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BOUNDLESS grensoverschrijdend grafiek 

6 September - 19 October

My hand-bound accordion book, the HUMAN CONDITION, presented 

in the BOUNDLESS exhibit. Open Display = Five(5) Meters+ 

CBK Amsterdam Gallery 

 BOUNDLESS grensoverschrijdend grafiek(unlimited graphic),

September 6 - October 19, is an initiative by the Amsterdams Grafisch 

Atelier (AGA) in collaboration with the gallery, CBK Amsterdam.

The BOUNDLESS concept originated at the Central Print Council

of Aotearoa in New Zealand. Crossing the boundaries of traditional

 two-dimensional printing, usually intended to be framed and displayed

 on the wall, the exhibit will focus on the influence of new technological

 developments in fine art printmaking. My use of computer rendered

and laser cut plexi printing plates for the text in my book, the HUMAN

CONDITION, is one example of new technology being used in printmaking

today that will be shown in the exhibit. Other contemporary methods

of printmaking included in the BOUNDLESS show that create surprising

new results are 3D printing, digital photography, glass printing, and even

ceramics. The program for the duration of the BOUNDLESS exhibit is

quite extensive and includes artist talks, lectures, workshops, and

performances. An additional weekend exhibit of the work of 35 book artists

will be held at the Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA) September 21-23.

Visual Artist Jean Bernard Koeman curated and designed 

the exhibition at the CBK Amsterdam Gallery.

At the opening reception for BOUNDLESS art critic Cornel Bierens

gave an in-depth talk titled, 'De handgezaagde ziel - De terugkeer 

van de ambachtelijkheid in de kunst en omstreken’ (Hand sawn 

Soul - The Return of the craftsmanship in the art and surroundings).

The silkscreen artwork of artist Christina Hallström. Christina is a member of 

the BOUNDLESS THINK TANK which organized, applied for and was awarded

a grant through the Dutch government that enabled the exhibit to actually 

happen. Other THINK TANK members that are exhibiting in the BOUNDLESS 

show are Monika Auch, Hanneke Barendrecht, and Naan Rijks.


Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA) - The fine art print studio that organized 

the BOUNDLESS exhibit in collaboration with the CBK Amsterdam Gallery 

and where many of the exhibiting artist execute their work.

I had the luxury of staying at the incredible boutique bed&breakfast 

Kamer01 run by the dynamic duo, Peter and Wolter.

It's quite centrally located with walking distance to the Flower Market,

shopping on De 9 Straatjes, the Royal Palace/Dam,

the Museum Quarter, the art galleries of Jordaan and yes...the 

Red-light District. 

I stayed in the top floor apartment called the Blue Room that

overlooked the Singel canal - stunning window views.


The Singel Canal where Kamer01 is located and is facing

the Lanskroon Bakery...yum!! (@^_^@)

Every morning Peter & Wolter served a delicious four course breakfast:

fresh fruits, cheeses, pâté, meats, yogurts, tasty breads, eggs cooked

to your liking, a drawer full of special teas, lots of witty conversation

and a killer view overlooking the canal making it really dreadfully

hard to get out the door each day - where is it better?


About a 10 minute walk from Kamer01 is the design store Droog.  

LOVE the windows in Amsterdam.

WINDOWS in the grocery store marqt.

Upon the recommendation of Wolter, one of the host of Kamer01, I visited 

the Openbare Bibliotheek in Amsterdam. The "New" Public Library is

beautifully designed. "informatie" is part of the music & film section. 

Openbare Bibliotheek: Apple computers are everywhere...

The signage throughout the library is clean & classic.


I've always wanted a red 1968 VW Karmann Ghia to drive 

around Brooklyn...but this could be fun!

Posted by P D Packard on 9/14/12 | tags: printmaking Book Arts sculpture mixed-media installation conceptual digital surrealism modern

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