BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 CALSCALE:GREGORIAN PRODID:iCalendar-Ruby VERSION:2.0 BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20150307 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150124 GEO:52.3703359;4.8801005 LOCATION:Stigter van Doesburg\,Elandsstraat 90 \nAmsterdam\, NL 1016 SH SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Hijacking Karma #2.1\, Laurence Aëgerter\, Bonno van Doorn\, Brenda n Heshka\, Daniel van Straalen\, Ole Ukena\, Christoph Westermeier UID:371674 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Thinking and talking about pro cesses of making form the main material in Hedwig Houben&rsquo\;s work. In an equally playful and critical way\, through performance lectures and vide os\, Houben attempts to explain the artistic process and characteristics of objects. With that\, it is the objects themselves who\, as living characte rs\, usually take the floor.

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The vide o &lsquo\;The Good\, The Bad\, The Happy\, The Sad&rsquo\; (2014) for insta nce\, is the registration of a recent performance by Houben in the Oude Ker k in Amsterdam\, as part of the performance programme &lsquo\;The Artist Sp eaks\, and sequel to her series &lsquo\;About the Good and the Bad Sculptur e.&rsquo\;
&ldquo\;Hello. This talk begins after an experiment that ha ppened some months ago in the artist&rsquo\;s living room. Right in the mid dle of a carpet\, that&rsquo\;s where she put us and that&rsquo\;s exactly where we still stand. We\, being the Good and the Bad Sculpture.&rdquo\;

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Lying on a carpet\, behind a black and a white sculpture\, both polyform and made of plasticine\, Houben presents a dialogue between the two objects. They reflect on their maker\, the viewe r and themselves\; the creation. This time\, they do not only question thei r artistic quality\, but above all ask themselves and each other how to beh ave. How does a creation survive? And who is ultimately the most powerful p layer &ndash\; the artist\, the art work or the spectator? While Houben spe aks &ndash\; careful and decisive at the same time &ndash\; her hands thoug htfully touch the sculptures\; they feel\, stroke\, scratch. They pick smal l pieces off of one object\, rubbing it on the other\, making the two resem ble each other only slightly more.

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Du ring the opening of her second solo exhibition at Galerie Fons Welters\, Ho uben will present a new performance lecture: &lsquo\;The Hand\, The Eye\, I t and the Foot&rsquo\;. In this work\, reason and intuition hold a conversa tion. This way\, different moments from her works&rsquo\; process of coming into being\, will meet in the gallery space: both the performance&rsquo\;s live moment and the video documentation\, as well as the real sculptural o bjects she has made\, who act in\, and arise from them. Furthermore\, she i ntroduces a new actor\; the collector. Presenting itself in the form of a m odular shelves system\, it exhibits a collection of models and copies of ch aracters from previous works\, such as the &lsquo\;Rietveld chair&rsquo\;\, &lsquo\;the Good and the Bad Sculpture&rsquo\;\, and the new character &ls quo\;the Foot&rsquo\;. While usually Houben acts all parts herself\, this t ime she creates the conditions to then hand the work over. As for the cours e of the exhibition\, the collection will be activated by the gallery staff \, daily re-installing and rearranging the elements\, creating a direct int eraction with the characters.
As variable as the soft plasticine&rsquo \;s character\, Hedwig Houben&rsquo\;s work refuses to present us with defi nitive statements. Houben mainly asks questions\, shows doubts and possibil ities\, so that concepts such as the &lsquo\;artist talk&rsquo\; and the &l squo\;retrospective&rsquo\; take on a rather idiosyncratic shape.

[RJS]

During the opening of the exhibition\, Saturday 31 Janua ry at 5.30pm\, the performance &lsquo\;The Hand\, The Eye\, It and the Foot &rsquo\; will take place.

Hedwig Houben (1983\, Boxtel\, NL) studied at the St Joost Academy in Breda\, Kunstacademie in Dü\;sseldo rf and HISK in Ghent. Recent solo exhibitions: The Hand\, the Eye and it\, 1646\, Den Haag (2013)\; Five Possible Lectures on Six Possibilities for a Sculpture\, P/////AKT\, Amsterdam (2012) en Personal Matters and Matters of Fact\, Playstation\, Galerie Fons Welters\, Amsterdam (2012). Haar werk we rd verder o.m. getoond in: Don&rsquo\;t You Know Who I Am? Art after Identi ty Politics\, MUHKA\, Antwerp\, Belgium\; Trains of thoughts\, Goethe Insti tuut Rotterdam (2014). Six Possibilities for a Sculpture\, La Loge\, Brusse ls\, Belgium\; The Moon has a Complicated Geography\, De Vleeshal\, Middelb urg (2013)\; Definitional Disruptions\, Kunstraum\, London\, UK\; Riptide\, Kerstin Engholm Galerie\, Vienna\, Austria\; Manufacture 3\, CentrePasquAr t\, Bienne\, Switzerland (2012)\; Comique Gé\;omé\;trique\, La Salle de Bains\, Lyon\, France\; Found in Translation\, Casino Luxembourg\, Luxembourg\; Sober &\; Lonely Institute For Contemporary Art / Outlet P roject Room\, Johannesburg\, South Africa\; Making is Thinking\, Witte de W ith\, Rotterdam (2011).

