vrijdag 12 januari 2018

Expedition Nature at CODA Museum curated by Karin Bos

On view from November 5th 2017 until March 4th 2018 at CODA Museum in Apeldoorn (NL)

EXPEDITION NATURE solo show Karin Bos & group show curated by Karin Bos

participating artists are
Karin Bos . Bas Jan Ader . Jasper de Beijer . Patrick Bergsma . DAT (Tammo Schuringa, Claudie de Cleen, Corinne Bonsma) . Elspeth Diederix . Simon Faithfull . Florian Göttke . Scarlett Hooft Graafland . Jean Bernard Koeman . Jeroen Kooijmans . Lynne Leegte . Paul Nassenstein . Jochem op ten Noort . Michael Raedecker . Guido van der Werve . Henk Wildschut . Marjolijn de Wit . Erik Wuthrich
  
Opening wall

 
Travel Agent, installation by Karin Bos & Erik Wuthrich, 2017

detail Travel Agent, installation by Karin Bos & Erik Wuthrich
The installation Travel Agent is the result of two journeys that Karin Bos and Erik Wuthrich made together. On one of those, they followed the river Duero/Douro through Spain and Portugal, with the artists drawing water from the river at its spring and at the place where it flows into the ocean. Back in the Netherlands, Bos and Wuthrich collaborated on six blown glass objects, made by them at the National Glass Museum Leerdam. Three of these were filled with the spring water (the three top ones on the wall), and three with the water they bottled at the end of the river (the three lower ones on the wall). The photo in the background was taken at the Dettifoss waterfall of the Jökulsá river that they followed while travelling through Iceland.

space 1, Fuente project by Jochem op ten Noort & Karin Bos


space1, oil paintings by Karin Bos, sculpture by Erik Wuthrich, two acrylic paintings by Jochem op ten Noort
space1, oil paintings by Karin Bos
space1, oil paintings by Karin Bos
For Karin Bos, travel is essential to the creation of new work. Inspiration does not only come from images that others have made; she wants to have her own experiences and impressions, to translate these to canvas or paper. A large part of the source material for her work is collected in Spain. There, Bos finds a landscape that inspires her. Not the neat, well-ordered Dutch scenery but bare, desert-like and desolate stretches of land. Untamed, rough landscapes that are not immediately pleasing to the eye and that make her wonder whether she could also tell stories about humankind without actually depicting people in the landscape.
Karin Bos, Red Army 2, oil on canvas, 100 x 130 cm, 2016
space1, oil paintings by Karin Bos
Fuente project by Jochem op ten Noort (left) & Karin Bos (right)

For his recent series of paintings entitled Blending Sources, Jochem op ten Noort used the photos that Karin Bos took while travelling through Spain. In 2014, she followed the river Duero from its spring to where it floats into the sea. Op ten Noort drew inspiration from the jagged rocks and steep ravines at the site where the river Duero rises.In the exhibition, Op ten Noort's works are put side by side with the canvasses that Karin Bos painted, using the same source material.
space 1, Jochem op ten Noort (left) & Karin Bos (right)
Jochem op ten Noort and Karin Bos do not only share an interest in natural scenery as the subject of their work; they also hold similar views when it comes to collecting source material. Both artists frequently travel the world, looking for landscapes that stimulate them. They both prefer rugged, wild landscapes that are not immediately pleasing to the eye but that have a certain grating quality.
Although there are similarities between the two artists, their method as well as their finished works are completely different. Op ten Noort looks for a link between abstraction and realism in a methodical way. He uses the computer to alter Bos' source material: her photos of natural landscapes. There is a conversion to shades of grey, which turn into colours. If there is an overlap, he calculates a colour blend. Bos' method is more organic in comparison and her painting style much looser.

Fuente project by Jochem op ten Noort (left) & Karin Bos (right)
Fuente project by Jochem op ten Noort (left) & Karin Bos (right)

space1, sculpture by Erik Wuthrich

space1, oil paintings by Karin Bos
The main characters in Bos's work are usually girls or women who are based on acquaintances, friends or members of her family. Even when they are alone, the presence of others can be felt. Power relations between peopke intrigue Bos, and this theme can often be traced in her paintings. When harmony cannot be reached and friction occurs, her interest is sparked.
Nobody is innocent in Bos' work, not even the children. They perform mysterious rituals, collectively turn against the hostile outside world, but also against each other.  It follows that violence and abuse are recurring themes. The rough landscape makes the figures vulnerable and the works as a whole even more alienating.

