23 Nov - 26 Nov 2017
This route runs along the galleries located in the Jordaan district. Seize the chance to park your bike and take a walk around the neighbourhood. Stretch your legs and discover new streets by popping into different types of art exhibitions.
Elsa Tomkowiak (France, 1981) and Mary Sue (France, 1979) interpret the topography of The Merchant House as they sweep through its walls, floors, windows, ceilings and terraces – Tomkowiak in painting and Sue in video, sculpture and photo graphy. Mary Sue decks out her alter ego as a maid cleaning the house. Tomkowiak and Sue studied at ENSA, Dijon. They have regularly been featured in gallery and museum exhibitions, and more recently in large public and festival commissions.
B. Galerie Ron Mandos
Inti Hernandez (Cuba, 1976) lives and works in Amsterdam and Havana. 'Cotidiana' focuses on elitism and the experience of the community, the metaphysics of time, and the relationships between free will and responsibility. The 'Chair in Disbalance' series is a symbolic reference to the traditional swing chair, which brings comfort and interaction with the community. 'Useless Objects' are intricate wooden sculptures of domestic use: beautiful, yet futile.
Tjebbe Beekman (The Netherlands, 1972) paints large urban landscapes and interiors. The series of pictures featured in this exhibition depicts the studios of well-known avant-garde artists, including some of their motifs and influences. Beekman creates spaces that dazzle with their mix of perspectives and techniques.
In his current series Andreas Gefeller (Germany, 1970) focuses his attention to organic structures. Like his previous works, ‘Blank’, they bear a resemblance to drawings or watercolors. The works hover between documentation and construction. His large, deliberately overexposed images of plants and water reveal patters more reminiscent of computer technology than nature, subtly undermining photography’s claim to depict reality objectively.
Widely recognized and admired in countercultural communities but overlooked by the mainstream for decades, Anna Banana (Canada, 1940) has been fearlessly challenging convention. She creates parodic publications, produces and exchanges original artworks and stages banana- themed events, which she documents for a network of like-minded artists around the world. This will be her first retrospective exhibition in the Netherlands.
Oscar Santillan (Ecuador, 1980) is a visual artist living and working in the Netherlands and Ecuador. His practice seeks to go beyond the boundaries of western reality, which, according to Santillan, is based on binary oppositions—good/bad, black/white, man/woman, truth/lies. These categories dissolve in his work, opening up a larger sense of what is achievable. Santillan speaks of a territory that transcends the limits of possibility: what happened, what may have happened, and what is presented are equivalent terms.
Brooklyn-based artist Jay Miriam (United States, 1990) paints pictures of everyday people in everyday situa tions, 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 Browsing Chamber’ is about how we consume digital images. Working with the traditional salon presentation, where every inch of wall from floor to ceiling was covered in paintings, this exhibition is the three-dimensional result of an online image search. The works are by Steven Cox (Scotland, 1986), Samuel Francois (France, 1977), Ina Gerken (Germany, 1987), Gijs van Lith (The Netherlands, 1984) and Pierre Obando (Belize). Visitors are invited to participate by stepping on the pieces and leaving their marks.