Jeroen Allart (1970 Rotterdam) studied at the Graphic Lyceum Rotterdam, the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam and the Rijksakademie Amsterdam.
Characteristic of his paintings, panels and images are bright, romantic representations of mills, cowboys, ships, birds, dogs, cats and landscapes.
In his total flat acrylic paintings, where paint and canvas only serve as a color carrier and designer, Allart gives expression to a caricatured realism. Spectacular because of his gifted style of painting and consistent visual language.
His figurative imagery refers not so much to the tangible reality, but rather to an artificial reality. His reality is visionary, fully constructed, manipulated and artificially and is far removed from the 'ordinary reality'.
V&B (Alex Jacobs and Ellemieke Schoenmaker) is an artist duo founded in 2007 in Los Angeles. In their paintings, sculptures and installations they often comment on the (art)world in a self portraying ironic way. Their work combines historic references with elements borrowed from the media and popular culture. Both impulsive inspiration and a critical interest reveal surprising combinations that invite the viewer to search for commonly missed relations.
V&B have won the Royal painting Prize in 2008 and were recently winners of The New Rembrandt, a dutch television show looking for talent.They have done solo- and group exhibitions at Het Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag, GrimMuseum Berlijn, TENT. Rotterdam, Galerie10 Utrecht, Mark Moore Gallery Los Angeles, ArtAmsterdam, Actionfields Brussel, ArtFair Keulen, ArtAthina Athene, KERS gallery Amsterdam, The Co-Prosperity Sphere Chicago and KNIPSU Bergen.
Jan van de Pavert
Jan van de Pavert (Zeist, 1960) makes sculptures, films, drawings and paintings. They all evolve around fictive spaces: buildings that do not exist, but are evoked in those films and drawings. Sometimes the buildings are decorated with murals.
March 2013 a design will be shown for a mural that spans 35 meter. It will probably be executed in glass in the new metro below the Centraal Station in Amsterdam. December 2012 - February 2013 there is an exhibition in Nürnberg with all the computer-animated films Jan made so far. Other exhibitions will follow in 2013 in Museum Van Abbe, Eindhoven and De Appel, Amsterdam.
Ties Ten Bosch
Ties Ten Bosch lives and works at the B.a.d foundation in the south of Rotterdam. As a visual artist he uses many different media to create his work, focussing on the quality of the imperfect side of (semi-) public domain from an architectural, social and political point of view. Through interventions, videos, installations, etc. he creates awareness with the viewer on the way the world around him is built and organized.
In the past and present Ties initiated and participated in collaborations like Volksrekorders and hOUTSKOOL artzine.
Observatorium - Public Art/ Place-making
Observatorium was founded in 1998 in Rotterdam by artists Geert van de Camp, Ruud Reutelingsperger and Andre Dekker. They seek to create sculptures and collaborations which give new meaning and use to environments, that are in transit. The artists and their local partners introduce new uses of public realm, using sculpture, architecture and participatory place making. Apart from sculpture and installations they also work on landscape parks of which two are realized in the Ruhr area: Halde Norddeutschland together with WES Landschaftsarchitekten from Hamburg and Zollverein Park together with Planergruppe Oberhausen.
Kamiel Verschuren is a conceptual interdisciplinary artist, working in a broad international practice with a special interest for the public domain in different positions; as drawer, (spatial) designer, designer of public space, organiser, initiator, social activist, observer, urban advisor, landscape architect, producer and publicist; co-founder of artist initiative foundation B.a.d (1989), Studio Pompstraat, Studio NL 01.08.04 (2004), Stedelinks010 foundation (2011), international project organisation ICUartprojects, member of the advisory board of TENT./CBK Rotterdam (2004), self-management organisation NAC foundation (2004) and board member of Freehouse (2011). He works individually and in collaboration with other artists and organization. Abroad he is active in several long term collaborations with FSKE-Studio Galeria, S-Air, La Source du Lion and Doual’art; in Budapest (2002-2005), Sapporo (since 2004), Casablanca (2003-2006) and Douala (since 2007).
Efrat Zehavi (1974 Haifa) is a sculptress, filmmaker and performance artist. The core of her artwork is always based on narration, often with an allegorical implication. In her work she blends personal experiences, family stories, biblical figures, mythologies, fairy-tails and news-items into one classification system called: The Museum of Subjective Science.
