unexposed

exhibitions
http://thewrong.org/filter/pavilion/The-Quickest-Via  —-> http://kvan.esy.es/

smoke15

When I was seventeen, I was given a big cardboard box with unexposed photo rolls. Thirty glossy little boxes, yellow, gold and black,  emanating a peculiar dull sour smell of vinegar. Thirty-five millimeter, black and white acetate film, the sell by date just expired, yet these photographic rolls of film had a purpose, a key element of a master plan.

Black atomic like mushroom clouds soared gently upwards, dispersing tufts of black strings and dark clouds.             I am looking at black ink dispersing in water.

The setup of my micro experiment is simple, you need a glass of cold water and ink. Gently release a drop of cool black ink under the surface of the water with a pipette and watch how the ink unfolds in gentle swirls towards the bottom of the glass.  It is like a plume of smoke floating through the air. 

Later on, in my experimentation, when I had improvised a little photo studio with a desk lamp, I found a method of getting the ink to settle at the bottom of the glass and I would warm up a small area of the glass with a lighter. The ink heated up, and then in what looked like a micro nuclear explosion the black liquid would billow out in a magnificent big swirling mushroom cloud. Through the lens of a reflex camera I observed how the inky clouds slowly climbed up and unfolded in magical forms and shapes. For about two weeks, each day after school, I set up my modest laboratory photo studio and  captured those spectacular mushrooms and dramatic swirling eddies on the photo film. 

An experienced photographer would have told me that the dull smell of vinegar was a sign of acetate film base degradation, and that the film had more than passed its use by date. However, my mind was fixed on the majestic movement of the flow of fluids (liquids and gases). Till this day I am fascinated  by the motion of steam being expelled from vents in large puffs or by the clouds appearing and disappearing over the skyline. Videos, computer simulations, drawing, graphics, photography, 3D models and paintings are ways for me to observe the magnificent world of the flow of fluids.

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Online-residency

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animation-03It is a strange feeling to get the login codes from someone’s instagram account and post messages as an online-artist-in-residence. Normally the artist in residence travels to a destination with a bag,  but I stayed at home. That is how it was with the SchetsupResidency. I posted my sketches twice a day and every now and again, my telephone would beep with a message for the curators Sid and Jim. But stranger than the feeling of being at home with a stranger’s account was that this online-residency actually felt like a residency. I was focusing on my art, posting twice a day, I put myself through extra challenges, and got out of the house to photograph industrial areas, I got direct feedback (likes) and I landed up with a body of work that will give me enough material to make some choices.

On the website gu.pe.hu I put my artworks together, so have a look at the results of my residency. You will find my collection of images in the form of a scrapbook bound together with lines and shapes and presented in a SVG format on a one-paged-website.

one page webpage

K_Van

 

A SketchUp Residency

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On Monday evening I started my SketchUp residency with two images that I uploaded onto the sketchupresidency Instagram.
The SketchUp Residency is a project created and curated by artists Sid and Jim. The participating artist (me) is asked to use 3D modelling software ‘SketchUp’ for the duration of their term of one month.

My research during the residency is going to be geared towards smoke being expelled into the air from vents or chimneys and sketching and buidling up 3D low polygon models. I’ll be posting my material right onto the https://www.instagram.com/sketchupresidency/ so make sure you keep up to date.

And just in case you are wondering…. is this an online residency operated from the comfort of my own living room? Yes and I also go around looking for smoke and vapours being expelled from vents.

A few good reasons why Cosmetic surgeons and plumbers should not go to parties

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Painting oil on canvas with threads. K_Van

