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Leonardo Vargas
NDSM Treehouse Amsterdam
Neveritaweg 15 1033 WB, 1033WB Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 2, 2011 - July 25, 2011


"On the Walls" - Leonardo Vargas

NDSM Treehouse is a new alternative space in Amsterdam, located at the NDSM  Amsterdam area . A former shipyard on the northern banks of the IJ and larger than 10 football fields, the NDSM wharf is now a center for underground culture in Amsterdam. This huge area contains the NDSM hall, a hangar-like structure 20,000 sq. meters in area and 20 meters in height, and two historic ship slipways (Hellingen) housing workshops and artists’ studios. NDSM Treehouse began on June 2011 with a new Artist in Residence program that started with Artist Leonardo Vargas. “On the walls” displays some of the works and stages of the process in which the artist engaged during his residence period. The presented Artworks make use of visual elements surrounding the working/exhibition space at NDSM and aims to reflect on them as images. Several works on paper, a metal panel and two installations were part of the exhibition. The Artist makes use of the images that are constantly circulating around NDSM, advertising, posters, graffiti and assemble them when they have become leftovers. However, drastic modifications on the materials and images themselves take place during the process. The works on paper have a certain row appearance that provides the illusion of time (they look as if they had been made years ago) and are simply attached on the wall with industrial tape. An installation made with a couple of found posters at the end of the exhibition space and a metal panel hung as an advertising sing on the street give the viewer another vision of the images used. Some of them appear again throughout the different works.  The works made at the Treehouse aim specifically to establish a dialogue with urban image circulation, a fact that is part of what goes on at NDSM. Pictures documenting the process and stages previous to the exhibition can be seen here in our website : http://www.indebomen.nl/?post_type=portfolio&p=89   And more of his work can be checked here: leonardovargast.weebly.com

 

     Leonardo Vargas. Untitled. Mixed media on paper. 2011

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     Leonardo Vargas. 2011. Mixed media on metal panel

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    3/3 . Mixed media on wood. Installation (detail) Leonardo Vargas. NDSM Treehouse, Amsterdam 2011

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Posted by projectspace on 7/19/11 | tags: abstract conceptual Leonardo Vargas installation contemporary art mixed-media

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