Squares 2018 CICA Museum

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Exhibition 23 November – 9 December

CICA Museum
196-30, Samdo-ro, Yangchon-eup
Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
http://www.cicamuseum.com

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1st Biennale Larnaca

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The 1st Biennale Larnaca will take place from
the 17th of October until the 30th of November 2018
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Mooring_and_Grounding_point a large 2 x 2 meter paintings will travel to Cyprus this autumn.

Biennale Larnaca 2018 concept : Container and Content.

The theme for the Biennale is “Container-Content”. I am very intrigued by the dynamics between these two roles, particularly their capacity to coexist in a dependence relation and at the same time alternate within an eternal vicious circle. It is a situation that pertains directly to the problem of defining space, and is therefore relevant at a time when spatial boundaries are being called into question as never before. At first thought, the content is always dependent on the container, without which it would be virtually impossible for it to exist. Still, very soon one realizes that as the content needs the container, so too the container needs the content just as much: without it, it would be empty, therefore useless. The apparently one-way relation becomes reciprocal. Man himself is a vessel replete with imagination, thoughts, memories, connotations and feelings. Without the “human” vessel, none of these would have been able to exist. And yet, a man deprived of the properties that make up his content would by extension be an empty man; so much so, that the characterization “human” would be called into question. Which one is worse? To not exist or to have no reason to exist? This is the tormenting and as yet unanswered question of a reciprocal relation that reads the same backwards as forwards like a palindrome. But the paradox does not end here. By changing the spatial scale, container and content alternate roles. The drinking glass considers itself a container for water but it forgets that at the same time it too is the content of a larger container, namely the room. Water considers itself merely the content of the glass whilst ignoring that on a smaller scale it too is a container for all the elements and ingredients included in its chemical composition. In other words, as space grows bigger, new and larger vessels are being created; and the deeper we immerse ourselves into the microcosm of space the more contents we discover. An apt analogy would be the Matryoshka, the Russian nesting doll, where each separate doll serves as content for the larger and as container for the smaller one. Man’s defining phases, Birth, Eros and Death, go through this specific binary. Childbirth corresponds to a container-content relation, just like the subsequent relation between mother and child. Death, especially burial, behaves in exactly the same way. There is no burial ritual across any civilization through time that escapes the container-content relation. Body and soul; the casket; and, eventually, the tragic cavity of the grave. Between them, Eros. Two individuals holding each other in embrace alternate between the roles of container and content. So what is the world’s driving force other than one’s need to constantly become filled with the other? There’s a poem by M. Ganas from the collection “The small ones” that keeps coming back to my mind – perhaps because I haven’t been able to find a more succinct and beautiful way to describe the amorous relation between container and content:

You are sleepless sea on the globe of my palm. You breathe and fill me up.

Translated from the Greek by Despina Pirketti

unexposed

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

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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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What’s Right About The Wrong Biennale?

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.

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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.’

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detail of an oil painting (K_Van)

Pyeongchang Biennale 2017

The Nameless and Unknown.

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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

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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

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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.

 

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Presentation under the Heroes Square, Limassol Cyprus

 

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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

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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.