Painting oil on canvas with threads. K_Van

He stood near the table, fishing out the honey roasted almonds. A housewarming party. Three people were in his vicinity, the owner of the house and a couple he did not know, they were talking about plastic and cosmetic surgeons.
‘Darrick he is just such a great cosmetic surgeon, he is called into Berlin  more that once a week. And making a killing at that.’, then they laughed
‘Oh Ginny,’ the hostess had looked at him and pulled him into the conversation, ‘is a cosmetic surgeon too.’
He grimaced and cast his gaze down into the bowl, the last almond.
The man said ‘Oh really! What kind?’ with such intent curiosity and the ladies gazed at him, that he dropped his guard and took their cue and made a small step in their direction.
‘What is your field of expertise then. The neck, face or breasts perhaps. Or laser peel and Botox?’
‘It is within the head, face, and neck,’ he said, adding ‘it is cosmetic and reconstructive, so a bit of abstract and figurative so to say.’
There was silence.
‘Ahhh’, the man broke in, ‘Well me and Darrick. You know Darrick right?’
Ginny nodded.
‘Great bloke, and getting better and better. His work is regarded as very precise. We were thinking to rent this great big office place, bang in the middle of the city and rent it out to the surgeons, especially those in the line of cosmetic, so that people can see their work. I think it is a great opportunity for the public to see our real work of art so to say. You could have a few square meters to showcase your work, we will have people coming in and out all the time’, he paused and  looked at Ginny, waiting for the ‘like’,
‘I already have a practice.’
‘Yes, people like to see the surgeons at work, talk to them, make it real. We’ll have different types of cosmetic surgeons so that people walk around and enjoy. It’s a great opportunity and you might also sell some of your work.’
‘I am not too sure if this will add anything to my practice.’
‘So how long have you been busy in the field?’
’25 years.’
‘I’ve been busy for 4 years now. I’m not as good as Darrick. But anyway, he puts a lot more time into it, doesn’t have the kids at home anymore. Well actually I will start next month full time. I go on an early retirement.
‘I am happy for you.’
‘Yes, finally I can travel and focus on cosmetics. I am really looking forward to it. Say, what kind of scalpels do you use?
‘We tend to go for the coagulation instruments.’
‘Hmm, interesting, and I like what you are telling me. Once a month I meet colleagues at the club, do you want to do a Masterclass for us?’

‘Sounds great, do you have a budget? ‘
‘We always provide great wine.’

He stood near the table, fishing out the honey roasted almonds. A housewarming party. Three people were in his vicinity, the owner of the house and a couple he did not know, they were talking about plasticsurgrons art.

‘Darrick he is just such a great cosmetic surgeon artist, he is called into Berlin  more that once a week. And making a killing at that.’, then they laughed
‘Oh Ginny,’ the hostess had looked at him and pulled him into the conversation, ‘is a cosmetic surgeon an artist too.’
He grimaced and cast his gaze down into the bowl, the last almond.
The man said ‘Oh really! What kind?’ with such intent curiosity and the ladies gazed at him, that he dropped his guard and took their cue and made a small step in their direction.
‘What is your field of expertise then. The neck, face or breasts,  or laser peel and Botox?‘ Sculpure, painting, or performance perhaps. Or video and sound?’
‘It is within the head, face, and neck, drawing and painting’ he said, adding ‘it is cosmetic and reconstructive, so a bit of abstract and figurative so to say.’
There was silence.
‘Ahhh’, the man broke in, ‘Well me and Darrick. You know Darrick right?’
Ginny nodded
‘Great bloke, and getting better and better. His work is regarded as very precise. We were thinking to rent this great big office place, bang in the middle of the city and rent it out to the surgeons, artists, especially those in the line of cosmetic, so that people can see their work. I think it is a great opportunity for the public to see our real work of art so to say. You could have a few square meters to showcase your work, we will have people coming in and out all the time’, he paused and  looked at Ginny, waiting for the ‘like’,
‘I already have a practice studio.’
‘Yes, people like to see the surgeons artists at work, talk to them, make it real. We’ll have different types of cosmetic surgeons visual artists so that people walk around and enjoy. It’s a great opportunity and you might also sell some of your work.’
‘I am not too sure if this will add anything to my practice.’
‘So how long have you been busy in the field?’
’25 years.’
‘I’ve been busy for 4 years now. I’m not as good as Darrick. But anyway, he puts a lot more time into it, doesn’t have the kids at home anymore. Well actually I will start next month full time. I go on an early retirement.
‘I am happy for you.’
‘Yes, finally I can travel and focus on cosmetic art. I am really looking forward to it. Say, what kind of scalpels brushes do you use?
‘We tend to go for the coagulation instruments. normal ones’
‘Hmm, interesting, and I like what you are telling me. Once a month I meet colleagues at the club, do you want to do a Masterclass for us?

