Apprentice Master Project# 19 – In Closeness of Matter

1 juni 2017

Tussen de bedrijven door heb ik nog twee tentoonstellingen in het kader van het Apprentice Master project gezien, en dat waren niet de minsten. Frans van Lent opende 2 juni In Closeness of Matter in TAC. Deelnemende studenten waren Anita Horvath (HKU), Gloria Panova (WdK) , Lidyann van der Wolf (WdK) en Pol Veldhuizen (Maastricht). Bij de ingang zie je direct de gave video Pneuma van van Lent die voor meerdere interpretaties vatbaar is en zeker goed in deze tentoonstelling past. In de tentoonstellingsruimte is veel lucht, dat komt door de aanpak van de studenten die bijzonder subtiel is. Gloria Panova bracht slechts enkele kleine accenten in de ruimte aan terwijl Anita Horvath een flink aantal elementen inbracht die soms opvallend en soms erg subtiel zijn. De plastic bubbles die de ruimte tot klinken brengen door de mensen die er doorheen lopen is een erg mooie ingreep. Lidyann van der Wolf heeft een aantal textiele werken als wandsculptuur aangebracht. Door de kleuren die het werk heeft wordt het mooi opgenomen in de subtiliteit van het geheel terwijl één werk, twee kleine schaamlippen, ondanks het formaat wel heel opvallend in de ruimte is aangebracht. Ook bij dit werk kan ik me diverse interpretaties voorstellen.
Ten slotte de vierde student, Pol van Veldhuizen. Zijn werk is op sokkels geplaatst: een aantal elektronische apparaten die aangesloten zijn op iets met een snoer dat naar buiten verdwijnt, een werk met dode planten op sokkels, en een aantal producten uit de supermarkt in rijtjes op sokkels. Boven dit werk is een letterlijk lullig werkje opgehangen van Anita Horvath wat ik wel een mooie ingreep vind.

Frans van Lent: Pneuma – 2016

Frans van Lent: Pneuma – 2016

Frans van Lent: Pneuma – 2016

Frans van Lent: Pneuma – 2016

Pol Veldhuizen

Anita Horvath: overblijfsel van de openingsperformance

Anita Horvath

Lidyann van der Wolf

Anita Horvath

Anita Horvath

Gloria Panova

Pol Veldhuizen

Lidyann van der Wolf

Anita Horvath

Boven Pol Veldhuizen

Gloria Panova

Lidyann van der Wolf

Lidyann van der Wolf

Anita Horvath

Apprentice Master Project

 

#5: Athens – Documenta 14@ASFA – EMST

May 23, 2017

Today Platforms opened late, so we had a chance to visit Documenta again. First we headed for ASFA, The Athens School of Fine Arts, a beautiful space I visited before during Art Athina. Near ASFA we could also find some other small places with art from Documenta. After that I decided to go to EMST, the new Museum of Contemporary Art, a venue I had wanted to visit for some years. It had once been the FIX-brewery, well known Greek beer had been brewn here. After demolishing half of the building for a new subway-station, what remained was turned into a museum building which was left unused for some time, untill Documenta wanted to make use of it. The building is beautiful and it has nice spaces. It makes me think of the new SF-MOMA, the way the stairway goes up on the side of the building and by the way the facade is put up. I do think the routing is not very clear though, especially in case of a continuïng exhibition like the one I visited now.

Billboard on the way to ASFA

In a house on the way we found a project by Olabong Nkanga, a soap factory named Carved to Flow.

Natural Soap was presented here, this is manufactured with charcoal, water and natural fats like oil and butter from al over the Mediterranian and Africa

Laboratory stuff and a stamp for large pieces

In the house next door a subtle installation was made by Nikhil Chopra. During a performance of three days he made a wall drawing and a number of little artifacts. After this he set of for a road trip through Eastern Europe in the direction of Kassel. On the way he will do performances, public drawings and collaborative events.

