Visual artist Guus van der Velden recently undertook the Kippenberger Challenge — an open invitation to equal Martin Kippenberger's average printed output of 7,45 books per year. Van der Velden will present the body of work he produced for this challenge and discuss Kippenberger’s mantra of “Heute denken, morgen fertig.”
The same evening, visual artist Alex Farrar will launch his new publication, "Wimper", with texts by Nicola Oxley and Nicolas de Oliveira, and David Price, interspersed with 81 new eyelash prints made on a risograph.
Guus van der Velden (1989) lives and works in Eindhoven. He received a BA and MA Sculpture from KASK (Ghent). Selected exhibitions include “checkraisefold” (SECONDroom, Antwerp), “Php #4” (The Pink House, Antwerp), “Prospects & Concepts” (Van Nellefrabriek, Rotterdam), “L’invention du Quotidien” (Wallspace, Eindhoven), “Part Tarp” (Part Parts, Nevele, BE).
Alex Farrar (UK, 1986) received BFA’s from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and Leeds Metropolitan University, after which he completed a two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Secondary Emotions (i)’, de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam, ‘Secondary Emotions (ii)’ at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, ‘Code Duello’, Loods 6, Amsterdam, and ‘Self-Titled’ at Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam. Recent group exhibitions include ‘Prospects and Concepts’, Art Rotterdam, ‘Summer Fete’, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, ‘Mostyn Open 18’, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, ‘Young British Art II’, DIENSTGEBÄUDE, Zurich. Both in 2014 and 2015 he won The Best Dutch Book Designs for two of his publications.
Accompanying each solo exhibition, 1646 asks the artist to develop the content for a Background Evening. The Background Evenings nurture a direct interaction between the audience and the artists in an event based on discussion and exchange.
This time, during the run of her exhibition Hello Echo, The Hague-based artist Bernice Nauta will provide the Background Evening and we have another surprise lined up!
The first artist's books were made by poets. With its upcoming program, Page Not Found pays tribute to the interplay between visual arts, poetry and publishing by inviting poets and artists to share their work alike. This evening, organised in collaboration with KABK Master Artistic Research, will see acclaimed poet Lisa Robertson read from her upcoming novel, The Baudelaire Fractal. Robertson’s poetry is known for its subversive engagement with the classical traditions of Western poetry and philosophy, combining avant-garde techniques with classical poetic concerns and traditional literary touchstones while eschewing both conventional poetic forms and lyrical directness in favour of an elliptical and philosophical approach.
Lisa Robertson (born July 22, 1961) is a Canadian poet, essayist and translator. Robertson studied at Simon Fraser University (1984–1988) before becoming an independent bookseller (1988–1994). Since 1995 she has been a freelance writer and teacher. Her many essays on the contemporary visual arts, published in gallery and museum catalogues since the mid-1990s, are collected in her 2003 book Occasional Works and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. In 2006, Robertson was a judge of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Holloway poet-in-residence at UC Berkeley. From 2007 to 2010 she taught at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In Fall 2010 she was writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In Spring 2014 she was the Bain Swigget lecturer in Poetry at Princeton University. In 2018 she received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts C.D. Wright Award. Her first novel, The Baudelaire Fractal, will be published by Coach House Books in 2020.
The title ‘LABYRINTH’ derives from one of the paintings in this solo exhibition by Ton Kraayeveld. In that eponymous work there are prominently some words relating to the concepts of space and time. Kraayeveld's work refers to an unmistakably retro-futuristic character.
This title does not refer to a classic maze, where the walker is apparently led to a specific point or to the exit. Rather, it should be understood as a metaphor for an imaginary space with unexpected views and vistas, which invites to reflection.
Language and text are explicitly present in some of the works shown. As a viewer you are invited to wander through this anachronistic labyrinth, sometimes as a "Vincent in China", then again to end up with "now-here" or "nowhere".
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