‘Sounds great, do you have a budget? ‘
‘We always provide great wine.’

detail painting 2017

detail of an oil painting (K_Van)

Pyeongchang Biennale 2017

The Nameless and Unknown.

exhibitions

It is dark outside and I have had to use all my power to come out of a deep dull sleep. I have already made a small cup of coffee and I’m sitting on the couch forcing my mind to stay in focus. A school teacher comes to me and says “it’s all lost”. She no longer had control over the class. That was a dream. An hour ago I was on Gyeongpo beach, South Korea that is for real.

Snow on Gyeongpo beach

Snow on Gyeongpo beach

Gyeongpo beach, it is the farthest east I have ever been. I had stood on a cold but sunlit beach covered in a layer of snow while the East sea waves crashed on the sand. At home in The Hague, we would stand on the beach and say, if we were flying a kite and the string would break the kite would fly west to Felixstowe, UK. If I had the kite here and the string would break it would fly straight east to Niagara, Japan.

Pyeongchang Biennale 2017 catalogue

Hot from the press, the catalogue Pyeongchang Biennale 2017


At the preparations for the Pyeongchang Biennale 2017, I have finished my job,  my three paintings are up on display (it was done for me) and I had time to loiter around and  talk to the other artists. I spoke with Kiyoko SAKATA, Japan and Ori ELISAR, Israel and we talked about sea salt crystals with the help of an electronic translator and a pencil and paper. Early in the morning, I met up with Micah GENSKE, USA and talked about his painting depicting large shadows on areal views. With Justyna ADAMCZYK , Poland, we talked about the status and social position of the artist in Poland. I talked to CHUANG Chih-Wei, Taiwan about my work and showed him the embroidered threads on the back of the painting. With CHEN Sai Hua Kuan, Singapore, we talked about the making of physical objects. Several times that day I went to have a look at Junya KATAOKA & Rie IWATAKE, Japan, as they set up their installation.

Junya KATAOKA & Rie IWATAKE, Japan, as they set up their installation

Junya KATAOKA & Rie IWATAKE, Japan, as they set up their installation


They show me the inside details of their work. Also Nils VOLKER, Germany takes me behind the scene of  his  kinetic art work. With Thibault LAGET-RO, France, I talked about the fate of children in the French education system and with JAK, Korea / Germany, about the status of the artists and studios in Germany.

Pyeongchang Biennale 2017

Pyeongchang Biennale 2017

In the evening I take a walk through the exhibition with  the artistic director Seong-Youn Kim. It is a fantastic collection of works. He tells me that he chose for the open call and that during the selection procedure he asked not to see the CVs of the artists, but wanted to judge on the images and artist’s statements alone. I gather that he made some people nervous, but they will agree that the result is quite outstanding. After all the main exhibition event is called  The Five Moons : Return of the Nameless and Unknown.

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The Five Moons, Return of the Nameless and Unknown

exhibitions
An inspirational title for the PyeongChang Biennale 2017, South Korea. I am on my this very moment to  be part of the opening venue with 3 of my paintings. The paintings have already arrived ahead of time.  Now it is my turn to face the unknown.
The Five Moons: Return of the Nameless and Unknown.

The Five Moons: Return of the Nameless and Unknown.

Check list February 1st–2nd
Final check before the opening
Photograph shooting of the whole views of the final installation
Test operation of the exhibition
Press Opening

Exhibition Date: February 3, 2017 – February 26, 2017

Venue: Gangneung Green City Experience Center (E-Zen), Gangneung, South Korea

A year ahead of the highly anticipated PyeongChang Winter Olympics next year, the PyeongChang Biennale and Gangneung Folk Art Festival 2017 are ready to heat up Olympic venues with cultural enrichment.
By Kwon Mee-yoo koreatimes.co.kr

Art decision tree in Cyprus

Art processing, comments

In the last days of November 2016 I attended the Symposium/Artist Residency Dysfunctionalities of Contemporary Art 2, which was organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts (E.KA.TE.).

