Nicola Bozzi

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Playing with Gray Matter   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
lotte geeven at P/////AKT September 21st, 2013 - October 20th, 2013
Posted 10/9/13
Conceived as half of a two-exhibition series titled , Lotte Geeven's solo show at PAKT plays with the viewer’s perception, right off the bat. The most striking installation in the Zeeburg gallery is a series of stripes, ranging from black to white, which turn the banal chromatic shift of the venue's floor that occurs over the course of the day into something visible and discrete. Another work, this one sound-based, plays noises recorded by the artist during her visit to a 9.101 meter-deep hole... [more]
Holding up the walls   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jan van der Ploeg at New Art Space Amsterdam (NASA) June 9th, 2013 - September 1st, 2013
Posted 8/15/13
The first time I saw an artwork by Jan van der Ploeg was probably in one of the corridors of Galerie West, in Den Haag. To be honest it was the remaining part of a wall painting the Amsterdam-born painter made in 2011 (as this video documents) and I didn't even know it was an artwork at all; it was still there but all the rooms in the gallery were hosting work by another artist. Truth is, wall painting benefits from isolation and emptiness to be properly acknowledged, and Van der Ploeg's style... [more]
Artificial Amsterdam?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Lara Almarcegui, Linda Bannink, James Beckett, Egle Budvytyte, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Hans Op de Beeck, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, Bart Groenendaal, Bert Haanstra, Inti Hernandez, Roderick Hietbrink, Thomas Hirschhorn, Philipp Kremer, Glenda Leon, Cristina Lucas, Arnoldus Montanus, Tatsu Nishi, Jan Rothuizen, Mounira Al Solh, Kuang-Yu Tsui, Ed van der Elsken, Barbara Visser, Lawrence Weiner at De Appel June 29th, 2013 - October 13th, 2013
Posted 7/12/13
The city as an artwork. That's quite a broad premise for a group show, even more so considering the increasingly heterogeneous ways in which contemporary artists dabble with public space these days. Visiting the exhibition currently hosted at De Appel, though, I didn't find so much of the mapping, downscale modeling, installation-erecting that so much abounds when it comes to tackling the urban within the gallery space. The zoom is rarely on the “bigger picture”, and maps are quietly... [more]
Mountain Mementos   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Woody van Amen at Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam) June 7th, 2013 - July 13th, 2013
Posted 6/19/13
Sometimes artists that came of age in the 60s prefer to stick to a medium and play with the same format for decades, applying the same formula to different materials. The temptation to break down the art experience in a semiotic reflection on discourse tends to lead in that direction, but even though Woody van Amen is clearly interested in pushing his own symbolic vocabulary to the fore, the pieces currently on show at Ron Mandos show a relatively wide range of figures and content. Curiously... [more]
A Mysterious Visit to Huberville   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Huber at Galerie Akinci April 6th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013
Posted 5/8/13
The Thomas Huber solo show at Akinci reminds me a little of the Atelier van Lieshout one at Grimm, which I reviewed here last December – if anything because they both revolve around the construction of an imaginary city. But while AVL's was a three-dimensional, all-encompassing experience, Huber's is more of an old-fashioned dip in metaphysical landscapes, à la de Chirico. The Zurich-born artist invites the viewer to visit his urban creation either through the contemplation of immersive... [more]
There's a Snake in the Cobra Museum   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michael Tedja at Cobra Museum February 2nd, 2013 - May 26th, 2013
Posted 4/11/13
Honestly, I've never been a big fan of Cobra and their brand of playful semi-figuration, although that is primarily due to me not really being a painting guy (to stay within the movement, I'd take one of Robert Jacobsen's primitivism-infused industrial artifacts over a Karel Appel painting any day). As geographically de-centered as the group of artists involved was (Copenhagen-Brussels-Amsterdam, hence the name), their legacy lives on in Amstelveen's Cobra Museum. And, it turns out, the... [more]
Enclaves with double histories   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Elian Somers at Stedelijk Museum (Bureau Amsterdam) February 16th, 2013 - April 7th, 2013
