Limbo Walks, Limbo Sleeps

 

Limbo Walks, Limbo Sleeps comes in a limited edition of 50 numbered and signed copies. This edition was published by Ronald Cornelissen with the support of Le Fonds Canson pour l’Art et le Papier. The original works were made in 2009 in ink, watercolor, sepia and pencil on inkjet prints. They are reproduced here at their original size. The graphic design was done by Ronald van Lit.

Edition of 40 Dutch and 10 English copies – 32,9 x 24,1 cm – 2015
Price: 70 €

Many thanks to: Catherine Barthe and Ronald van Lit
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Androuiette in de Petteflat

 

This publication is part of the collection chipiron from the French publisher Solo Ma Non Troppo. This book with drawings that were made between 2016 and 2018 was published in March 2019 in an edition of a 150 copies. It can be ordered at Solo Ma Non Troppo. The price is 15,00 €

It is a co-edition with galerie Bernard Jordan (Paris)
20 x 27 cm – 36 full colour pages – 2019
isbn 978-2-919289-48-6

Many thanks: Jean Bescos, Geneviève Hergott & Bernard Jordan
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Residency in Greenland aboard Le Manguier

 

In May 2017 Phillipe Hercher’s invited me to stay on his boat Le Manguier for a ‘sejour artistique’ in Disko Bay on the west Coast of Greenland together with Louis Adam (FR), Romain Lafarge(FR) and Matthieu Litt (BE). The trip started in June 2019 and started by going from Aasiat to the little Island of Kitsisarsuit (Kronprinsen Ejland) halfway in between Aasiat and Disko Island. From there we sailed to Qeqertarsuaq (God Haven) on the Southside of Disko Island. Then we went to Oqatsut (Rode Bay) and after that to Ilulisat from where we took a walk to Jacobshavn Glacier. After that we take a night trip to Ilumanaq, a trip that took us through the ice in front of the mouth of Ilulissat Icefjord in the midnight sun, an otherworldly experience. From Ilumanaq we sail further to a bay close to Qasiganguit, to the little village of Akunnaaq and then back to Aasiat.

With many thanks to: Philippe Hercher and Louis Adam
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I HAVE NOTHING TO SELL

On February 1, 2019 I was interviewed by Peter Nijenhuis for his blog De Wereld Werkt in Arnhem. Our conversation about drawing in general and more specifically the drawings I made as a result of my residency in Svalbard was published on his blog under the title I HAVE NOTHING TO SELL.

Many thanks to: Peter Nijenhuis and Chris Kennedy
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HÖLL

 

In preparation for my stay in Galleri Svalbard I visited the depots of the Maritime Museum in Amsterdam where they have the first (and second) edition of the book The true and perfect description of three voyages so strange and woonderfull, that the like hath neuer been heard of before: done and performed three yeares, one after the other, by the ships of Holland and Zeland, on the north sides of Norway, Muscouia, and Tartaria, towardsthe kingdomes of Cathaia & China by Gerrit de Veer. I later found out there is a Latin translation from 1598 in the library of Galleri Svalbard. The story is an account of Willem Barents and Jacob van Heemskerck’s ill-fated expedition of 1596, which saw its 17 members stranded on Nova Zembla for ten months during the polar winter. Before they stranded on Nova Zembla Barents discovered Bear Island and Spitsbergen by accident.

 