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DTEND:20150307 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131 GEO:52.3735934;4.8789403 LOCATION:Galerie Fons Welters\,Bloemstraat 140 \nAmsterdam\, 1016 lj SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:First\, you learn to see\; second\, you try to understand\; and thi rd\, you're about to act.\, Hedwig Houben UID:371672 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150131T190000 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131T170000 GEO:52.3735934;4.8789403 LOCATION:Galerie Fons Welters\,Bloemstraat 140 \nAmsterdam\, 1016 lj SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:First\, you learn to see\; second\, you try to understand\; and thi rd\, you're about to act.\, Hedwig Houben UID:371673 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

&lsquo\;Performativity is the key word in Ruta Butkute's works. If nothing else\, every object that she a ppropriates or creates\, assumes a specific role in her installation. Danci ng around each other &ndash\; occupying the whole length of the exhibition space &ndash\; the objects ask to be identified\, to be separated from each other. But on closer look\, they for the most part don't reveal their iden tity and remain anonymous\, to be categorized by very basic premises such a s rubber\, steel\, stone\, textile\, weight\, mass\, texture. I don't know whether it is the work by itself\, or my own need for interpretation\, but I am tempted with every gaze to search for meaning\, subdivide and to trace the origins of these materials. The work invites me to this dance of hidin g and seeking\, while in the process a very physical\, intuitive interactio n is born.

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Strolling between the work\, it& rsquo\;s difficult to find a place to pause\, as each material shapes and c onditions the next. Despite the heavy nature of most of these materials\, s uch as ceramics and plaster\, there is a lightness that characterizes her w ork. A form of play that is very catching. Merely by their placement\, thes e objects become suggestive\, one can imagine various other setups in the g iven space\, other materials could be added or subtracted\, and ultimately the installation feels as if it has no beginning nor end. It is limitless. Independently of whatever material she chooses to work with\, she manages t o transform my sense of these materials and to invite me to a very intuitiv e and open research of things\, where I have nothing to rely on but my own physical
senses.&rsquo\;

Text written by Daniel de Roo


Galerie Fons Welters herewith invites you to Ruta Butkute&rsqu o\;s solo exhibition in Playstation. The title of this exhibition Effort Gr aph is derived from Rudolf Laban&rsquo\;s method and language to describe t he subtleties of human movement. For Butkute this specific graph directs bo th the shapes of her sculptures and video\, as well as the visitor&rsquo\;s movement through the exhibition space\, as described by Daniel de Roo.
Butkute graduated from Vilnius Art Academy (VDA) in 2007\, where she stu died traditional ceramic techniques. She then continued her studies at Gerr it Rietveld academie (2007-2010)\, developing her work towards sculptural i nstallations. Ruta Butkute currently is a resident artist at the Rijksakade mie.
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DTEND:20150307 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131 GEO:52.3735934;4.8789403 LOCATION:Galerie Fons Welters\,Bloemstraat 140 \nAmsterdam\, 1016 lj SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Effort Graph \, Ruta Butkute UID:371670 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150131T190000 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131T170000 GEO:52.3735934;4.8789403 LOCATION:Galerie Fons Welters\,Bloemstraat 140 \nAmsterdam\, 1016 lj SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Effort Graph \, Ruta Butkute UID:371671 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20150307 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131 GEO:52.3601501;4.8919833 LOCATION:Galerie Akinci\,Lijnbaansgracht 317 \nAmsterdam\, 1017 WZ SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Apparitions à Soco Chico\, Hamza Halloubi UID:371668 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150131T190000 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131T170000 GEO:52.3601501;4.8919833 LOCATION:Galerie Akinci\,Lijnbaansgracht 317 \nAmsterdam\, 1017 WZ SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Apparitions à Soco Chico\, Hamza Halloubi UID:371669 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20150307 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131 GEO:52.3601501;4.8919833 LOCATION:Galerie Akinci\,Lijnbaansgracht 317 \nAmsterdam\, 1017 WZ SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Scarification \, ZBIGNIEW ROGALSKI UID:371666 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150131T200000 DTSTAMP:20150127T231122 DTSTART:20150131T180000 GEO:52.3601501;4.8919833 LOCATION:Galerie Akinci\,Lijnbaansgracht 317 \nAmsterdam\, 1017 WZ SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Scarification \, ZBIGNIEW ROGALSKI UID:371667 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR