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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
As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013
Rijksakademie Open 2012
Documentation, ‘Causa Finalis’, painted steel frames, glass removed from windows, galvanised tubular steel topiary formworks, (frames 2.5m by 1m), (formworks 1.7m by 1.8m by2m, 1.4m by 1.6m by 2.4m, 1.4m by 1.4m by 2.5m), 2013

What kind of ‘image’ of nature is it that surrounds us in our contemporary urban environment? What does the pattern on you’re bed spread tell you about utopian ideals? What does the landscaping of your local recreation area tell you about a Constitution? How can we approach the intersection of an understanding and appreciation of the representational history of landscape, and a desire to keep making and looking?

For my second open studios at the Rijksakademie I decided to use the studio as a kind of viewing platform; to remove the glass from the windows and place sculptures on the lawn below. A gesture of bringing the outside in, but at the same time an invitation to go the windows and look beyond.

The second part of the installation is a set window bars like the ones you would have to stop people from being able to enter the building at night. Their design, like that of the topiary formwork sculptures beyond the windows, mirroring the forms of the trees at Earlshall.

The topiary formworks are designed after three tress in Earlshall castle, Scotland. The original trees were designed and planted in 1893. These unique trees could be considered a very early, perhaps visionary, example of abstraction. Their design more indicative of abstract sculpture from the first half of the 20th century than classical topiary. This abstract reflection on such a concrete subject, the tree, I find a pertinent example of how we could with more nuance reflect upon the type of ‘nature’ we are constructing. The sculptures I created are formworks and therefore, given enough time with a tree planted inside and annually maintained, create a replica of the trees of Earlshall. I have been distilling the formal language of the trees at Earlshall down into a kind of alphabet, which I used when creating the window bars. During the day while the show is on, the window bars lean against the back wall of the studio opposite the windows. During the night while the exhibition is closed the bars hang in the windows illumated by façade lighting.

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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