Friday 24 April 2015

Somewhere Someone Thought

Picture from Surprise Twins Mommy 
Yes indeed, the My Little Pony Babies were a success since they were introduced in 1983. They developed their own specific branch of merchandise since 1984 when the Baby Buggy was released and many other specific items followed. But nobody knew what a pregnant My Little Pony looked like. It was something the fantasy mind solved by itself. Until somewhere in the Hasbro Universe someone thought it would be a good idea to get this Pony materialized. And hence the Surprise Twins Mommy arrived on the stage! Her symbol is a white stork carrying a baby in a white sheet. The pose is unique, Hasbro has only applied it to this specific item. They also put a white collar around hear neck with a yellow ribbon and same colored heart. When you press the heart Mommy's belly opens and the twins fall out. Was it a success? I'm not convinced because the babies are so tiny that children would overlook them very easily and the set would be incomplete. So these days the Surprise Twins Mommy is a rare item. She appears on auction sites maybe once a year only and is easily sold voor 350,- Dollars or more. Still for me it is one freaky Pony! That I would love to add to the collection. Maybe in another month or so....

Thursday 12 March 2015

I Give You A Taste

First experimental stills from a new video in making.
Holding back ideas and putting them aside can only last a certain period of time. They rise again and pup up in all sorts of ways demanding to be explored. So today I finally started the first experiments on my bubble thin project concerning money. Scouting for locations in my studio and living room didn't live up when I suddenly realized to keep it simple. The sink! Okay, the eventual sink might be porcelain or even granite but for now the stainless steel works. While busy recording my main concentration was on the visual part but looking back and hearing the sound of the paper making its brisk, delicate sounds was something I did not expect to make such a impact! There is more to be unveiled...

Monday 2 March 2015

To Please Or To Educate

With the use of 3 basic colors a cohesive theme provides
 a sparkle without becoming messy.
Now that 2015 is firmly underway it's good to look back at the darker days of last year. The Holiday season is a strange sort of time. It's hard to imagine when the sun is returning and Spring is arriving, that we go through such a great deal of effort to create a special intimate setting in our homes and gardens. New Years Eve is the highlight ceremony of all the festivities, so I would like to go the extra mile for this event. A themed Winter Wonderland Ball invitation was send out, describing not only the formal information but also telling a little made up story about King Frost and his Ice Queen. There was a strict dresscode to enhance the feeling of a wonderland setting. The arriving guests were very creative with their outfits, from wireless lights sewn into hairpieces to snowflake make-up. It all looked shimmery and icy! The Beverage table got the 'American Treatment' for these elaborate tables are very uncommon in the Netherlands. 

Beverage table in full service at the beginning of the evening.
Fairy lights and organza pieces created a atmospheric wall, topped with vintage paper guirlandes, pom poms and home made 'Happy New Year' banners. There was enough space on the table for clusters of snacks, drinks and napkins. Selfmade water labels for bottles are easily printed out and glued on. They might be overlooked because they fit in so nicely with the rest. But those are the gems. Things that people take for granted and seem to be effortless, are the ones I might twist my head up for. In the end it was good to see that all bottles were used and some even went home with our guests as a souvenir! The special Blue Curacoa Punch as welcome cocktail went down smoothly and created an instant buzz around the party goers. Because what makes the drink blue and why is it so sweet?

Bottles with DYO labels
And before you know the party is well underway and people are singing and dancing like the clock already struck 12! It all reminded me of the great Salon area where people gathered under the roof of an inspiring host. Just like the Salons hosted by Gertrude Stein where Pablo Picasso and other twentieth-century luminaries like Alice B. Tolas gathered to enjoy refine taste, poetry and art either to please or to educate themselves. Or it might have been a court masquerade because the outfits were extravagant and there were lot's of masks, feathers and furs. Along with starry blazers and shimmering dresses. Either way the music, the setting, the themed decorations and the energy of the guests made it an evening we all will be remembering for quite some time. Making the first hours of 2015 a blast.