During the Symposium/Artist Residency I wanted to examine the input and the results that artists get when they show their art work to the public through an art-fair, internet or even a  closed circle. Is it worth our time and money?

In the video, you can follow the workshop of the Art decision tree and I will explain how you can visualize your choices and the results through a model by giving values to [money/time], [status], [social capital] and [our inspiration] input and expected results.

The idea came about by following these two Massive Open Online Courses.

As a result I have come to the conclusion that I show my art work to further expand on my curiosity and inspiration and I see the importance of using  [status] and [social capital]. By making use of the art decision tree tool I also noticed that other artists could also make a quicker analysis  of their situation and chose to see if the method (art-fair,  closed circle exhibition….) is going to bring me the right results.

 

eroes Square

Presentation under the Heroes Square, Limassol Cyprus

 

tree model

Model, testing the results for an artist’s workshop for artists

 

The Symposium/Artist Residency Dysfunctionalities of Contemporary Art 2, was organized by the Cyprus Chamber of Fine Arts (E.KA.TE.) and took place at the 30th of November until 4th of December 2016, by the support of Cultural Services of Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, the Department of Fine Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology (CUT) and the International Association of Arts (IAA).

low polygon oil paintings

Art processing, writing

Low polygons are hot.

Nowadays you can DIY your own polygon art online. Google for ‘low polygon art generator’ and let the web turn any digital image into a techy triangulated image, select from 100 palettes or brew up some of your own colours, tweak the triangulation and before you know it you are ordering an online poster print of your very own polygon art.
I feel that I am a bit of an expert on the subject having 5 years experience making paintings of low polygon object. On my onepage website http://k-van.nl/ you can see my artistic development. (For full enjoyment of the site use a smartphone or a tablet so that you can swipe or pinch at the screen.)

New oil paintings of the low polygon.

Only recently have I gone for the large canvases 200 x 200 cm (almost 80 inches) stretched on aluminum frames.  With a larger canvas size I have also changed my painting approach. Now it is out of the box, out of the lines.

Raspberry Pi Sense HAT and Blockly

DIY

Last year my son MJ and I got an extention for our Raspberry Pi, namely the Sense HAT. Great! We connected it up, started Scratch, scratched our heads and stopped. The learning curve, practical applications and online information for Scratch and the Sense Hat was just not up to scratch. And when Pi3 came out Sense Hat and Scratch just crashed.
Bugged by the potential of the Sense Hat we tried to type in a few Python examples. But typing without typos is not our thing.

Months later…..Blockly seemed to provide a hack-able answer in the way that we can visually code and copy/paste the resulting python code into a .py document. Through a process of trial and error I have pieced bits of code together making Blockly produce a code in Python for the SenceHat.

In the next paragraphs I will explain how I set about creating my own blocks for python. My methods might not be the best but it is one that works, and I hope it will help others make a start.
If you are not familiar with blocky go to their demo page https://blockly-demo.appspot.com/static/demos/code/index.html, and read up on creating custom blocks.

what you will need:

preparations

01

1) Unzip the code and closure (you should have something like this)

2) test out the demo file index.html

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3) the result in a browser

preparing the ground for new blocks

you will need to edit the index.html that you have just opened
and create a new java-script file: SHat_LED.js in google->blockly->blocks.

04

make a new empty  SHat_LED.js file. Blockly will need this to generate your custom blocks using java-script.

Index.html and the TOOLBOX

05
within the index.html connect your new SHat_LED.js file with a link.

06

by adding a category name you can expand the ToolBox with your blocks.

If you open the index.html in your browser you should see that the left menu has added your category.

Test and try

Make your own pre-assembled block

see  <https://developers.google.com/blockly/installation/toolbox#block_groups>

Thus, the easiest way to construct the XML for such blocks is to use the Code application to build the blocks, then switch to the XML tab and copy the result. The x, y, and id properties are ignored by the toolbox and may be stripped out.