In this imaginary system the artist functions simultaneously as the researcher and the subject for research itself. The intention of this system functions as 'X-ray' of the artists' soul. Merciless she aims to unmask the psychological motives and the primary instincts that hide under the surface of 'normal' behavior.
Remty Elenga (1987) recently graduated from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, were she studied fine arts. In her work she researches the visual language of representation, where and what for we use representation and how this is integrated in our everyday life. Depictions are no longer attached to their physical presence and are free to travel from place to place, finding themselves in both physical and non-physical conditions. Elenga tends to explore these different layers of reality, searching for contradictions within time and space, the visible and the invisible, between what is real and what is not.
Boo van der Vlist
Boo van der Vlist (1990) is an artist who studies political science in Amsterdam. This background gives her the inspiration, yet also the tools to operate as an artist. She reacts on social relevant issues and does this in multiple ways; from interventions in public space to becoming part of an organisation as Rijkswaterstaat. Power and participation play a central role in her work. She plays with these elements and strategically uses it in interventions or as subject of her work.
Hester Scheurwater (1971) studied monumental art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. Under the guise of self-portraits, she investigates and critiques the role of woman as a sex object. Photographs of herself posing before a mirror reflects both Scheurwater's inner thoughts and outward appearance. "The mirrored self-images are my way of reacting on the imitated and fake media images, which are constantly calling upon our imagination, without intending to be taken too seriously, " she explains. " I try to deconstruct this call's effect with my reactions by switching the 'subject-object' relationship, without being victimised by it." Scheurwater's work is sexually explicit, and therefore well known. Scheurwater also teaches video art at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague.
Desiree de Baar
Spaces fascinate Desiree de Baar. These can be lived-in rooms in a house or building, but also specific, tough, masculine rooms such as a prison cell or an observation post. She wants to make these spaces her own. She does this by exaggerating some parts, details so ordinary they escape the notice of others, or by displacing the rooms to a gallery or museum where she transforms their character. Thereby she creates alienation. The viewer has to backtrack. His assumptions are thrown to the wind. His faded imagination is stirred.
The media Desiree de Baar uses are wallpaper, embroidery and knitting. Media that the viewer might not automatically associate with fine art. On the contrary. She complements them with drawings and sketches.
Lisa van Noorden
Lisa van Noorden runs a studio specialized in art applications for public and private spaces. The techniques she uses to create her artworks range from traditional techniques to interactive installations.
Besides working on commissioned art Lisa is very active as an artist. Her drawings are very accurate, precise and full of emotion.
For Wake Up In Art Lisa offers her spacious studio in the citycenter (the Chinatown of Rotterdam) and will happily show you the treasures that hide there.
During the evening she will join you for drinks to chitchat about Rotterdam, making art, politics, Dutch art and culture or just plain nonsense.
In his work Maurice Meewisse seeks to portray the hard working manual labourer. He looks for a heroic portrayal of man willing to sacrifice himself out of a necessity, the image of uncompromising strength. He removes this worker from history and present him as a mythical figure outside of time.
In this age of digital production and computer-engineered flawlessness, he tries to distillate a back-to-basics approach to manual labour, to take an aesthetic view on the physicality of work.
In the days before our current jobscope, which often consists of rather ephemeral tasks, work was physical and workers created tangible differences in their environments during their work days.
The Rotterdam artist Olaf Mooij (1958) has achieved particular fame with his car sculptures on display in public space. Almost everyone knows his Braincar, a car whose top has been transformed into a brainpan. During the day, the car drives through a neighbourhood, city or street, and in the evening it dreams of its day through video projections on the matt white brain surface. Since the early nineties, Mooij has looked to the street as a stage for his work... more to come!
The semi-collaborative performances with local communities are central to Hofman's work. For instance, see his work of a giant muskrat out of a wooden frame thatched with hay, the massive rabbit sculptured out of salvaged wood or his project in France with a giant rubber duck.
Florentijn Hofman is not an average gallery-exhibited artist. The world is a huge playground and he can choose just about any spot or material in which to display his installations. He obviously changes between performative (public) art and the domain of the sculpture with great joy and has a strong wish to amaze and make life a little more fun.
