I still have – ahum – about a thousand pictures from our summer trip to North America. These pictures are waiting for postprocessing and some organization. I am planning on making a picture book, which I actually never have done before. I did not because I like to have loads of pictures and coming across them for serendipity reasons. But having a complete book of a phantastic trip has its advantages of course. I can see that. Today I had a look at pictures of the first days, our stay in Toronto. It honestly is magical how you can catch moments of time within the images. It makes one’s life so much richer, don’t you think?
If you know my pictures for a while now, you also know that I am very fond of water blues. I just love swimming in pools in the sunshine. I even do it in the rain. And I love taking pictures of these moments. But now the season is over, in fact I went to the indoor pool this morning, which is quite an adjustment. During the last open days I took some more pictures of the water in order to take the beautiful blues with me throughout the eight months until the pools open again. I will sort them out in the next few weeks.
I have another announcement to make: I quit my 365-series. I do not feel good about it, but is was too hard after traveling North America to start working again and having somehow no choice than taking pictures of sofa cushions at night. So I reminded myself that it is me who actually makes the rules. It sure is a pitty, creating a collection of one year feels quite meaningful. It is nice to try out different styles and concepts. I hope to be able to continue later. A form does help me.
Bad news first: On the first of September the meteorological summer will be over, but the good news is: my new exposition will be officially opened! In Cafe ‘t Bolwerk there will be the phantastic jazz singer Janina Stopperka, a friendly reader of the poems and of course some words from me. The show is called Emily because the pictures are based on six poems of the great Emily Dickinson.
Today I installed the pictures and I have to say, I am quite happy how it turned out. The photographer Cyril Wermers helped me with the practical hanging and took a picture of me afterwards, I like to share it in order to give an impression:
The series is shown for the whole month of September, so if you have the chance please go to the café and check them out!
Yesterday morning Ander lichtwas opened officially. At the local hospital in Enschede portraits of employees will be shown for one year. Every month one portrait will be added until it April 2019. The chaplain of the hospital chose people who have the power to inspire others within their special scope of medicine or just as human beings. These people were interviewed about their motivation and personal ways to find strength for their quite often burdensome work. The interviews can be read on site. The chapel/room of silence is a very new and beautifully designed space and certainly worth a visit. After the adding of the next portrait I will show it on this website as well.
Next wednesday – the 16th of May at 10:00 a.m. – there will be my next opening at the hospital in Enschede. For this project twelve employees (doctors, nurses, administrators etc.) were interviewed in order to tell about their inspiration and motivation to help the sick. I was asked to make the portraits of the employees. Every month one portrait will be added until one year is full. They are shown at the wall of the Chapel/centre of silence. Come and have a look, if you like!
Today I removed my pictures out of ArtOne and that was that. Later this month there will be a new show on employees of the hospital in Enschede. For the project “Ander licht” they were interviewed by a minister about their work and inspiration. And I got the chance to make portraits of them. Therefore I made them leave the hospital to also show some beautiful sights of the city. And make visible how the hospital is part of the city as well. I am curious how the portraits will turn out as a series: the hospital plans to add one person each month.
On Sunday, 22nd of April 2018, at 3 o’clock the exposition “Discomfort” will be opened at the HeArtGallery in Hengelo. The Enschede art platform KunstNonStop will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and therefore this expo is organized. The participating artists were asked to show their most discomforting artwork. At that time I was reading the novel Die fürchterlichen Tage des schrecklichen Grauens by Roman Ehrlich and was very much intrigued by the thought that fear is always included in all our thoughts and deeds. So I started a photo project on it, that is still going on. Four of my pictures will be shown at the HeArtGallery until the 3rd of June and I am very about it (and also curious about the work of the other artists of course). After the opening I will publish the pictures on my website.
Yesterday my expo at ArtOne was opened and Cyril Wermers, photographer and curator, made these beautiful impressions of the afternoon. If you are around please take your chance and visit in march and april the show. The pool pictures you can see on Mondays to Thursdays until 4pm and on Fridays until noon. On the outside ten of my pictures are 24/7 on display.
On March the 11th a new show will start in Enschede at Artikel 1 Overijssel. It will be called “I am not an astronaut Or: Will you know it when it’s over” and it will combine pictures of the Empty pool-series and more of the 1 000 series. I am really looking forward to it. More information will follow.
Here is a little update on new develoments in this new season. First of all the show at Café Bolwerk is still running and I already received a lot of kind comments on them. The seven male portraits just fit beautifully into the scenery, just what I was hoping for. Then I added during last days I more and more albums to the website to show a wider range of my work. I added Emily and Trees, if you like just take a look. The last new point worth mentioning is that my art collective Wakker (Awake) is focussing on a new topic together. It will be a large project and I am very curious where it will bring me/us.