Posted 2/26/13
The scraped urban aesthetics of the former Soviet bloc seem to be ubiquitous in contemporary art right now. I guess there's nothing quite like a pale concrete block standing against the sky to satisfy our taste for minimalism and tickle our romantic nerves at the same time. But in Elian Somers' work at SMBA wild greenery is perhaps even more prominent than the built environment. In her Border Theories series, the Dutch photographer – and architecture graduate – depicts three Russian cities... [more]
Jackie O and the Missing Dimension   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jan De Cock at Galerie Fons Welters February 2nd, 2013 - March 9th, 2013
Posted 2/13/13
The first time I encountered Jan De Cock's lacquered steel frames and wooden planks was at Repromotion, the artist's 2010 solo show at Galerie Fons Welters. I remember wandering across the gallery space for a while, looking not as much at the sculptures as through them, since they framed and expanded each other in an intricate game of perspectives and shapes. Such fractalization of the room intrigued me and, as I took several pictures, I grew further fascinated by my own reframing of De Cock's... [more]
Unpacking the Slave City   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Atelier van Lieshout at GRIMM Gallery November 30th, 2012 - February 23rd, 2013
Posted 12/3/12
Coming across Atelier Van Lieshout is easy in this part of the world. From public installations to office furniture, the Rotterdam-based collective/studio founded in the mid-90s by Joep van Lieshout is ubiquitous. Unpolished and organic aesthetics mark AVL's designs, making their utopian pavilions a little sinister and their commercial tables quite quirky (not to mention expensive). On the whole, the collective's production is more complex than its bleak yet playful sculptures and environments... [more]
Eternal Return at the End (and Beginning) of an Art Venue   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Thomas Bakker, Pedro Barateiro, Melanie Bonajo, Mariana Castillo Deball, Heman Chong, Jonas Dahlberg, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Gintaras Didžiapetris, Thea Djordjadze, Zoro Feigl, Hella Jongerius, Surasi Kusolwong, Runo Lagomarsino, Joris Lindhout, Goshka Macuga, Raimundas Malašauskas, Jankovics Marcell, Girolamo Marri, Bojan Šarčević, Onco Tattje, Bik van der Pol, Barbara Visser, Freek Wambacq at SMART Project Space November 3rd, 2012 - December 30th, 2012
Posted 11/5/12
As a project space, SMART's goal has always been to involve artists at a deeper level than regular institutions. In the past couple of years, the Statements series has been bringing to Amsterdam internationally renowned artists like the Russian collective Chto Delat or Nathaniel Mellors, putting them in a curatorial position rather than merely presenting a retrospective of their work. From time to time, different guests have reached out for the participation of the audience, external actors, or... [more]
Confrontational Cynicism   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Tu Hongtao (CN), Huang Jingyuan (CN), Jang Jongwan, Wu Junyong (CN), Kim Kira (KR), Ma Liang (CN), Ye Linghan (CN), Lee Saehyun (KR), Sim Up (KR), Lee Yongbaek (KR), Ni Youyu at Nieuw Dakota October 14th, 2012 - November 11th, 2012
Posted 10/22/12
Those who had the chance to peek into curator Yun Cheagab’s Korean Pavilion at the last Venice Biennale might have their memory triggered while visiting Cynical Resistance, Cheagab’s group show currently divided between Nieuw Dakota and Canvas International Art. Upon entering the venue in Amsterdam Noord, Lee Yongbaek's monumental Pieta installation, which featured prominently in the Biennale, is definitely an eye-catcher: two oversized mannequins stand in a plastic pose, one poised to punch an... [more]
An Adventure of Inspired Solitude   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Emanuele Wiltsch Barberio, Giorgio Andreotta Calò at SMART Project Space September 8th, 2012 - October 21st, 2012
Posted 10/8/12
Real experiences are hard to come by in art. I mean, it's not often you happen to properly, actually live something at an art show. Usually, though, you can tell where an experience is advertised by the queue outside. I remember waiting some forty-five minutes to visit James Turrell's white-clad, edge-free room at the last Venice Biennale. As soon as we stepped out, a couple – too lazy or too considerate to sit down themselves and crawl their way in – stopped me and my girlfriend and asked us,... [more]
