schilderijen. Harris raakte met name gefascineerd door het spel dat licht en schaduw met het wateroppervlak spelen en nam dat spel als onderwerp voor zijn huidige serie werken. Ook eenvoudige fenomenen als een paar dobberende boten en een enkele door riet omgeven waterkant waren aanleiding voor een schilderij. Het gaat hem daarbij niet per se om de weergave van het onderwerp of een specifieke plek, maar veel meer om het schilderkunstig proces en de daardoor ontstane dynamiek. Harris: &ldquo;De constructie van het beeld is belangrijker dan een precieze documentatie van de plek. En eigenlijk tref je dit soort onderwerpen overal in Nederland aan.&rdquo; &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Voor zijn nieuwe serie werken liet Harris zich inspireren door een tentoonstelling over het werk van Mondriaan die in &rsquo;95 in het Gemeentearchief van Amsterdam werd gehouden met als titel&nbsp;<em>Mondriaan langs de Amstel</em>. Veel van de getoonde werken werden indertijd door Mondriaan &lsquo;en plein air&rsquo; geschilderd, net zoals Harris nu doet. Harris ziet zijn olieverfschilderijen als een reactie op de omgeving waarin hij zich op dat moment bevindt. Op locatie werken dwingt hem snelle beslissingen te nemen en te handelen; binnen een paar uur kan de lichtinval totaal veranderd zijn. Ook de werken die op het eiland Texel ontstonden, en die hij nu eveneens toont, laten zien dat Harris al schilderend met een goed oog voor het totaalbeeld fraaie impressies van de werkelijkheid in olieverf weet te vangen.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jim Harris (Londen, 1968)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Kreeg zijn opleiding aan de Bristol Polytechnic in Engeland en aan het &Eacute;cole des Beaux Arts in Montpellier. In 1990 kwam hij naar Nederland waar hij al snel in het gevestigde kunstcircuit werd opgenomen. Galerie Roger Katwijk toonde zijn werk de afgelopen jaren diverse malen in de galerie en op Nederlandse beurzen. In 2013 had Harris een grote overzichtstentoonstelling in het Stedelijk Museum Kampen met als titel &lsquo;Plein Air&rsquo;, waarmee werd verwezen naar de gebruikelijke werkwijze van Harris om op locatie (in de open lucht) te schilderen. Harris toonde zijn werk ook veelvuldig in buitenlandse galeries en musea. Werk van hem werd gebracht op diverse buitenlandse beurzen en is opgenomen in internationale kunstcollecties in o.a. Zwitserland, Japan, Itali&euml;, New York en Schotland.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:23:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list Johan van der Keuken, Ed van der Elsken - Ed van der Elsken Archives - September 5th - November 21st <blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Looking back, Ed has been very important in my life. That enormous enthusiasm, that passion for life that he maintained right up to his death, that&rsquo;s been something very special, and ultimately that is also the key to everything that he has done.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&ndash; Johan van der Keuken, Ed van der Elsken Between Photo and Film, 1996.</em></p> </blockquote> <p style="text-align: justify;">In Ed van der Elsken Archives, Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents&nbsp;<em>Johan and Ed</em>&nbsp;curated by Willem van Zoetendaal. In this exhibition, Van Zoetendaal explores the photography of Johan van der Keuken and Ed van der Elsken through a selection of black and white images from the 1950s and the1960s. Van Zoetendaal places the interaction between photographer and subject in the center of attention.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Van Zoetendaal has been working with the oeuvre of Johan van der Keuken for many years and has published several books about the great photographer. Furthermore, together with Noshka van der Lely, he is the representative of the Johan van der Keuken Archive. For our current exhibition Van Zoetendaal has selected works by the two contemporaries, dated before 1965.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The images on display by Van der Elsken (1925-1991) have never been published before. They were taken in Paris and Amsterdam during the early period of his career and share the same curiosity and love for his contemporaries as the rest of his body of work. Van der Elsken often portrays large groups of friends or families, homeless people with all their belongings and tramps sleeping rough out on the streets. What makes these different is that they depict exceptional scenes, such as portraits of famous women and animals. The manner in which he photographs these figures shows the artist&rsquo;s empathy towards any and all of his models.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The same intimacy can be detected in the selected photographs by Van der Keuken (1938- 2001), dating from before 1965 and depicting Paris, Amsterdam, Sommi&egrave;res and Sardinia. They bear a youthful timidity, which has much to do with the photographer&rsquo;s young age at the time. Van der Keuken keeps a slight distance from the people he is photographing. He is an observer of the world and its inhabitants who is fascinated by the momentary character of life.