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Make this construction in Blockly and click on the XML tab. Copy the code and remove what you do not need (ie <xml..  and id=…)

<xml xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml”&gt;
<block type=”variables_set” id=”iQz3^l@i,IH*(wL%WiM@” x=”38″ y=”113″   >
<field name=”VAR”>colour_field</field>
<value name=”VALUE”>
<block type=”lists_create_with” id=”*!mKDzWmW4W45iZVQoTB”    >
<mutation items=”3″></mutation>
<value name=”ADD0″>…..

you should have something like this (below)  and ADD this to your index.html

<category name=”my_own_custom_block” colour=”202″>
<block type=”variables_set”>
<field name=”VAR”>colour_field</field>
<value name=”VALUE”>
<block type=”lists_create_with”>
<mutation items=”3″></mutation>
<value name=”ADD0″>
<block type=”colour_picker”>
<field name=”COLOUR”>#ff0000</field>
</block>
</value>
<value name=”ADD1″>
<block type=”colour_picker”>
<field name=”COLOUR”>#ff0000</field>
</block>
</value>
<value name=”ADD2″>
<block type=”colour_picker”>
<field name=”COLOUR”>#ff0000</field>
</block>
</value>
</block>
</value>
</block>
</category>

Run the new index in your browser and see the new custom block.


Work shopping through an example:

goal: blockly spits out a Python code to use <set_pixel> with the SenseHat

definition: Sets an individual LED matrix pixel at the specified X-Y coordinate to the specified colour.

from sense_hat import SenseHat
sense = SenseHat()
# examples using (x, y, r, g, b)
sense.set_pixel(0, 0, 255, 0, 0)
sense.set_pixel(0, 7, 0, 255, 0)
sense.set_pixel(7, 0, 0, 0, 255)
sense.set_pixel(7, 7, 255, 0, 255)

https://pythonhosted.org/sense-hat/api/

1) getting value inputs

we need x, y and a colour
lets set up a block using blockly factory

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This block allows for an x, y and colour input. Click on the image to open blocky factory.

JavaScript for the  SHat_LED.js file

copy the Language code and paste it  into your JavaScript file. (SHat_LED.js)
///////////_pixel////
////////////////////

Blockly.Blocks['_pixel'] = {
  init: function() {
    this.appendValueInput("x")
        .setCheck(null)
        .appendField("pixel")
        .appendField("X");
    this.appendValueInput("y")
        .setCheck(null)
        .appendField("Y");
    this.appendDummyInput()
        .appendField(new Blockly.FieldColour("#000000"), "colour");
    this.setOutput(true, null);
    this.setColour(330);
    this.setTooltip('specified X-Y coordinate (0-7) 
    to the specified colour (HEX)');
    this.setHelpUrl('http://www.example.com/');
  }
};

now add  <block type=”_pixel”></block> into the index.html

06

remember?

Your toolbox will now have _pixel, and your javascript can reproduce the custom block.

Extra fine tuning:
remember the pre-assembled block?
Use the maths tool to pre-insert the number  blocks, insert the XML into the index.html

generator

The Python generator ‘writes’ a bit of Python code using  java-script. We need x, y, r, g, b
Set the generator to Python, copy and past the script under your previous entry in the SHat_LED.js file

////////PYTHON///
////////_pixel//////
////////////////////

Blockly.Python['_pixel'] = function(block) {
  var value_x = Blockly.Python.valueToCode(block, 'x', 
  Blockly.Python.ORDER_ATOMIC);
  var value_y = Blockly.Python.valueToCode(block, 'y', 
  Blockly.Python.ORDER_ATOMIC);
  var colour_colour = block.getFieldValue('colour');
  // TODO: Assemble Python into code variable.
  var code = '...';
  // TODO: Change ORDER_NONE to the correct strength.
  return [code, Blockly.Python.ORDER_NONE];
};

change var code = value_x + ‘,’ + value_y + ‘,’ + colour_colour;
this will result in (example)   = 1,4,#123456