Her work essentially has two sides; an actively involved side (the audience's side) and a passive look on the world (registering). These two sides grow closer to each other, strive is to create a work in which aesthetic still image and active involvement of the audience come together.
Some of her works play with the social conventions and hierarchies of society, in a way that is both anarchistic and warm. The active involvement of the audience helps them to look at things differently and situates a research about the dynamics of social standards.
The urge to create an aesthetic image is more apparent in her photographic work, where she captures the feelings and contacts into a visual frame. In these works she looks for an image in which she can emphasize and expand her astonishments and fascinations, by directly visualizing them.
Dirk van Lieshout
Dirk van Lieshout (Deurne ,1973) makes installations, models, drawings, mobile studios and public works. His work is often strongly connected to the context of a place; the term site-specific and the concepts movement and performance characterize his work. Using these concepts he has built and continues to build installations and mobile studios around the world.
He recently showed his work in Xiamen, Beijing and Guanzhou (China) and did there several 'Tea performances'. In April 2013 there will be the opening of a new commissioned public sculpture he made for Hoofddorp.
Jeanne van Heeswijk
Jeanne van Heeswijk (1965, Schijndel) is a visual artist who creates contexts for interaction in public spaces. Her projects distinguish themselves through a strong social involvement. With her work, Van Heeswijk stimulates and develops cultural production and creates new public (meeting-) spaces or remodels existing ones. To achieve this, she often works closely with artists, designers, architects, software developers, governments and citizens. She regularly lectures on topics such as urban renewal, participation and cultural production.
Patrick Kruithof (1968) considers himself a multidisciplinary person. Educated as an industrial designer he is both entrepreneur, writer, photographer, adventurer and artist. He developed several concepts and products in which sustainability plays a major role and advised small and larger companies on making their products more endurable. Kruithof's research has been focused on useful applications for new sustainable materials. His products, stories and articles have been published in magazines, professional journals, newspapers and The Design Encyclopedia. His current business The Moment Company aims to stimulate sustainability awareness by creating and selling sustainable experiences.
"Ann Pettersson's photographs have intense, concentrated colours, sometimes dark and sometimes intangibly light. Occasionally it seems as though you are viewing a fragment of a dream, a visual residue. Pettersson's work can assume grand proportions, for instance when she photographs a vast, grey-blue sky, with white clouds stuttering in staccato. The clouds appear to be reproduced, but each one has its own outward appearance. This grand gesture - just capturing a sky is no simple matter - nonetheless remains beautiful and unassuming. That is a strange contradiction: the crowns of trees were created to be imposing. And when Pettersson portrays them they are just that, but without losing a human scale." writes Machteld Leij in Kunstbeeld # 2, 2011.
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The dichotomy between nature and industry, the organic and inorganic, is a fundamental aspect of Pim Palsgraaf's work. Palsgraaf's studio is found in Spaanse Polder, a desolate industrial area in the city of Rotterdam. This environment is integral to his art, as for him, it resonates both veneration and disdain.
In the "Multiscape" series, Palsgraaf examines the effects of architectural urban expansion through sculptural forms. The invasive qualities of this growth is apparent in his embedding of cityscapes into taxidermic animals. In this series, the often combative relationship between nature and culture is explored and even questioned by viewer as the tumorous city seems to overcome the animal and bring it to its knees.
In his related series of paintings, Palsgraaf's focuses on the perspective his sculptures cannot reach. In these clandestine interiors, the viewer discovers deserted rooms, damp corridors and ceilings in danger of sudden collapse. Revealing their decline, Palsgraaf's environments of men are slowly reclaimed by nature.
As a multidisciplinary artist Machyta is inspired by events in society. His own memories, experiences, visions and emotions also contribute to his creative input.
Machyta’s father, who has passed away, was a refugee from Equatorial Guinea. Machyta’s paintings often are a fierce charge against selfishness, violence, abuse of power and lack of love. At the same time they also portray tenderness, protection, empathy and compassion.
The last 10 years Machyta developed a technique he named ‘sculpting’ in which he prepares canvas or panels with mortar and pigments. After the mortar has dried out he carves in images with steel brushes, scrapers and metal pencils to create his strong relief paintings.