Verjaardag

4 juni 2020

Vandaag wordt mijn moeder 90 jaar oud. Ik laat hier een tekening van haar zien die ik in 1981 in de VS maakte toen mijn jeugdherinneringen steeds meer naar boven kwamen, altijd met kleine kinderen bezig!

Kees Koomen: Mamma – 1981

Kees Koomen

Malieveld

30 mei 2020

Plotseling bevonden zich nòg twee rommelende heren op het Malieveld

Zoals u zich vast herinnert hebben Topp & Dubio in de stad de actie “Topp & Dubio in a Street” uitgevoerd tijdens de corona-quarantaine.

Daarbij is echter het ook bij hen geliefde Malieveld er bij ingeschoten, bij deze is dat goed gemaakt!

Zelf was ik afgelopen weken bezig met een essay over de noodzaak van zichtbaarheid van kunst en kunstenaarschap. Naar aanleiding daarvan: Kees Koomen – Private Space

En zo werkt dat dan!

Topp & Dubio weten daar wel weg mee!

Malieveld

Birthday

22 mei 2020

Vandaag ben ik jarig en mag ik iets van mezelf laten zien vind ik. Dit is een dia uit een serie die ik in de VS maakte in 1981. Kunst in de natuur met aanwezige materialen en middelen. Ik moest er aan denken toen ik aan mijn Malieveld archief werkte. Leuk om te zien dat het wel ergens vandaan kwam om zo bezig te zijn!

Kees Koomen – Marin County, 1981

Kees Koomen

Dreamideamachine

21 mei 2020

The Greek Site Dreamideamachine asked international participants of Platforms Project NET 2020 some questions about the fair. I was brought in contact with Efi Michalarou to answer the questions on behalf of EX-MÊKH. The interview was published on the site yesterday:

EX-MÊKH, clockwise Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen, Maarten Schepers

How do you feel participating in an online Art Fair like Platforms Project 2020? A new experience that emerged through the needs of Covid 19 World Pandemic fighting. What are the new challenges and what do you expect from this participation?

Kees Koomen (EX-MÊKH): The online Art Fair came about because of the crisis and had to be put together in a short period of time. EX-MÊKH had planned a project with participation of the public, but now that there is no public to participate with directly we changed our plan. Within a week we decided to comment on the situation in a video, making use of our practice in the Malieveld Project in Den Haag. We planned an exhibition in a public space, the Malieveld in Den Haag, with performances and installations. About it we would make a video and send that to Artemis as our tribute to the fair. The result is a Buster Keaton – like video in which artists try to set up an exhibition which seems to fail, but somehow it shows the experience of trial and error artists and curators know from their practice.
We found the challenge in the required improvisation and in the idea of showing a direct reaction on the situation of artists in the world right now in the medium that somehow solves a lot of problems these days . Working with online exhibitions is new to us and we are looking forward to the moment the fair is online.
We expect the fair to have a lot of attention, as always, and we also expect more visibility than in the normal fair. All participants will activate their network so attention will be global. I am curieus about the views on the fair in general and on our booth in particular. Personally I am also participating in three other online artprojects and I expect the artworld to move increasingly in this direction as other elements in society will do. The chance to be part of a big on-line project like this is of course great. I hope there will be a lot of reactions from the public in general. We already benefited from our participation at Platforms project by doïng projects with other platforms and maybe we can make new acquaintances to work with and arouse interest with curators and galleries

FAQ NET Part V