- The past few years have brought a renewed relevance to politics in contemporary art, a necessary reflex of the cultural world to global economic and societal conditions from which it can no longer pretend to be independent. Activism is increasingly affecting the aesthetics of visual arts and, this summer, it literally colonized its institutions, when the latest Berlin Biennale populated the KunstWerke with protesters from the Occupy and Indignados movements. Even fairs like Art Basel are... [more]
FatForm Presents: Present Forever   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roi Alter, Jabu Arnell, Gijs Assmann, Daniela Bershan, Melanie Bonajo, Arno Coenen, Adam Colton, Bas de Boer, Maze de Boer, Matthijs de Bruijne, Esther de Graaf, Kaleb de Groot, Ad de Jong, Jacobien de Rooij, Ian de Ruiter, Koen Delaere, Bart Domburg, Gijs Frieling & Daan Frieling, lotte geeven, Jos Houweling, Bert Jacobs, Hamid el Kanbouhi, Natasja Kensmil, Klaas Kloosterboer, Job Koelewijn, Jean Bernard Koeman, Krijn De Koning, Frank Koolen, John Körmeling, George Korsmit, Maartje Korstanje, Axel Linderholm, Sebastian De Line, Erik Mattijssen, Rik Meijers, Sachi Miyachi, Aapo Nikkanen, Jonas Ohlsson, David Powell, Derk Thijs, Hans van den Ban, Sam Geer van der Klugt, Bonno van Doorn, Ab van Hanegem, Marijn van Kreij, Jana van Meerveld, Wouter Klein Velderman, Henk Visch, Ruchama Noorda & Gijsbert Wouter Wahl, Judith Witteman, Izaak Zwartjes at FATFORM July 29th, 2012 - September 30th, 2012
Posted 9/10/12
Last time I was at the Kraaiennest metro stop, in the area of South East Amsterdam commonly referred to as the Bijlmer, it was a couple years ago. Just under the elevated metro railway, right in front of the Winkelcentrum, there was an outdoor market going on. At the time I was interviewing some of the shopkeepers at the mall, trying to understand how the Bijlmer Euro was working. The project was an experiment by UK artist Christian Nold and local cultural association Imagine IC, an RFID... [more]
Portrait of an American Town   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Muzi Quawson at Annet Gelink Gallery June 30th, 2012 - August 4th, 2012
Posted 7/18/12
We've seen marginalized America before. We've had the chance to appreciate its nuances and its sharp contrasts, the poor yet soulful black communities and the star-spangled-banner-wearing white ones, with their drinking habits and skating rebel kids. We've seen the cool and the creepy, often guided by the glamorizing and at times surreal gaze of the Larry Clarks and Harmony Korines. Muzi Quawson's is a different type of look. For an outsider, the British artist and photographer achieves a... [more]
Minimal Myth   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ben Akkerman, Carl Andre, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Larry Bell, Mel Bochner, Nicola Carrino, Marieta Chirulescu, CHRIS CORNISH, ad dekkers, Ger Van Elk, Dan Flavin, Lydia Gifford, Raphael Hefti, Martijn Hendriks, Nathan Hylden, Donald Judd, Nicholas Knight, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, François Morellet, Robert Morris, Marc Nagtzaam, Kenneth Noland, Nick Oberthaler, Tomas Rajlich, Kilian Rüthemann, Jan Schoonhoven, Monika Sosnowska, Peter Struycken, Oscar Tuazon, Giuseppe Uncini, Ned Vena at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen June 2nd, 2012 - September 16th, 2012
Posted 7/1/12
Minimal art is to art what art is to things at large. Respected, but somehow standing out as a little too elitist, an easy way in the complexity of a larger universe. After the first round of sixties minimalism has been fully incorporated by institutions all over the world, even somebody who appreciates abstraction and is privy to art history might be caught frowning upon an industrially-manufactured monochromatic cube. Tackling minimal aesthetics today requires a little more sophistication... [more]
Yes, we’re open… but not much longer   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Netherlands Media Art Institute - Montevideo/Time Based Arts June 2nd, 2012 - September 30th, 2012
Posted 6/19/12
What's in a title? In this case, a lot. The group exhibition currently on show at NIMk is about openness, but it's also a statement of – precarious, fact, doomed – existence. The fact that the show is up until “the end” is just another hint to a situation that the average Amsterdam gallery-goer should know by now: NIMk is shutting down. Yes, We're Open is going to be the last of an almost two decade-long series of adventures in media art, a honored tradition that, since the... [more]