space1, oil paintings by Karin Bos


space 2, oil paintings by Karin Bos
Part of Expedition Nature is focussed on the work that Karin Bos (1966) has created in the past ten years. The natural element in her paintings and works is the leitmotiv in her exploration of the relationship between man and nature or the natural landscape. Bos' paintings show fairytale-like but alienating and disturbing landscapes. With carefully selected colours and light she creates a cinematic and charged image of a world full of stories, where nothing is what it seems and where a cheerful holiday scene could just as well be the site of some horrendous crime. This ambiguity is characteristic of Bos' work.

space 2, oil paintings and tempera paintings and watercolour on paper by Karin Bos, sculpture Wild Life by Erik Wuthrich


space 2, oil paintings by Karin Bos, sculpture Wild Life by Erik Wuthrich
Erik Wuthrich's sculptures refer to solidified movement and time. Despite being abstract, they do call up associations with flora and fauna. Sometimes these associations are contradictory, for instance when a plant spade is crossed with an animal pattern. Besides drawing inspiration from natural scenery, Wuthrich also sometimes incorporates the cultural phenomena he finds in his objects.
Wuthrich's sculptures are also often functional. The work Wild Life, for instance, is meant as a sitting sculpture.

space 2, oil paintings and tempera painting by Karin Bos, sculpture Wild Life by Erik Wuthrich

space 2, tempera paintings by Karin Bos
For This Land is my land 1 and 2, Karin Bos experimented with tempera paint. The perspective gives us  clue as to what kind of vessel she studied the landscape from. The Dutch landscape, with its many waterways, was viewed from a hot air balloon.

space 2, oil paintings and watercolour on paper by Karin Bos, sculpture Wild Life by Erik Wuthrich


space 3, installation Back to Base Camp by Karin Bos
Back to Basecamp is the title of an installation resulting from Bos' recent trip to Iceland. Various fragments give the spectator an impression of the imposing Icelandic landscape and the puniness of man. The loose parts are connected with lines bearing the GPS coordinates of the travel route, which allows the spectator to join the journey.

space 3, detail installation Back to Base Camp by Karin Bos

space 3, detail installation Back to Base Camp by Karin Bos



space 4, Jean Bernard Koeman (left), Jochem op ten Noort (right), in the middle looking at space 3 (Back to base Camp by Karin Bos)


entry space 4: Karin Bos, watercolour on paper, left Jochem op ten Noort, acrylics on canvas


space 4, Jean Bernard Koeman (right), Jochem op ten Noort (left)

space 4, Jean Bernard Koeman, detail
Travelling is second nature to Jean Bernard Koeman. He has visited many places all over the world and has captured them in photos, as souvenirs of his travels. The publication 'Everything Beautiful is Far Away' contains some of these photos, that were made without artistic ambitions. It is meant as an associative walk through the journeys that Koeman undertook, an attempt to capture how man experiences the landscape.

space 4, Jean Bernard Koeman, Everything Beautiful is far away

space 4, sculpture Artificial Life by Erik Wuthrich, back; paintings by Jochem op ten Noort, right; Jean Bernard Koeman

space 4, paintings by Jochem op ten Noort, sculpture Drop Out by Erik Wuthrich, watercolour on paper by Karin Bos

space 4, photographs by Jean Bernard Koeman, painting by Jochem op ten Noort, in the middle looking at space 5; photograph by Lynne Leegte

Lynne Leegte makes quiet, empty and serene photographs and sculptures which tell about loss in a melancholic and poetic way. Her work reminds us that we are fragile and nature will still be there when man is long gone.
space 5, photograph Ivy by Lynne Leegte
With his work, Florian Göttke explores cultural and natural phenomena, and the way they were appropriated and manipulated by man. The Matterhorn, a mountain that used to inspire fear with its impressive 4478 metres, is now a much-climbed tourist attraction. It has almost become a climbing frame in a playground.

space 5, sculpture by Florian Göttke, photograph Ivy by Lynne Leegte

space 5, sculpture by Florian Göttke, photograph Ivy by Lynne Leegte, looking at space 4; Back to Base Camp installation by Karin Bos and space 9; photograph Train by Scarlett Hooft Graafland
For the photo series In search of the miraculous (One night in Los Angeles), Bas Jan Ader was photographed by Mary Sue Andersen at different locations in LA from sunset until dawn. The series is part of a larger project, in which the artist travelled through America and Europe, searching. The last part was a sailing voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, which meant the end of his life. His work has the ability to be very emotional, without becoming sentimental. It celebrates the beauty of failing, falling, and daring to be fragile.
space 5, Bas Jan Ader, In search of the miraculous, collection Kroller Muller Museum
space 5, left wall: Bas Jan Ader, right wall: Simon Faithfull
space 5, Simon Faithfull, Fake Moon


