My stay at the Dutch Polar Station in Ny-Ålesund in Spitsbergen (third week)

 

Ny-Ålesund is a research town in Oscar II Land on the island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard. It is situated on the Brøgger peninsula (Brøggerhalvøya) and on the shore of the bay of Kongsfjorden. The company town is owned and operated by Kings Bay AS, who provide facilities for permanent research institutes from ten countries. Ny-Ålesund has an all-year permanent population of 30 to 35, with the summer population reaching 120. Its facilities include Ny-Ålesund Airport, a Mine Museum, as well as fifteen permanent research stations by countries such as, Norway, Germany, France, England, Italy, Japan, South-Korea China and Holland. It is the northernmost functional civilian settlement in the world.

The Dutch Arctic Center of the University of Groningen uses a couple of small buildings in Ny-Alesund as polar station. There they are studying barnacle geese and their ecology. The study in Kongsfjorden started in 1990 and is continuing till today. Dr. Maarten Loonen is keeping a personal log of this study.

I was invited by Maarten Loonen for a stay of 8 days in Ny-Ålesund as part of his team, a great experience for which I’m very thankful.
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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.
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Detroit Backwards

 

In June 2018 PrintRoom’s Riso workspace was taken over by Davin Brainard and myself. We collaborated on a zine entitled Detroit Backwards; a portrait of Davin’s hometown which I have visited several times over the past 20 years. We asked Ivan Cornelissen-Wiegel to come up with stuff to fill in the inevitable blank spots in our memories. Both Davin and me share a love for comics, cartoons, fanzines, graffiti and collage and have performed in the group Princess DragonMom.

On Saturday the 2nd of  June 2018 we showed the results of our collaboration at Printroom with  drawings from the book and movies from Time Stereo’s Movie Time, a compilation of live action and animation movies.

Published by PrintRoom & Time Stereo – Edition of 50 copies – 21 x 14,85 cm – 2018
Price 5 €.

Many thanks to: Ewoud van Rijn en Karin de Jong
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Mamoth

 

The drawings that make up Mamoth were made between 2011 and 2016. The series consist of 10 drawings; The Demise of the Sun, Feces, Stonecold, Torre Canale, Waiting for Easter, Ash Wednesday, Bim Bam, Godseemopples, Dawn and 6-11-2016. These drawings deal with the illness and death of my mother on April 1st in 2008 due to complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

The photos used in these drawings were mostly made by my brother in law Karel van Laarhoven except for the picture of comedian Andre van Duin and the horse in Bim Bam. Those pictures were taken from the internet. The pictures of both my mother and father seated were taken by myself.

De Ondergang van de Zon
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 99 x 66 cm – 2013

Faeces
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 70,5 x 98 cm – 2014

Steenkoud
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 90 x 66 cm – 2013

Torre Cannale
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 90,5 x 66 cm – 2012

Wachten op Pasen
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 66 x 90,5 cm – 2013

As Woensdag
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 69,5 x 97 cm – 2013

Bim Bam
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 65 x 75 cm – 2015

Godsiemoppie
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 65 x 83,5 cm – 2015

De Morgen
Inkt, potlood, waterverf en collage op papier – 65 x 89 cm – 2014

6-11-2016
Inkt, potlood, waterverf, gouache en collage op papier – 85 x 145 cm – 2016
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Eat Shit

 

Eat Shit
Ink, pencil, gouache and watercolor on paper – 70 x 87,5 cm – 2016
Collection FNAC; National Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris France.
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Tell Me Darling & Kiss

 

Tell Me Darling
Ink, pencil, gouache and watercolor on paper – 67 x 106 cm – 2016

Kiss
Ink, pencil, ballpoint, watercolor, gouache and collage on paper – 66,7 x 106,8 cm – 2017
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