Shaking things up in Amsterdam   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Matthew Barney, Melanie Bonajo, Maja Borg, Spartacus Chetwynd, Alberto de Michele, Eric de Vroedt, Niko de Wit, James Ensor, Melanie Gilligan, Adriana Lara, David Lloyd, Urs Lüthi, Philip Metten, Helio Oiticica, Ugo Rondinone, Markus Selg, Discoteca Flaming Star, Berend Strik, Toshie Takeuchi, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Tori Wrånes at De Appel May 25th, 2012 - September 23rd, 2012
Posted 6/4/12
Amsterdam is experiencing quite a cultural shake up these months. NIMk sadly shutting down for the infamous funding cuts announced earlier this year, the new and ugly Stedelijk soon to open its glass doors (September 23), and now the new De Appel building on Prins Hendrikkade. The renowned art center, formerly sitting in the hip De Pijp neighborhood, is the second cultural institution to move its headquarters to the IJ area, after the Filmmuseum left Vondelpark for its new spaceship right... [more]
- I've liked Guido van der Werve's work since I saw his solo show at Galerie Juliette Jongma, Emotional Poverty (you can read the article here). I might have caught a glimpse of one of his videos before, but that was the first time I had the chance to actually delve into his poetics, to get a feel of how personal and yet simply engaging his art is. He works mainly between Amsterdam and Finland, even though (as we were exchanging e-mails for this interview) he travels to other remote corners... [more]
Three Artists Walk Into a Bar…   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Haseeb Ahmed, Roi Alter, Yosuke Amemiya, Andreas Arndt, Marwa Lamia Arsanios, David Bernstein, Daniela Bershan, Fritz Bornstück, Clifford Borress, Mitchel Breed, Chad Burt, Jaiyoung Cho, Steven Chodoriwsky, Simeon Cieslinski, Valentina Desideri, Efrat Gal, Ceemin Golshan, Sergei Inja, Adrià Julià, Kroot Juurak, Hyemin Kim, Saebon Kim, Alexi Kukuljevic, Géraldine Longueville, Pernille Lonstrup, Aapo Nikkanen, Joyce Overheul, Irene O’Callaghan, Jurgis Paškevičius, Enrico Piras, Doris Prlic, Julia Reist, Nathania Rubin, Jeremiah Runnels, Miguel Peres dos Santos, Sarah Stein, Diego Tonus, Janneke van der Putten, Timmy van Zoelen, Amanda Wasielewski, Jeff Weber, Christoph Westermeier, Robert Wittendorp at De Appel April 13th, 2012 - May 12th, 2012
Posted 4/24/12
It's at once easy and hard to write about Three Artists Walk Into a Bar… It's easy because the show is more of an experience, and as such it should be lived. At the opening, after having a quite satisfying aperitivo, guests were taken on a bierfiets for a stroll around the Pijp and the Museumplein. For those who don't know, a “beer bike” is one of those big vehicles where several people have to pedal at once in order to move, while at the same time being served large amounts of beer. You can... [more]
Exploring the Sideways   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Cy Twombly at Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles February 1st, 2012 - April 29th, 2012
Posted 4/15/12
I remember visiting a big retrospective in Milan, which featured lots of paintings and imagery by David Lynch. Clearly the usual haunted-sofa kind of vibe you would expect from such a show was there, but the raw stillness of those images was in sharp contrast with the artist's films. In the end, to me the highlight of the show was a series of rather amateurish photoshop distortions of old pictures, which – I remember – sort of clicked in my head with Inland Empire's digital aesthetics,... [more]
Over-Trockeled by Collage   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Rosemarie Trockel at WIELS February 18th, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/19/12
The first impression when entering the Rosemarie Trockel show at Wiels is rather unwelcoming. The opening room is almost entirely occupied by long brown panels that block the view to the next space. Instead of being religiously placed all around the pristine white walls of the ample exhibition space, the artworks – a series of collages the artist has been producing since 2004 – stand in sharp contrast with the horizontal panels on which they are arranged, almost recalling an announcement board.... [more]
A Bad Trip in the Vondelpark   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Steve McQueen at Vondelpark March 7th, 2012 - March 25th, 2012
Posted 3/12/12
Many years ago, when I saw what Christo and Jeanne-Claude had done for Central Park in New York, I remember I was pretty disappointed. Those guys had wrapped up entire buildings before, so their Gates were a bit too small of an element for me to be impressed. As somebody who didn't get the chance to actually experience the installation, the most interesting feature to me was that saffron orange, in striking contrast with the park's greenery. But color is only one aspect of a public... [more]