In his work, Simon Faithfull explores the world and what can be done with it as an object. He often collaborates with scientists, technicians and others to reach and record the boundaries of the world. Fake Moon shows a bright moon over the English landscape. Not the actual moon, a helium balloon with lights, but still highly reminiscent of the heavenly body.
Escape Vehicle no. 6 started as a performance where the spectators witnessed the launching of a weather balloon with a chair attached to it. After the balloon had disappeared from sight, they could still follow it with a live-stream video connection. This video work shows the journey the balloon and the empty chair made. What would it be like where breathing is impossible and the world can no longer be seen?


space 5, Simon Faithfull, Escape Vehicle #6, dvd

space 6, Guido van der Werve, video, collection De Hallen
The video Number 8, Everything will be alright by Guido van der Werve shows the artist walking on ice followed by a large ice breaking boat. It's an iconic image, full of tension.

space 7, painting by Michael Raedecker, hanging sculptures by Patrick Bergsma, works on paper by DAT, looking at space 5; Bas Jan Ader, photography

space 7, painting by Michael Raedecker, hanging sculptures by Patrick Bergsma, works on paper by DAT (drawing apart together)
With his bonzai sculptures Patrick Bergsma creates small fairytale-like worlds in which trees play a leading role. The shapes of roots and trances, earth and rocks, are combined with little creatures.


space 7, works on paper by DAT (drawing apart together), an artists collective project by Tammo Schuringa, Claudie de Cleen and Corinne Bonsma
The artists work together but, as is clear from their name, not in the same place. In this project the art works travel. The three artists send each other unfinished works. The receiver continues working on it, and send it to the next artist, until it is completed or has to be written off as a failure.

space 7, canvas by Michael Raedecker (collection Theodoor Gielissen Bank), hanging sculpture Gems by Patrick Bergsma
Michael Raedecker stretches the boundaries of painting by using thread besides actual paint. With a few lines he creates scenes which reminds of movie stills, tranquil landscapes with no human presence, although it seems as if someone could walk into the scene at any moment.

space 7, Michael Raedecker (left collection Museum Voorlinden, right collection Theodoor Gielissen Bank), hanging sculpture Gondel by Patrick Bergsma


space 7, Michael Raedecker (collection Theodoor Gielissen Bank), detail hanging sculpture Gondel by Patrick Bergsma


space 8, 3-d animation Laagland by Jasper de Beijer, collection Eneco
For his Dutch landscape in motion, De Beijer used fragments from paintings by Old Masters, like Rembrandt and Ruysdael. De beijer turned the two-dimensional fragments into a virtual and three-dimensional world that is subject to change in three ways. Time progresses, artistic interpretations change, the landscape transforms, yet stays the same.

space 9 looking at space 7, from left to right; paintings and book by Marjolijn de Wit, work on paper by Paul Nassenstein, paintings by Michael Raedecker, sculptures by Patrick Bergsma

space 7 looking at space 9, from left to right; photographs by Scarlett Hooft Graafland, collages and paintings by Marjolijn de Wit, videos by Elspeth Diederix and Jeroen Kooijmans

space 7, Lake by Jeroen Kooijmans, video
The landscape - woods, lakes, sea - often play a role in Kooijmans' work. It forms the context for staged scenes in which fairytale-like, mythical images are combined with everyday matters. In On the Lake, a group of camouflaged figures wades through the water, battling an abstract enemy. Their mission is not clear. Suddenly a little naked girl passes by, walking on the water, as if it is completely normal.