The little clay models are moving

and the open sea in clay on the wall is rather overwhelming!

Anna Davcikova: Along the Axis of Affinity, a video installation showing the deveopment of abstract design next to East European building

Anna and Lawrence Halprin: Photographs of the Sea ranch and Driftwood City Workshops 1962-1971

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Lawrence Halprin in interview

Bonita Ely: Plasticus Progressus – Memento Mori – 2017

Artur Zmijewski – Glimpse 2016-2017 A rather confronting video about the refugees in Calais ending up in paris underneath the metro. The director tries to have them integrated by teaching them to wipe the streets with a broom or by having them painting their faces white.

Olaf Holzapfel: Zaun -abstract work with natural materials, like cane or in this case straw. These are normally beïng used for fences or other useful things

Bouchra Khalili: The Tempest Society – talking heads telling about experiences in a strange land with beautiful music in between

Maria Magdalena Campus Pons and Neil Leonard: Matanzas Soundmap

A beautiful installation with efficiënt use of materials

EMST

Maria Eichhorn: Buiding as unowned property – conversion of a buiding’s legal status, legal studies, documents, building and lot at Stavropoulou 15, 11252 Athene

Acknowledgement Documenta 14

Lois Weinberger: Debris Field – 2010-2016 – Objects excavated from the Weinberger Family farmhouse in Austria, photographs, sculptures, works on paper

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Forough Farokhzad: The House is Black – 1963 Beautiful movie set in a leper colony in the north of Iran, The House is Black juxtaposes “ugliness”, of which there is much in the world as stated in the opening scenes, with religion and gratitude

Stanley Whitney: James Brown Sacrifice to Apollo – 2008

Ernest Mancoba: Untitled – n.d.

Maria Lai: Lenzuolo – 1981

Moyra Davey: Portrait/Landscape – 2017

idem – detail

Kvai Samnang: Preah Konlung – 2017 (eleven masks of woven vines)

Vilja Celmins: untitled

Cecilia Vicuña: Quipu Womb (The story of the red thread, Athens) – 2017

Yael Davids: A Reading that Loves, A Physical Act – 2017 including Death mask of Else Lasker Schüler

Nairy Baghramian: Drawing Table (Homage to Jane Bowles) – 2017

Hans Eijkelboom: from The Street & Modern Life – 2014

Edi Hila: Conversation – 2014

Facade EMST

This beautiful new piece was to be found in the changing booth of the 24 hours project

Frans van Lent en Nico Parlevliet van Unnoticed Art, almost After Hours at Platforms Project

Documenta 14

 

#2: Athens – Documenta 14 @ Athens Conservatoire – Platforms Project 2017

20 mei 2017

Today the Platforms Project opened for the public. Before I had some time to visit a venue of Documenta 14, The Athens Conservatoire or Odeion as Greeks call it. In the next reports I will show the works I thought worth while, in the end I shall try to eveluate Documenta as a whole.

At the entrance – David Lamelas: Time as Activity – a three channel live feed from resp. the German parliament, the Acropolis and the Greek Parliament.

Susan Hiller made a beautiful work, a sound-booth with recordings of vanished or endangered languages

Of course, in a conservatory, music can not be omitted. The Contemporary Music Research Centre, founded by Iannis Xenakis, Giannis Papaioannou and Stephanos Vassiliadis conducted research and engaged in educational projects as well as festivals and collaborations.

For instance Mycenae Polypoton, a site specific performance set in the ruins of Mycenae in 1978. It involved musicians, singers, sheperds and lit sheep as well as other recitals of movement and light.

On the occasion of Documenta 14 an old synthisizer was restored, the EMS Synthi 100, a rare analogue synthesizer built in London in 1971. Four compositions have been written for it to be played during Documenta 14.