opps.. and needed  x, y, r,g,b.… lets convert the colour_colour into RGB with a function

add the function to the top of your script

///// convert a hexidecimal color string to 0..255 R,G,B
function HexToR(h) {return parseInt((cutHex(h)).substring(0,2),16)}
function HexToG(h) {return parseInt((cutHex(h)).substring(2,4),16)}
function HexToB(h) {return parseInt((cutHex(h)).substring(4,6),16)}
function cutHex(h) {return (h.charAt(0)==”#”) ? h.substring(1,7):h}
/////////////////////

and change the var code to

var code = value_x + ‘,’ + value_y+ ‘,’ + HexToR(colour_colour) + ‘,’ + HexToG(colour_colour) + ‘,’ + HexToB(colour_colour);
return code;

2 ) Make a new block  ‘set_pixel’

our goal (in Python):

from sense_hat import SenseHat
sense = SenseHat()

sense.set_pixel(..       …)

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follow the link to blockly factory

remember:

  1. adjust your index.html by adding <block type=”set_pixel “></block>
  2. copy the Language code javascript code and the Generator stub code (Python) to SHat_LED.js.
Blockly.Python['set_pixel'] = function(block) {
  var value__pixel = Blockly.Python.valueToCode(block, '_pixel', Blockly.Python.ORDER_ATOMIC);
  // TODO: Assemble Python into code variable.
  var code = '...\n';
  return code;
};

 

change var code = ‘sense.set_pixel(‘ + value_set_led_field + ‘) # (x,y,r,g,b) \n’;
Blockly.Python.definitions_[‘sensehat’] = ‘from sense_hat import SenseHat\nsense = SenseHat()\n’;
// the previous line will import SenseHat once (very handy)
return code;

More on  create you own custom blocks:
https://developers.google.com/blockly/guides/create-custom-blocks/

at tip: save your blocks by coping the XML in a text file, then at a later moment you can load your bloacks by pasting the XML in the XML tab.

 

if you are intrested in the code head over to: https://github.com/niceprogram/blocky_raspberry_pi_sensehat

Active learning

writing

[Future projection 2024 ] Sarah walks out of the FAB-lab, she has just had an prosthetic replacement hip printed on a 3d printer. It is her own design and her final assignment for the Institute for prosthesis and orthesen. The Fab lab is situated in 34 countries and the small workshops provide a high-tech computerised tools ‘to make just about anything’. For Sarah the concept of the Fab-lab is not new. 10 years earlier in primary school her brothers introduced her to the local open art studio. Volunteers helped small groups of kids materialize their own creations. The basic tools where provided for; paper, pencils, scissors, glue, clay, saws, hammers, screwdrivers, sandpaper and varnish. The volunteers instructed the children how to use the tools safely and correctly, and would coach/guide them in their project.
My brothers would conjure up all sorts of invention,’ Sarah recalls, ‘some times we would sit up all night watching YouTube clips on how to make plastic rockets. As long as you had an idea and a drive the volunteers could guide you along. Of coarse we did all the work our self. Sometimes we would have a retired carpenter, a local artist or I remember a banker that was an expert on model making. At home we did not have the art supplies, the space nor the tools, but at the open studio we materialized our fantasy. In fact we made all our own toys.’

gas_regulator Painting: Oil on Canvas.

gas_regulator Painting: Oil on Canvas.


assessment

The Open Studio for children provides an environment where children can work on their creative(art) talents.
or the problem: [Develop a system and/or place where children can evolve their creative(art) talents]

There are 3 main reasons having a Open Studio for children.
·         Encourage the creative driving force by helping the creator to create.
·         10.000 hours (Malcom Gladwell  decribles in Outliers http://gladwell.com/outliers/  how talent surfaces with hours of practice).
·         Participation of the children and adults.

Clients: Children, volunteers and sponsors.
Time and Money: the pilot project for the duration of 3months can be run on current resources. After an evaluation we will need to look for sponsors to finance the coordination of the project.
Expertise: from the coordination and volunteers.