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Both artists address their &lsquo;love&rsquo; for the outsider in their images. Their perception of the world around them is not just a sensory perception, but a much deeper philosophical, emotional or sometimes political connection with others and the things around them. These photos are full of emotion and drama, full of lust for life. The photographs on show capture the ultimate link between photographer and the world. In their portraits, Van der Elsken and Van der Keuken always sought direct contact with their subjects. That contact was essential: empathy is a key element in both artists&rsquo; work. In the case of Van der Elsken it comes through his photographs while Van der Keuken translates his empathy for his models more clearly through his films, in which he talks, interviews and slowly zooms in on one person and his or her facial expressions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The shared professional interest of these two famous Dutch photographers can be partly traced back to their friendship and time spent together in Amsterdam. Van der Keuken talked about Van der Elsken as his greatest early inspiration and mentor, an example in life- and work-style. Van der Elsken&rsquo;s approach to life and work fascinated him as a young artist and a teenager.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The climax of the show is two photographs placed next to each other, one depicting Van der Elsken and the other Van der Keuken with his friends. The two photographers took these pictures of each other in the same room in Amsterdam, in or around 1955 just before their work became famous and widely acknowledged.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Willem van Zoetendaal</strong>&nbsp;(The Hague, 1950) is a graphic designer who has been producing photography books since the early nineties. In 1994 he started publishing his own books, first under the name Basalt and then under the name Van Zoetendaal Publishers. During the same period Van Zoetendaal also curated photography exhibitions in the Netherlands, France, Japan and Korea. Additionally, Van Zoetendaal has been active as a gallery owner for contemporary photography since 2000.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Johan van der Keuken</strong>&nbsp;(1938-2001) was a Dutch documentary filmmaker, author, and photographer. In a career that spanned 42 years, Van der Keuken produced 55 documentary films, six of which won eight awards. He also wrote nine books on photography and film, his field of interest. For all his efforts, he received seven awards for his life&rsquo;s work, and another for his photography.</p> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 16:59:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list Jacco Olivier - Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) - September 5th - October 10th <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents new works by Dutch painter and filmmaker Jacco Olivier (1972).&nbsp;</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Jacco Olivier has built a name for his own special brand of painterly video art. Incorporating dots, dashes and fleeting streaks of paint, he uses the medium of video to imbue his &lsquo;canvasses&rsquo; with an intricate and heightened sense of movement creating colourful, textured and malleable worlds that suck the viewer in.</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">Up until very recently the paintings scanned to produce these video works have never been shown. But especially for this show with Galerie Ron Mandos, Olivier will premiere large format autonomous paintings. This follows on from Olivier&rsquo;s recent exhibition at Galerie der Stadt Backnang in Germany where for the first time he presented a series of small painted panels, which were used in his video making process.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Central to the exhibition will be 3 never before shown video works: one monumental six-meter broad projection flanked by 2 smaller pieces. These works continue Olivier&rsquo;s move away from narratively structured works such as &lsquo;Return&rsquo; (2007) and &lsquo;Run&rsquo; (2008) and motif-based pieces such as &lsquo;Bath&rsquo; and &lsquo;Stumble&rsquo; (both 2009) towards ever increasing abstraction.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In these new pieces dabs of paint of varying form and texture hang in a gently swaying equilibrium. These painterly worlds seem to portray an illusive subconscious: organic undulating shapes we may see when falling asleep, or denser more geometric shapes that lurch one way and then another. These different composed scenes of painted forms follow one another in subtly fluid transitions: a twenty minute meditative journey.