Akinbode Akinbiyi: Passageways, Involuntary and the Sound of Crowded Spaces – 2015-2017

Pélagie Gbaguidi: The Missing Link, Decolonisation Education by mrs. Smiling Stone – 2017

Pélagie Gbaguidi: The Missing Link, Decolonisation Education by mrs. Smiling Stone – 2017

Guilermo Galindo: Score for Boca de la noche – 2016 (from the series “Border Canto’s”)

Guilermo Galindo: Score for Border Planetarium – 2016 (from the series “Border Canto’s”)

Kettly Noël: Strange Fruit

André du Colombier: Untitled

Peter Friedl: Report – 2016

Ganesh Haloi: Untitled – 2016

Ganesh Haloi: Untitled – 2016

Hiwa K: Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) – 2017 A video of a man escaping his country with a stick on his head with mirrors attached to it. He sees his surroundings and himself in the mirrors while we see him walking to his destiny. A voice-over relates his feelings in all this.

Hiwa K: Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue)-2017

After the Conservatory I walked to the venue where Platforms project was beïng held,. On the way I stopped at some of the places where small presentations in Documenta could be seen. The Nikos Hadjikyriakos- Ghika Museum, one of the four locations of the Benaki Museum is a beautiful house in the centre of the city. It shows biographies of well known writers, actors, poets, composers and painters and sculptors. The building used to be the house of Ghika, one of the famous Greek modernist painters, the two top floors show his living quarters and his studio. In between all this Documenta had placed work of forgotten painters. The paintings were not very interesting, apparently they were chosen because of their subjects: immigrants and other non Greek persons.

Beautiful sketches of renovation of The Niche, the 8th gymnasium school chapel of Athens

And this is the chapel, a nice modernist buiding

A picture of Greek poet Seferis together with Ezra Pound

This is the official document which was given to Giorgos Seferis when he won the Nobel Prize for litterature

36 Black and white pictures by Nikos Hadjikyriakos- Ghikawere added by Documenta

They show Greek living in the thirties

but you can recognise the painter in the structures and the compositions

The Numismatic Museum showed one work: that of Dan Peterman, who also shows at the EMST

It’s a bar of metal, the form suggests gold, from under the sea maybe?

Back in Platforms an impression of what is beïng shown by different artists initiatives:

Oversight EX-MÊKH booth

EX-MÊKH: Maarten Schepers

Maarten Schepers close up with his night-pictures of stars

Ellen Rodenberg: detail

Kees Koomen: oversight

KRAATZ is an interesting collaboration from Berlin with A-Trans’ Isolde Nagel, painter Marian Wijnvoord, musician Yorgos Dimitriadis, Stéphan Gueneau, Louise Crawford and philosopher Forbes Morlock. This installation was to change every day, though I found it interesting as it was

A-Trans showed photographs by Ekkehard Keintzel and pantings by Marian Wijnvoord

The combination of which worked out well

Moving landscapes by Marian Wijnvoord

Rosa Lux collaborated with other galleries again, this is Tiny Domingos at Beaston Projects

With slightly surrealistic pictures too

And this is Linda Weiss at Paper from UK

She had a beautiful presentation by the way, for instance with these Trump Tower grids!

National TV was present at the opening, interviewing Dutch globally based artist Willem-Jan Smit

The cellar was the real underground with nice work at ID:I

At Future Scenarios pictures were taken of the public

I don’t have the name of this collective, but it was a lively lot

At 24 hours project a daily change would take place also, I liked this as it was though!

With great graphic art up in the corner

and a protagonist on the side

Unnoticed Art presents an unnoticed exhibition, but it also executes performances of these artists regularly!

Unnoticed Art makes one curious for its intentions

but it appears to be a very intimate exhibition, featuring the works of EX-MÊKH-members

This is the wall in the cellar where the Lo and Behold shows their project, EX-MÊKH is presented in a nice context

After the opening of Platforms drinks in a local bar. On the way there we passed the Panathinaikos stadium, covered with grafitti!

