Residency at Galleri Svalbard in Spitsbergen (fourth week)


After returning from Ny-Ålesund I stayed in Galleri Svalbard one more week. From there I made one more trip in the evening to Skansbukta and Nordenskiöldbreen (Nordenskiöld Glacier). Other than that I worked some more on small drawings and spend time in Galleri Svalbard’s fantastic library.

Library Photo 1 & 2: Armin Elbers.

Paris studios


Between 2009 and 2013 I worked in Paris in two studios where I primarily worked on drawings. The first one was in Noisy le Sec, in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Later I worked in the studio of Duncan Wylie in St. Ouen in the northern suburbs of Paris.

Fountainhead Residency Miami


Celebrating a decade as Miami’s landmark alternative artspace, Locust Projects organized its 10-year anniversary exhibition called Inevitable Continuum curated by executive Director Claire Breukel and artist Gene Moreno. Dan and Kathryn Mikesell offered the Fountainhead Residency to me as a place where I could realize my work New Sun for Inevitable Continuum. The exhibition opened on November 8 2008.  I shared the studio with artists W. Tucker (USA) and Mike Swaney (Spain).


With thanks: Claire Breukel, Dan and Kathryn Mikesell and Beatriz Monteavaro.…

New Sun at Locust Projects Miami


New Sun
Print, cardboard, paper, wood, cloth and papier-mâché – 3 x 6 x 3.58 m – 2008

Celebrating a decade as Miami’s landmark alternative artspace, Locust Projects organises its 10-year anniversary exhibition called Inevitable Continuum curated by executive Director Claire Breukel and artist Gene Moreno. Looking back at 10 years of exhibitions in the Wynwood artspace, Breukel and Moreno have invited one alumnus from each year to choose their favorite, most promising artist now.

Participating artists are Chris Buening selected by Tatiana Garmendia (shown at Locust Projects in 1999), Mariana Palma selected by Albano Afonso (2000), Ivan Reyes-Garcia selected by Gregory Green (2001), Seamus Harahan selected by Phil Collins (2002), Ronald Cornelissen selected by Beatriz Monteavaro (2003), Paul Cherwick selected by Jon Pylypchuk (2004), Jaime Gili selected by Eugenio Espinoza (2005), K8 Hardy selected by Laura Parnes (2006), Nikos Arvanitis selected by Magnus Arnason (2007), and Justin Hansch selected by Graham Hudson (2008).

Many thanks: Lisan Scheepe, Beatriz Monteavaro, Dan and Kathryn Mikesell.

Black Betty


Black Betty
Cardboard, chicken wire, metal, dried flowers, wood and papier-mâché – 169 x 140 x 103 cm – 2007
Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Collection IBB.

Wormhole 5 / Instituto Buena Bista


The Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) started in September 2006 with – for us – the heart of the matter: supporting young creative talent on Curacao. With seven kids in an old abandoned pavilion of the psychiatric hospital on Curacao we began unveiling their talents and showing them the possibilities of art. In March we moved to an impressive monumental building in the center of Willemstad which has brought us to new goals and responsibilities: managing a carefully composed program of residents, developing a firm network and a research center and dealing with a new levy of students (now twelve allready). All very serious business. But still, at the end of the day, we are always confronted with the plain beauty of the discoveries these young people are making. They are indeed developing a new view of themselves, their lives, their island, their future and probably also about us… a ‘buena bista’.

On the 16th of October 2007 Ronald Cornelissen arrived at our island for a residency of three months in our ‘Fonds BKVB’ program. Now it is almost the end of November and I have come to know Ronald as someone that loves sound and music above everything and on the other hand as someone that makes visual work that bears a ‘deafening silence’. Both in his drawings and his installations you get drawn into a solidified world that is showing you contradictions, bemusement and fear as a result of overwhelming stimuli and choices of a world that seems to look like ours.
The paper, cardboard and other dead materials in his installations, or the cartoon style and collage -art-quotations in his drawings, give his work the distance it needs to unveil. It seems to be a frozen scream only for us to see.

Inviting Ronald Cornelissen to the IBB we were aware of the fact that we also ‘invited’ Wormhole; the –among connoisseurs – well known periodical on drawing he makes. As we are asking from our residents any form of input to the education of the students, this was an excellent excuse to make another Wormhole with the group that is now ‘inhabiting’ the institute.
Drawing of course is the laboratory of all arts. The sketch reveals the idea in the most basic way, and sometimes even in the most beautiful way. And here you can see for yourself: it is amazing what talent one can find on these islands…

Nancy Hoffmann
director IBB
Curacao, 27th November 2007

Published in 2007 in collaboration with Instituto Buena Bista – 64 pages black/ white – A4 size
With: Luigino Brandao (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Kelvin Reigina (Dominican Republic), Aldino Kuwas (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Harvey Davelaar (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Frenjeska Schoop (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Naomy Meijer (Colombia), Davin Brainard (USA), Tirzo Martha (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Cleo de Brabander (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Paola van den Bor (The Netherlands),Luigino Brandao (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Hendrik Moesker (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Elvis Chen (Surinam), Quentley Barbara (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), David Bade (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Germain Luiciana (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Kendrick Boelijn (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles) and Ronald Cornelissen (The Netherlands)

To order Wormhole 5 contact Instituto Buena Bista at:
Price: 10 € or 17,50 Naf (postage not included).

Many thanks: Ronald van Lit.…