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Going Dutch

Exhibition  /  13 Jan 2011  -  05 Feb 2011
Published: 14.01.2011
Flow Gallery
Management:
Yvonna Demczynska
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Intro
This exhibition looks at makers and designers using materials in an exciting and subversive way. Giving the objects they produce playfulness and originality typical to Dutch design.
This exhibition looks at makers and designers using materials in an exciting and subversive way. Giving the objects they produce playfulness and originality typical to Dutch design.

This exhibition is co curated by Marjan Unger. 

Remarks

Jochem de Wit is inspired by the urban environment. He is drawn to the chaotic and random nature of materials rather than cleanliness or newness, seeing flaws in objects as a positive, believing a scratch on an object is a sign of life.

Marian Bijlenga is fascinated by dots, lines and contours, by their rhythmical movements but also by the empty space they confine. Instead of drawing on paper, Bijlenga draws in space using textiles as the material. It becomes she calls a "spatial drawing. " Bijlenga creates innovative wall based installations with unusual mater i a l , such as horsehair.

Margo Slingerland plays upon the ritual of the tea party. Slingerland subver ts the tradition of the decorative ceramic material to create a non-functional paper tea set, pushing the tea set from the functional to the purely decorative. The pieces are adorned with animals and textiles reminiscent of a childhood fantasy, mixing the old with the new, the familiar with the unusual.

Aldo Bakker believes physical objects possess and evoke emotions in the user. His work creates the feeling of "endlessness" or "eternity". Following this theme Aldo also adopts the ancient Japanese technique of Urushi or lacquer varnishing in his work.

Terhi Tolvanen explores the relationship between man and nature; the dialogue between control and freedom. Tolvanen is fascinated by the human inter ference in nature; the traces that are left behind by the organizing or controlling of nature. Nature "fights back", i t keeps on growing and changing. This unpredictable power of life is a source of inspiration. 

Beppe Kessler enjoys expressing her feelings and thoughts through her jewellery which she describes as "little sculptures to wear". Each piece asks to be touched and often tells a story through its title and composition.

Debbie Wijskamp is inspired by the everyday objects and materials that we are surrounded by. Wijskamp pushes the boundaries of old materials to create new possibilities for objects like furniture and interior products.


On the 12th of January for the opening of the show Marjan Unger will be in conversation with the artists.
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