Full of surprises, poetic and a source of amazement: that is also the world to photographer Elspeth Diederix. If you look closely, there is beauty in the simplest things. For the video Plastic bag, she edited all the photos and videos she made of plastic bags. You do not have to travel far to experience beauty and wonder. There could be an endless source of inspiration just around the corner.
space 7, Plastic Bag by Elspeth Diederix, video, collection Museum Jan Cunen
space 7, Elspeth Diederix and Jeroen Kooijmans, looking towards space 9: photographs by Henk Wildschut
space 7, hanging sculpture by Patrick Bergsma, on the wall drawings by DAT, views to other spaces with work by Henk Wildschut, Erik Wuthrich etc

space 7, Gondel by Patrick Bergsma, in the back; video works by Elspeth Diederix and Jeroen Kooijmans, looking towards space 9 with photography by Scarlett Hooft Graafland

space 9, paintings by Marjolijn de Wit, work on paper by Paul Nassenstein
The relationship between humankind and nature is central to Marjolijn de Wit's work. She creates confusing images in which man seems to bend nature to his will. She conbines images she has found with ceramics, like a type of archaeological find. This results in three-dimensional compositions in which fantasy and reality, nature and culture, past and present come together.


space 9, works on paper by Paul Nassenstein



space 9, photographs by Scarlett Hooft Graafland, collages and paintings and book by Marjolijn de Wit, works on paper by Paul Nassenstein

space 9, photograph by Scarlett Hooft Graafland
Scarlett Hooft Graafland travels to the most isolated places in the world where she works together with local artists to perform surreal interventions in the landscapes. The analogically photographed images are all that remains.


space 9, photographs by Henk Wildschut from the series Shelters
Henk Wildschut has been photographing the circumstances of refugees in several places in Europe for years. Not by shooting portraits of the people themselves, but by focussing on the trail they leave behind. The temporary shelters they build, make the 'invisible' illegal aliens visible in the landscape.


Documentation: Veerle Bonder/CODA/Karin Bos

PRESS RELEASE

EXPEDITION NATURE
Not all who wander are lost

CODA Museum Apeldoorn | 05.11.2017 to 04.03.2018

Paradisical landscapes and fairy tale-like nature scenes, or melancholic, absurd, frightening and alienating. EXPEDITION NATURE shows works by over twenty artists who each focus on natural, scenic themes in different ways. At CODA's request, visual artist Karin Bos made a diverse, wide-ranging selection of artists working in various disciplines. Some of them approach the landscape in a documental way, while others react manipulatively or opt for a more scientific approach.  

The artists in EXPEDITION NATURE find their inspiration outside the walls of their studios. National or international travels – sometimes even into outer space – foster ideas, images, and stories. As romantics, explorers, researchers, storytellers or inventors, the artists in EXPEDITION NATURE highlight the scenery around them. In some cases, the works themselves travel a long way on the road to completion.

Part of EXPEDITION NATURE focusses on the work that Karin Bos (1966) has made in the last ten years. The scenic aspect of her paintings and works on paper is the leitmotiv in her exploration of the relationship between humans and the landscape or nature. Bos’ paintings depict fairy tale-like but also alienating and disturbing landscapes. With carefully chosen colours and use of light she creates a cinematic and charged view of a world full of stories, where nothing is what it seems and where a cheerful holiday scene could just as well be the site of some horrible crime. This ambiguity is a characteristic feature of Bos' work. The balance of power between men and women, adults and children or between children is a recurring theme.
Travel is essential to the creation of new work for Karin Bos. Inspiration does not come from images created by others; she wants to observe and experience it all first-hand, to then translate it onto canvas or paper. A lot of her source material was collected in Spain. Here, Bos finds a landscape that inspires her. Not the well-ordered and structured natural scenery of the Netherlands but bare, desert-like and desolate stretches of land. Unruly, rugged landscapes that are not immediately pleasing and that cause Bos to wonder if she could also tell stories about humanity without actually depicting people in the landscape.
The artists were selected with a connection to Karin Bos' work in mind. Besides nature and the scenic element, human intervention in nature is also featured in the works of several of the artists. All of the selected works reflect the inquisitive and open mindset of the artists that created them.
EXPEDITION NATURE is about seeking, finding, travelling but also about wandering, drifting, and loss. Go explore and discover the world that the artists in this exhibition have opened up!
Participating artists
Karin Bos . Bas Jan Ader . Jasper de Beijer . Patrick Bergsma . DAT (Tammo Schuringa, Claudie de Cleen, Corinne Bonsma) . Elspeth Diederix . Simon Faithfull . Florian Göttke . Scarlett Hooft Graafland . Jean Bernard Koeman . Jeroen Kooijmans . Lynne Leegte . Paul Nassenstein . Jochem op ten Noort . Michael Raedecker .  Guido van der Werve . Henk Wildschut . Marjolijn de Wit . Erik Wuthrich

This exhibition was made possible through the financial support of the Mondriaan Fund
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