In All Fairness: Dispatches from Art Rotterdam 2012, RAW, and Re:Rotterdam   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Raw Art Fair February 8th, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
Posted 2/13/12
When I hopped on the train from Amsterdam to Rotterdam yesterday, I promised myself I'd try and go to as many off events as I could. Thing is, I get anxious when I have to report on fairs per se. You need to make smart comments on who's hot and who's not, and to do so you need market notions and gallery knowledge beyond my personal capability and interest. To me, fairs are in essence all the same: they absorb the thrill of a day trip into hours of walking and standing in what is possibly the... [more]
In Rotterdam: Art Fairs and Off-Events   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Rotterdam February 9th, 2012 - February 12th, 2012
Posted 2/8/12
Art fairs are the perfect excuse to visit a city. Because, let's face it, those big cluttered pavilions can only be exciting for so many hours. Rotterdam - considered the gateway to Europe with its large port and bustling industry - is one of those cities you discover little by little, usually with the pretext of visiting this or that art venue. And, despite the spectacularly unattractive city center, the resulting picture portrays a place that, if unevenly fascinating, does have its perks when... [more]
Eke Kriek: An Investigation   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Eke Kriek at C3 GALLERY January 14th, 2012 - February 25th, 2012
Posted 1/22/12
Although Eke Kriek's resumé is still local, her inspiration comes from far away. After attending the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Den Haag, in 2009 her film Tokyo Blue Screen was chosen for 10 Years - The One Minutes at the Amersfoort Kunsthal. is her second solo show at C3, and this time the images she captured come from Iceland and Norway. The Dutch artist is most fascinated with cold colors and open spaces, floating ice and wind-stricken beaches. While in Japan she had been documenting... [more]
Louis De Cordier, Makeshift   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Louis De Cordier at Motive Gallery January 15th, 2012 - March 3rd, 2012
Posted 1/22/12
At first sight, the wooden trunks displayed at Motive Gallery would seem like aboriginal art. But they're no post-colonial ready-mades, unlike those we've seen in Vincent Vulsma's show at SMBA this year, for example. Louis De Cordier's “dugouts”, instead, are hand-carved sculptures made by the artist himself, out of white pines that grow specifically in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, where he lives. These canoe-shaped artworks represent quite a change in De Cordier's work, which often favors... [more]
Marianne Vierø, International Pastime   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Marianne Vierø at Ellen de Bruijne Projects January 7th, 2012 - February 18th, 2012
Posted 1/15/12
Marianne Vierø's installations at De Bruijne are assemblages of tripods, electric cables, drawings, neon, and vegetables. There is a pattern in the way these bio-linguistic compositions are arranged, a sort of cybernetic order of color and shape that underlies their interactions. Photographs of potato cross-sections marked by geometric shapes are hung on the wall and the same figures echo on the gallery wall (Wall Stamps series), in colors that refer more or less directly to the vegetables... [more]
An Ocean of Lemonade (Or The Trouble of Living in Times of Fulfilled Utopias)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Pierre Bismuth at SMART Project Space November 27th, 2011 - February 5th, 2012
Posted 12/26/11
Pierre Bismuth's solo show in Amsterdam has a lengthy and quite self-explanatory title. Clearly, there is some irony to the artist's take on our tech-powered, creativity-infested age. We seem to be elated about mass-produced ideas, on a dumb - yet sophisticated - capitalistic high. We invest objects (and their creators, be them architects or artists) with powers that are supposed to heal our society. Or at least our individual, boring lives, anesthetized by an overstimulating flux of televised... [more]
Cuban-born, Barcelona-based artist Wilfredo Prieto likes language, but defies labels. He likes to present objects that occupy the gallery space discretely and often lie on the floor, either arranged, scattered, or in a puddle. There is definitely a contrast between the often lengthy titles of his pieces and their minimal appearance, but Prieto takes time making sure the materials can speak for themselves. The artist's work plays with the visitor's expectations, underwhelming the senses and... [more]
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