Dutch artist Rob Voerman has set up a silver space module artwork called ‘Into the Grid’ in the oldest shopping mall of the Netherlands and Europe, Presikhaaf in Arnhem, which is 50 years old this year. Presikhaaf was once a prize-winning bit of architecture, but is now semi-vacant.
Last week saw the big opening of Into the Grid with Bas Bron, member of Dutch electro group De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig and a whole bunch of children with silver coloured cardboard boxes as robot outfits.
The interactive artwork was commissioned by curator and founder Claudia Schouten of Motel Spatie A.I.R., which holds lectures about ‘engaged autonomy’ and urbanism.
Back in 2012 artist Peter de Koning of Steenbergen, Noord Brabant made a statue to protest the way a police officer had treated his daughter: a big wooden penis. The artwork also had the name of the offending officer on it, considered at the time to be ‘insulting an officer’ and was confiscated.
‘Dick artist’ De Koning has now been accused of libel for reposting a picture of a police offer taking an outdoor wee on a public road, which is illegal. De Koning claimed this was the police officer that had given his daughter a hard time, but apparently it’s not. De Koning’s lawyer is having a field day with this law suit, saying it’s ridiculous, as the photo was taken by somebody else and reposted by many other people. The court case is due on 29 April, so we’ll keep you posted.
De Koning is already thinking up a new protest artwork, one that expresses how he feels, but that won’t be confiscated.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen first made the helicopter cat from his deceased pet cat Orville, which seemed predestined to fly. His project caused much controversy as to what people think is art and the fact that humans willingly kill and eat animals, but one well-preserved run over cat apparently flies in the face of common decency.
Jansen explains that, “transforming animals into water-ready machines isn’t without its difficulties.” Jansen has not yet found a lab willing to waterproof the creature, since badgers are a protected species in the Netherlands, which means the finished product can’t be exhibited, or exported abroad. For now, the badger and the project are on ice. You could say that him owning a dead badger is an issue.
During a valuation day in Beverwijk, North Holland recently, an authentic painting by Dutch Golden Age painter Jan Steen was discovered, with an estimated worth of 20,000 euro. Experts will soon have a good look at the painting to make sure it’s the real deal.
The painting is said to be very rare and is probably the smallest Steen ever made. It depicts a festive man, having a drink. Jan Steen was known for many lively situational paintings and gave birth to the Dutch expression ‘a Jan Steen household’, which means to have a messy and chaotic.
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Late November’s opening of the temporary exhibition ‘Sense of Smell’ of the Avans Hogeschool in Breda, a research project entitled ‘Famous Deaths’ featured a metal morgue-like box with the smells depicting the last five minutes of four famous people: Whitney Houston, Princess Diana, Muammar Gaddafi and John F. Kennedy.
“Those wanting to experience Houston’s final moments are transported to a bathtub at the upmarket Beverly Hills hotel where the diva died in February 2012. To the sounds of splashing water and Houston’s voice, a visitor first gets a whiff of generic cleaner, used in hotels around the world, followed by the olive oil the singer used in her tub. Then a strong chemical odour, similar to that of cocaine fills the box, grabbing its occupant by the throat, followed by the sound of rushing water and then silence.”
The metal boxes were completely dark inside and rigged with pipes leading to bottles containing pressurised smells. A soundtrack is played and on queue different scents are released into the box to recreate a specific final moment.
Avans mentioned that other institutions showed interest in the installation, so who knows what dead person we may have the chance to smell in 2015.
In its third year, the Amsterdam Light Festival runs until 18 January 2015 and makes any winter night on the town that much more fun. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, a boat ride will give you a great view of some of the installations. I went on a running and walking tour where installations could be found in gardens (bike wheel dome shown here) and streets.
At 0:37 in the video, you’ll see coloured tulips coming out of a canal, the Herengracht, which have to be pumped up by passers-by using bicycle pumps. Other installations had their colours controlled by sound, motion and even Wi-Fi, making it interactive.
Dutch illustrator Ramon Bruin creates 3D drawings that really look as if they were computer-rendered but then on paper. His 3D drawings are made with a technique called ‘anamorphosis’ that adds a 3D element when Bruin inserts a finger or hand into the drawing to bring it to life.” Bruin says that this depth can only been seen from a certain angle. He also experiments with light, and with the correct light it looks like the drawing comes off the paper.”
Willem van Genk was an artist from The Hague who focussed on the ‘dynamic chaos of the city’, as Michiel Morel calls it: “crowded cities with impressive architecture and train stations filled with advertisements; threatening platforms with trains as monsters; meandering streets and squares with monumental cathedrals”. (Shown here is Leningrad, 1955)
Van Genk, who lived from 1927 to 2005, suffered from schizophrenia and paranoia. His inability to keep to deadlines quickly sidelined him in a society centred around the pulse of the steady job. In art, too, he was considered an outsider who followed no tradition except his own.
Dutch designer Michiel van der Kley created Project EGG, which features 4,760 3D-printed stones, each one different and printed by someone else abroad, and mailed back to van der Kley for final assembly. Project EGG uses biodegradable polylactide (PLA) plastic stones that have been designed with parametric software. The project came about after Van der Kley’s recent experiments with desktop 3D printers, which prompted him to find other ways of creating larger works, without being constrained by the relatively small size of current desktop models.