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wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands current
poster club Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
The Society Machine Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo 2016
Static Gravity Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2016
Crossing Borders Expanding Frontiers ramfoundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
As the lake said to the boat Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees Marabouparken konsthall, Sunsbyberg, Sweden 2015
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain CCA Derry~Londonderry, Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall 2015
Belief and Productivity: A Play in the Forest O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam current
The Non Urban Garden: tuinen van de 21e eeuw Afdh & Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014 iaspis, Stockholm 2014
The Distracted Gardener & The Plumbing Subverter Yeo Workshop, Singapore 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings Kunstraum, London 2013
25 Years Rotterdam City Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2013
Here is always somewhere else Forum Triangulare, Oud-Rekem, Belgium 2013
Abilities Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2013
Lost & Found at the Flügelbus Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2013
causa finalis Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, (Carpets, 1.7m by 2.7m)(Gates, 6.6m by 1.55m & 4,3m by 1,3m & 2.3m by 2.2m & 4.2m by 1.1m)(Cushions, 50cm by 50cm), 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet, 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 2.3m by 2.2m, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet, 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 2.3m by 2.2m, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, gate 4.2m by 1.1m, cushions, 50cm by 50cm, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, gate 4.2m by 1.1m, cushions, 50cm by 50cm, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, carpet 1.7m by 2.7m, gate 4,3m by 1,3m, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, gate 6.6m by 1.55m, cushion 50cm by 50cm, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, gate 6.6m by 1.55m, cushion 50cm by 50cm, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, Cushions 50cm by 50cm, 2012
causa finalis
Documentation, ‘causa finalis’, painted steel gates, digitally printed carpets, screen printed cushions, (Carpets, 1.7m by 2.7m)(Gates, 6.6m by 1.55m & 4,3m by 1,3m & 2.3m by 2.2m & 4.2m by 1.1m)(Cushions, 50cm by 50cm), 2012

‘Causa Finalis’, 2012 consist of steel constructions – gates or parts of gates in different sizes and shapes – leaning against the wall, resting on cushions, lying on the floor, and standing on top of carpets: a temporary repository. On the one hand the structures’ forms might resemble minimalist sculpture, yet their decorative counterparts found in the textiles’ prints, give way to a different reading. Through a process of abstraction and translation, I derived these forms from the eighteenth century topiary garden designed by the Scottish architect Robert Lorimer (1864-1929) for Earlshall Castle in Scotland. At first sight, one could imagine topiary – the cutting and shaping of ever greens into specific forms – to have gone out of fashion a long time ago, as one of the carpets perhaps indicates: in 1713, with his satirical enumeration of possible topiary, English poet Alexander Pope (1688-1744), announced a turning point in the then popular topiary. With his mock inventory: ‘The Tower of Babel, not yet finished’; ‘St George in box; his arm scarce long enough, but will be in condition to stick the dragon by next April’, he heralded a more natural form of landscaping to come into fashion, only for topiary to come back into fashion again with the Cottage Garden and the Arts and Crafts Movement, advocated a.o. by Lorimer.

text, Laurie Cluitmans

Recently the art of topiary seems increasing pertinent a discipline to me. Especially in today’s media driven society in which perception increasingly becomes fragmented and truncated, there are two aspects in topiary, which assume antagonistic qualities. Firstly its time, it could take up to 30 years to become fully formed. Secondly its dedication and focus. By working with Topiary I deliberately try to posit the idea that an artwork needs not be about the immediate, the now, or the spectacular. This being the case then art does not have to be constantly in need of attention or appeal to be looked at and thus is free to speak in different tones or at moments even not at all. All of which frees art from the romantic pressure to provide the escape from the deadlock of the systems in which we live and allows it to speak in its own voice.

This exhibition was supported with a development budget from the Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst

GALERIE FONS WELTERS

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As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
The research and destroy department of the Black Mountain College W139, Amsterdam 2012
We are rolling galerie-j, Geneva 2012
There was a Country where They were all Thieves Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2012
Secret Gardens TENT, Rotterda, 2012
FlowerCASTLE Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation, Lisse 2011
Rijksakademie Open 2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2011
a green thought, in a green shade Art Amsterdam MK Gallery 2011
Prix de Rome 2011 Smart project space, Amsterdam 2011
Borderline Picturesque & the Recounting Prospect Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway 2010
New Graffiti, Old Revolutions MK gallery, Rotterdam 2010
A group show Croxhapox, Ghent 2010
Done to a dead end & the dead or alive sale SD&G, Rotterdam 2010
Edward Clydesdale Thomson SECONDroom, Brussels 2009
A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista 4th Issue NOWISWERE, Contemporary Art Magazine, London 2009
Open Office for Words ADA, Rotterdam 2009
Imaginary Cinema - Discussion WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Impromptu Affairs DEK 22, Rotterdam 2009
Selbstzweck Private Collection 2008
Residency at Kysten Tromsø Kysten Tromsø 2008
Small Talk with the Janitor Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show Tent, Rotterdamt 2008
Just what is it that makes that thing so different, so appealing? Expodium, Utrecht 2008
Observing Construction NEST, Netherlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) Rotterdam 2007
This is how it must feel to be there Pakhuismeesteren, Rotterdam 2007