Platforms Project 2017

Documenta 14

 

#1: Athens – Platforms Project 2017

May 19th 2017

First day in Athens: Filled with expectations we went to the new venue of Platforms project. It appeared to be a former Cutural Centre, a modernist building which had won a architectural prize and which haused all kinds of different spaces. There was an outside space next to the cafetaria  in the building which would later appear to be a  nice spot to get some air and to meet people. EX-MÊKH started to install their work immediately in a space that was rather difficult. However, Maarten Schepers made a model beforehand and Ellen Rodenberg installed her work in a way that gloriously overcame the problems at hand and manipulated the public into an active attitude towards the work.

Banners in front of the building

Ellen Rodenberg unpacking her paintings

The material at hand

Maarten Schepers installing his work

Installing Ellen Rodenberg’s Rail-system

The backdrop for Kees Koomen’s work

Ellen Rodenberg between paintings

EX-MÊKH also participates in a prsentation of the Greek platform The Lo and Behold with this piece, a collaboration of Maarten Schepers, Ellen Rodenberg and Kees Koomen

During the fair a conference would be held in this space, real underground. It appeared to be very effective during the two days that it lasted.

Second night in Athens already gave us presents

Unnoticed Art from Dordrecht , represented by Frans van Lent en Malou van Dormaal, joined us for dinner in the Plaka.

Shooting back at the Subway-station!

Platforms Project 2017

The Swap

10 maart 2017

Onder deze titel heeft de afgelopen weken een tentoonstelling plaatsgevonden in Pictura in Dordtrecht. De kunstenaar, Frans van Lent, heeft een conceptueel uitgangspunt visueel gemaakt: hij zette de plattegrond van de tentoonstellingsruimte uit in een stuk natuur. Daarbij lette hij er op dat de oriëntatie van de ruimte t.o.v . het kompas gelijk was aan de ruimte van Pictura. Op diverse plekken in die projectie nam hij foto’s naar buiten. Hij volgde daarbij de omtrek van de tentoonstellingsruimte. Vervolgens maakte hij grote afdrukken van de foto’s en hing die op in de zalen van Pictura op de plek in de ruimte vanwaar hij in de projectie de foto’s heeft genomen.

Het resultaat in de tentoonstellingsruimte is de projectie op de wand van een andere plek, alsof je uit het raam kijkt en de natuur ziet op de plek waar de foto’s zijn genomen: parallelle werelden samengevoegd! Ik heb de tentoonstelling ondanks twee pogingen niet gezien door ongelukkig toeval en pech, maar ik stel me mede naar aanleiding van de beschikbare documentatie voor dat het een vervreemdende ervaring is geweest om er door heen te lopen. Het wisselende weer de laatste weken zal zeker van invloed zijn geweest, veranderend licht in de mooie zalen van Pictura is altijd  de moeite waard. De perspectieven in de foto’s zijn vrij onduidelijk, waardoor ze zich goed voegen in een vreemde omgeving. Het geheel doet mij denken aan de ideeën van Robert Smithson die materiaal van een site (vaak in de natuur of in een steengroeve oid) haalde en in een galerie of museum presenteerde als non-site. Dat materiaal was dan gevat in een geometrische vorm die van minerale structuren was afgeleid. In het geval van van Lent zijn hier immateriële elementen de tentoonstellingsruimte binnen gehaald en, wat me ook niet onbelangrijk lijkt, een mogelijke ruimte op een plek geprojecteerd. Een latere poging die foto’s op de plek zelf te tonen lijkt me ook interessant gezien het tijdsverloop dat zich zal hebben voorgedaan. Daarnaast zal de expositieruimte zich dan tekenen met de foto’s van de plek. Hoe dan ook: een aansprekend project dat de geest activeert!
Bij deze wat indrukken:

Pictura

Malieveld

23 juli 2016

Today I called Frans and I got back this picture:

2016-07-23call-int

Frans van Lent: Project Call July 23, 2016, 13.02

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