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Jacco Olivier lives and works in Amsterdam having studied at the Rijksacademie from 1997-1998. He participated in the 2005 Prague Biennale and group exhibitions at the Istanbul Modern; MCA Denver and Centre pour l&rsquo;image Contemporaine Saint-Gervais in Geneva. Olivier was included in the 8th SITE Santa Fe Biennial: The Dissolve, curated by Daniel Belasco and Sarah Lewis in 2011. He had solo shows in The Hague Gemeentemuseum (GEM) in 2014 and&nbsp;</em><em>Galerie der Stadt Backnang in 2015.</em><em>His work is also included in the Venice Biennial 2015, Azerbaijan Pavilion.</em></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>This is his third show with Galerie Ron Mandos. He also works with Victoria Miro, London and Marianne Boesky,&nbsp;New York.</em></div> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:39:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list Sebastiaan Bremer - Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) - September 5th - October 10th <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Galerie Ron Mandos has the pleasure to announce&nbsp;<em>STREET CALLED STRAIGHT</em>, the first solo exhibition of Sebastiaan Bremer (Amsterdam, 1970) with the gallery. On the opening Bremer&rsquo;s monograph&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sebastiaan-Bremer-Joy/dp/9491727788" target="_blank"><strong>&lsquo;To Joy&rsquo;</strong></a><strong>, the first detailed analysis of his work, will be launched. From&nbsp;5 pm&nbsp;the artist will be signing copies of the book.</strong></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Sebastiaan Bremer spent part of his youth in a house across the canal from where Galerie Ron Mandos is now situated. Having left for New York over 20 years ago, he now returns to his roots with his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands: A STREET CALLED STRAIGHT.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Upon leaving his homeland one item the artist took with him was a Dutch photography book entitled &lsquo;Bloemen&rsquo;. This publication was made during the years of German occupation and constitutes an expression of national pride through 3 things: flower cultivation, graphic design and printing. Colourful yet wistful, in some way perhaps portraying the oppression of this period, Bremer has for a long time wanted to incorporate these images in his work. Now upon his return, the time is right.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In this body of work also entitled &lsquo;Bloemen&rsquo;, Bremer makes small and considered interventions in the original images. Small dots of carefully matched coloured acrylic are applied creating an overall balanced composition. The works obtain a galactic association, with the dots of paint resembling gravitational lenses in space, referring to the phenomenon of seeing spatial matter in different moments of time in one view.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Next to this series of works, Bremer will exhibit two larger drawings entitled &lsquo;Waterfall&rsquo; and &lsquo;The Road to Damascus&rsquo;. These works were made drawing and scratching onto exposed and therefore black, photographic paper. Only very subtle leaks of light are perceptible in the paper used.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;">In another exhibited series entitled &lsquo;Nature Morte, Nu et Tete&rsquo;, Bremer uses photographs taken in his studio that resemble Dutch golden age still-lifes. These photographs are combined with drawn pictoral motifs (a torso by Brassai, a study for a skull by Picasso and a vase by Matisse), which are cut into and intersect each other in dynamic ways.</div> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">The title&nbsp;<em>STREET CALLED STRAIGHT&nbsp;</em>refers to the notion of epiphany. It references directly the story of Saul who is confronted by god on the road to Damascus on his way to persecute the Christians. Saul subsequently converts to Christianity and becomes the apostle Paul.<em>STREET CALLED STRAIGHT&nbsp;</em>is also Bremer&rsquo;s own insight gained over the years in his practice. Upon his return to Amsterdam, a loop is closed and a new perspective achieved.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>&nbsp;</em></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>Bremer&rsquo;s work is part of several important collections worldwide, including the Victoria &amp; Albert Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Zabludowicz Trust, London; The AKZO Nobel collection, The Netherlands and more. Sebastiaan Bremer&rsquo;s artwork has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, London; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; MoMA PS1, New York; and at Het Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.&nbsp;</em></div> </div> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 06:39:29 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/ams/Events/list