Friday 2 May 2014

3 Blessed Virgin paintings

3 Maria's are ready for Bewust Breda exposition at StadsGalerij

The 3 Blessed Virgin paintings are a reminder of motherly spirituality we have lost. There are many examples how we have honored our Mother Earth, Venus figurines or Mother Mary in the past. This happened way before the Church told us stories of male superiority in Biblical stories. The 3 Blessed Virgins are like a trinity, each with their own character and energie. The are on exhibit in Breda from 2-11 may at StadsGalerij Breda.

Sunday 8 September 2013

A Intertwined Moment

Cooking, knitting, painting and other handicrafts depend on the dexterity displayed by a person. In doing so our hands and mind blend together to create something we desire. There is a big trend in society for the HOME MADE; where people revalue craftsmanship. Not only in traditional ways but also in the hyper industry of droids, lasers and 3d-printers. The latter one adapting the beauty of the handmade reinforced by a machine. We can now print and select our preferences to multiple objects. Whether we add a name to a postcard and print it out, or we use a template to design our favorite shoes or decide what applications we want on our smartphone. We can alter the objects in our environment  in a complete new way. To work with materials, to feel their structure; to have hands that express with precise fingers, all those hours of devotion. It's all focused energy in a process of creation.

Just like craftsmanship; a dimension of capacity, skill and touch, the world of Fetishism is a parallel universe. The important relationship between ourselves and the objects around us are visible everywhere. We connect so much to the material world that our place of refuge (our home), our way of transportation (car, train, bike), our way of clothing (new, second hand, haute couture), even the way how we communicate (email, text message, letters); everything is drenched in the way we relate to them. 'These shoes hurt so much but I must wear them" is a perfect example. How tied are we to these objects? How do we suffer under their fabric? Why do we need one thing and find another not interesting at all? The feelings they provide have become sensations. It seems like a new kind of voodoo, shamanism or occult is among us. And it's not just our surroundings we put on display; even our skin is a subject of expression. Tattoo art is everywhere and we elaborate our bodies with piercings and studs like never before. While we make a choice in what suits us best, they are busy deepening our relationship to a personal level. The object has become a fetish. We identify so much with a brand that we think it's part of who we are! Its tactility to provide a state of comfort or a state of exhilaration. Feathers, leather, spikes, fur and nails are added to clothes and design to arouse the senses. In contrast our connection with electrical devices have evolved to the invention of the touchscreen and inventions such as voice control. On this level it seems that even though the element of touch seems new to these devices, the freedom of touch is very limited. We hardly use more then one finger!

The Pony Performance combines the addressed subjects with refreshing elements from a landscape. Giving the viewer at first, a feast of colors, shapes and symbols to assimilate. From within the white and round stage we hear distant but menacing music. Once a My Little Pony item is selected, it's picked out of its toy herd to be examined, stroked, touched and sometimes even kissed. This takes place under the highest state of precision and care. Making it a very intimate sensation. Viewers fall silent as their behavior all of a sudden, stands out in relation to whats going on on stage and to one another. The horses are light and breezy, but being with so many (236 unique items at this stage) raises questions about their toy purpose and transmits a inward sensation. Making the viewer a voyeur. As if they are observing something that is hidden, from another time and space. For do we allow a grown up, bearded man to play with teenage girl toys? And is he engaged in role-playing as children do to examine their relationship with their surroundings or is he doing something completely different? Are they even toys?
The 90 minute duration of the Pony Performance might look like a endurance test for both the viewer and performer. But something rewarding and absurd is waiting at the end of the experience.

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Urban Explores Festival 2013

"We leave something of ourselves behind
when we leave a place, we stay there, even though
we go away. And there are things in us that we can find
again only by going back there."

-Paul Mercier-

Friday 3 May 2013

This Is Not

Television is not the truth! Television is a Goddamned amusement park! Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, side-show freaks, lion tamers and football players. We're in the boredom-killing business! So if you want the truth... Go to God! Go to your gurus! Go to yourselves! Because that's the only place you're ever going to find any real truth. But you people sit there, day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds... We're all you know. You're beginning to believe the illusions we're spinning here. You're beginning to think that the tube is reality, and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you! You dress like the tube, you eat like the tube, you raise your children like the tube, you even -think- like the tube! This is mass madness, you maniacs! In God's name, you people are the real thing! 'WE' are the illusion!

