23 Nov - 26 Nov 2017
Warsteiner will be supporting thirsty creatives (and you!) during our festive Gallery Night on Friday 24th Nov. Grab a beer at any of our participating galleries - if you want the real deal take this Warsteiner Gallery Route. Warsteiner has hand-picked 5 cutting edge galleries spread throughout the city.
Tip: Did you know that on each day of the Amsterdam Art Weekend the galleries will also host special events? See eye-opening performances, talk to your favorite artist or join a karaoke session - expect to be surprised! Please see the Amsterdam Art Weekend program booklet for an overview of all the special gallery events.
Image: Gallery Night, Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam Art Weekend 2016. Photo: Maarten Nauw
‘Storage for distorted matter’ is a long-term project, begun in 2008 by Loek Grootjans (The Netherlands, 1955). It archives everything the artist leaves behind mentally and physically: his art, and everything associated with him and his world. He ‘records’ life, but confronts us with the impossibility of succeeding in this.
Grootjans has collected almost everything: his own feces, impossible masterpieces of the twenty-first century, light that Piet Mondriaan first saw when he arrived in Domburg. For ‘Vincent’s Asylum revisited’, the artist focused on gathering many different attributes connected to Vincent van Gogh.
Otto Berchem (United States, 1967) presents a series of works exploring his continued interest in history, poetry, signs, codes, and language. Inspired by the condition of synesthesia, he uses color to reveal the aesthetic connotations of past revolutionary moments.
In May 2014 the Glasgow School of Art, the masterpiece of architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, was badly damaged by fire. Ross Birrell (United Kingdom, 1969) dedicated his film ‘A Beautiful Living Thing’ to the destruction of the library, considered to be the jewel of Mackintosh’s work.
Brooklyn-based artist Jay Miriam (United States, 1990) paints pictures of everyday people in everyday situations, exploring the tension between faithful representation from memory and the transformative act of painting. In her third solo exhibition at Ornis A. Gallery, she presents a secret theater of sometimes willingly ignored questions: What is consciousness? Is it a figment of the imagination, a way to define and rationalize our relationships, or a sense of self and selflessness?
The exhibition, showcasing recent paintings by Mathieu Cherkit (France, 1982), is the artist’s first solo show in the Netherlands. Cherkit lives and works in Saint-Cloud, a suburb of Paris. The subject of his multilayered oil paintings is his grandparents’ house, where he lives with his wife and son. The result is an intimate look at his environment, translating his everyday life onto the canvas.
‘swashbuckling’ features a newly developed installation by the artists Florian and Michael Quistrebert (France, 1982 & 1976), in which the sound work ‘Not Remain’ by Sophie Serber (United States, 1993) is audible. During Gallery Night on Friday 24 November a performance program organized in collaboration with Vleeshal (Middelburg) takes place, with performances by Astrit Ismaili (Kosovo, 1991) and Freddie Mercado (Puerto Rico, 1967).