1-4 June
Ink, pencil, ballpoint, watercolour, acrylic paint and gouache on paper – 88,5 x 138 cm – 2018
21-22 June
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 71 x 103 cm- 2018
15 August
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 71,5 x 108,5 cm – 2018
26 August
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 71 x 112 cm – 2018
28 August
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 71 x 96 cm – 2018
15 September
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 55 x 90 cm – 2020
17 September
Ink, pencil, watercolour, acrylic paint and gouache on paper – 85 x 109,5 cm – 2018
25 September
Ink, pencil, watercolour, gouache and acrylic paint on paper – 70 x 96 cm – 2018
25 October
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 79,5 x 140 cm – 2018
7 / 9 December
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 60 x 88,5 cm – 2018
12 February
Inkt, potlood, waterverf, acryl en gouache op papier – 60 x 88,5 cm – 2018
29 May
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 60 x 88,5 cm – 2018
30 May
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 60 x 88,5 cm – 2018
12 & 13 June
Ink, pencil, watercolour, acrylic paint, gouache and collage on paper – 140 x 251 cm – 2019
17 June
Ink, pencil, watercolour, acrylic paint, gouache and collage on paper – 83 x 143 cm – 2019
28 & 29 June
Ink, pencil, watercolour, acrylic paint and gouache on paper – 117 x 244 cm – 2018
1 July
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 90 x 143 cm – 2020
21 July
Ink, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper – 95,8 x 145,5 cm – 2019
28 July
Ink, pencil, watercolour, acrylic paint and gouache on paper – 114,6 x 244 cm – 2020
16 / 20 August
Ink, pencil, watercolour, acrylic paint and gouache on paper – 140 x 285 cm – 2020
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Residency at Galleri Svalbard in Spitsbergen (first week)

 

Between July 17 and August 15 2018 I did a residency in Galleri Svalbard in Spitsbergen related to a long-running project I’m working on. Starting point for the project is an installation that I made in 2013, The Hyperborean Garden. The idea was to go deeper into themes that were raised in that particular work. Partly due to the many newsletters I got from Arctic Centre from the University of Groningen, from Artica Svalbard and the Svalbard Science Forum my focus gradually shifted from the original idea, the role of Arctic and Antarctic (boreal) myths in the world of the far right towards the effects of human behavior on the ecosystem, in this case that of the North.

I particularly liked Michel Serres reflections on the relation between nature and culture and the way he analyzes the origins of the world’s contemporary environmental problems. He does so through the proposition that our cleanliness is our dirt by which he means that our desire to possess the world by ‘cleaning’ or claiming it for ourselves and then throwing the consequent dirt and detritus beyond the bounds of what we deem ‘propre’ has brought about the ruination of ourselves and our world*.

* Sacred Dirt by Susan Stewart, a review of Michael Serres book Malfeasance in Los Angeles Review of Books

Many thanks to: Jan Martin Berg, Stephan Linden en Daria Khelsengreen (Galleri Svalbard), Maarten Loonen (Universitair hoofddocent Arctische Ecologie en manager Nederlands Arctisch Station in Spitsbergen), Rudolf Denkmann (Alfred Wegener Institute, Ny-Ålesund) and CBK Rotterdam for their financial support (O & O bijdrage)
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Residency at Galleri Svalbard in Spitsbergen (second week)

 

In the second week of my stay in Svalbard I went on visits to the Russian settlements of Barentsburg and Pyramiden.

Barentsburg is the second-largest settlement on Svalbard situated on the Grønfjord (part of Isfjorden) with about 450 inhabitants, almost entirely Russians and Ukrainians. Barentsburg is the only remaining Russian permanent settlement on Svalbard. Svalbard is under full Norwegian sovereignty, but according to a 1920 treaty all signatory countries (40 in total) are granted non-discriminatory rights to fishing, hunting and exploring mineral resources. For Russia that means coal mining. Barentsburg started as a Dutch mining town in the 1920s. In 1932 the Rotterdam based Dutch Spitsbergen Company (Nespico) sold their concession to the Soviet Union due to financial troubles. Since then coal mining is conducted by the Soviet company Arktikugol . Pyramiden was a Russian settlement and coal-mining community situated on the Billefjorden which is also part of Isfjorden. Founded by Sweden in 1910 and sold to the Soviet Union in 1927, Pyramiden was closed in 1998 and has since remained largely abandoned with most of its infrastructure and buildings still in place.
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Studies for Scatmobile

 

Six drawings I made in my studio in Rotterdam and at Galleri Svalbard in Spitsbergen in 2017 and 2018 for what could be part of an installation.
Ink, pencil and watercolor on paper – various sizes – 2017-2018
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