This Is Not 1-4
Digital Collage

Saturday 23 February 2013

Sunday 27 January 2013

The Place To Be

Bison sculpture at Cartesius lyceum Amsterdam was one of the Graduation works
for my BFA at Gerrit Rietveld 2012

Saturday 19 January 2013

When Are You Gonna Love Yourself ?

There is a secret visual langue that slowly sheds off its camouflage to reveal its presence. A brave new generation of film makers rises to tell different stories about the GBLT* community. We might still end up dead in the end or use great amounts of drugs, these clichés are still current but fortunately movie characters have (recently) developed to a much larger emotional scale than we've ever seen before. They don't wear high heels and don't die of AIDS all the time. For me that change came apparent with Jonah Markowitz's brilliant movie SHELTER.  A great surf movie about love, honor and commitment. Where it feels like the main characters incidentally are gay or dealing with their feelings towards a person of the same sex. Movies like WEEKEND (2011) and Keep The Lights On (2012) derive from that level and present to us a whole new intimacy between men. They fall in love, struggle, deal with their families and friends and fight. They both made a huge impact on me and I'm sure that no matter what your sexual preference is, they'll find a way to your heart and place something of impeccable value there. ENJOY

*abbreviation for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender community

A new age in cinema with the arrival of Keep The Lights On and WEEKEND
'Straight people like us as long as we conform to their set of rules. Why don't we shove it down their throats because they shove it down our throats all the time, being straight....straight story lines, everywhere, in books, on billboards, magazines, everywhere! But no we mustn't upset the straights. Shhhhh watch out, the straights are coming. Let's not upset them, let's hide in our little ghettos, let's not hold hands, let's not kiss in the street, no.' 


Thursday 10 January 2013

Show Me Your Teeth

You appeared suddenly, soaring the sky screeching of hell and fire. Burning so bright that you'd left traces in the waters below.  Life fell silent. Observing the fierce energy you transmitted. Clouds took refuge. The heavens turned purple. I went back to the spot I saw you yesterday. But you were nowhere to be seen. Wild things shouldn't be tamed but savored for as long as they last.

Wednesday 9 January 2013

It Will Make You Strong

No Title
Conté Crayons drawing on paper
52x36cm 2013
Disagreement is a rich source to bounce off new ideas. It's a force that cannot be contained nor grasped. The collision turns around old habits and thoughts, creating space for new things to arise. A opportunity to make visible what is essential. The storm is temporarily, almost like a side effect. Do not pay to much attention to it. The consequences on the other hand may last for a longer period of time.  And with every rearrangement we change, alter and learn. And even though I agree that peace and harmony are excellent states of being, I also state the importance of conflict and disagreement. Once we take in account the fact that we hardly understand life on this planet nor our purpose on it, we can look at our relationships with that same layer of ignorance. Do we not all believe in the 'Happily Ever After' syndrome and everything that deviates from that storyboard is in one way or another frowned upon. But if you (like i do) believe that life is eternal, there is no such thing as death; we come and we go. Our lives are like the flapping wings of a butterfly; moving air, space and time. 

Death is only a door. One closes and another opens * 
*Quote Sonmi-451 Cloud Atlas

That's all there is to it. You'll be surprised that whatever the outcome of your life will be, it's actually all GOOD! No matter what you've done, there is only love and the absence of love. Which is to say there is only love. Even in its absence, what is absence but something that might be present but what we just don't perceive at a particular moment? 

No Title
Conté Crayons drawing op paper 36x52cm 2013
Take these new drawings I've finished yesterday. They are the first works after my period at the Rietveld. So there is no interference by teachers, no feedback by students. But they do find their kick-start from a disagreeing energy. A confrontation that was in the making for weeks! And when it got addressed it exploded into my creativity. It might not make the people happy who are at the centre of this conflict but sometimes mud must be flown. So it can settle down again in different proportions. So we know all is good and full of love.