Posts Tagged ‘Marijke Appelman’


KWARTET II by Marijke Appelman & Koen Taselaar: Release party and Rotterdam championships

November 19, 2013 posted in events, premiere, projects

Saturday 30th November at 16.00h

After the success of KWARTET (2010), Koen Taselaar & Marijke Appelman joined their forces again and made a complete new version of the game: KWARTET II (2013). Saturday November 30 at 16.00h KWARTET II will be released and the brand new version of the game will be played at Upominki a.k.a. the New Rotterdam Championships – are then and there!

This will be also the first chance for you to collect a copy of KWARTET II!

KWARTET is a Dutch card game using the simple premise of collecting a complete family of four cards (a so-called KWARTET) per given category. In this version of the game the fourteen families are formed by artworks grouped by their underlying subject matter or the formal principles used. KWARTET II contains families of artworks in the categories: ASHTRAY, BEER PYRAMID, DOORS IN DOORS, DOUBLE SCREEN, DRAWING MACHINE, GRADIENT, OVER THE EDGE, PLANTS, SLEEPING, THE ARTISTS SHOES, TRIANGLE IN CORNER, USED TO SKATE, WATERMELON and WORD VITRINE. The works KWARTET and KWARTET II rejoice the recirculation of images as a gesture towards the appreciation of contemporary art in varying contexts – thanks to the internet for making art accessible.

KWARTET II is designed by Team Thursday’s Loes van Esch and Simone Trum and printed in The Netherlands by Drukkerij de Maasstad.

After the release of KWARTET II, the artists donated five editions of KWARTET II and ten KWARTET II badges. Both items can be now purchased via Upominki gift shop.

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Take a breath… The best must come / exhibition documentation

February 28, 2013 posted in documentation, functional objects and materials, projects

Marijke Appelman Closing the Gap, video and sound installation, 2012.

Installation view

Marijke Appelman, Because it is about Time, framed fabric and baklava, 2012.

Based on the time spent in (and between) Istanbul, Turkey and Amsterdam, The Netherlands these two works reflect on the continuum flux of time, space and patterns. Here Appelman works with materials found in both places whereas through the presented video – material from the time spend in the airplane – she formes a certian distorted reflection in the end. Yet reduced, mirrored and combined into an installation, Closing the Gap and Because it is about Time are showing not only a curve in time, as a continuum, but also speak of fading in patterns and blurring the structure of our cultures.

Domenico Billari The best must come, toothpick with a laser engraved text.

Within the framework of this exhibition on the 6th of February 2013, a performance by Domenico Billari took place during the opening of the Rotterdam Art Fair.

For “Take a breath… The best must come” (also the title of Billari’s performance) ten actors were asked to wear a perfume he produced, and walk casually among the art fair public. With this act he aimed to bring a new dimension to the venue, such as, spreading a rumour and putting the focus on ordinary visitors.

Billari’s concept involves both the originated and the familiar tone. The peculiar ingredients of the fragrance, Bergamotto and Ginestra, both come from Calabria, Italy. Through this gesture – interfering a closed system of an art fair – his intention became a happening that is outside of its regular place, the exhibition space of Upominki.

With special thanks to: Anna, Cristina, Eric, Guiseppe, Malou, Marie-Sarah, Martijn, Mirjam, Jesse, Paco, Weronika and Wilfried Lentz.

H.K. Rannversson BOOKS TO BE LOOKED AT, ART TO BE READ / Installation view

H.K. Rannversson BOOKS TO BE LOOKED AT, ART TO BE READ / Installation details

BOOKS TO BE LOOKED AT, ART TO BE READ a project by H.K. Rannversson examines the contradictions of exhibiting books as works of art, through a display of multiple copies of the artist’s book CIRCLES by Kristján Guðmundsson (b. 1941, Iceland). The book, considered a work of art, was published in conjunction with the artist’s exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in late 1973 in an edition of 500 copies. However, the book is also considered a museum catalogue, listed number 550 in the directory of the museum. Thus, CIRCLES is perceived as one of the earliest Dutch examples of a catalogue that also serves as an autonomous work of art.

BOOKS TO BE LOOKED AT, ART TO BE READ raises questions about the publication, dissemination and (re)presentation of books within the artworld, whereby pointing towards the function of the book as a medium for artistic practice. The project displays copies of CIRCLES from H.K. Rannversson’s own collection, which he has collected in recent years, as well as from private collectors.

In reciprocity act all three artists decided to leave materials they use to install, or to produce, their work for this exhibition. In addition Upominki received: two wooden plates aprox. 2x2m, a DVD/ Beamer cabel, a stamp with Upomiki web address, and a box full of A0 white foam plates.




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Take a breath… The best must come

January 18, 2013 posted in exhibitions, projects

Marijke Appelman (NL), Domenico Billari (CH), H.K. Rannversson (IS)

9 – 28 February 2013

Opening: 8th February 2013 at 19h

As a part of his project, H.K. Rannversson will give a performance in a form of a guided tour through his presentation on February 8th, 9th, and 10th at 17h. Please note that, due to the limited number of places, an email reservation is required. To inscribe, please send an email by February 6th to stating your name and date on which you wish to attend.

During probably the most exuberated week of art events in Rotterdam, Upominki presents three individual projects that each derive from a particular artist’s research. In ‘Take a breath… The best must come’ the visitor is drawn by an ephemeral experience of sensitivity and fragility. Here the nose, eyes, ears and touch are put to a test, which is one’s ability to reminiscence an experience.

Through this exhibition, Upominki not only wishes to expand the physical space of the works included, but also wants to stretch its own geographical location.  ‘Take a breath… The best must come’ presents works by Marijke Appelman, Domenico Billari and H.K. Rannversson that share a certain urgency towards what they might become.  And yet, when the time of the viewer’s expectation drags on, suddenly he or she realizes that nothing here is about waiting, but about being in-between. Here things hang up in the air, maybe they are even floating, but definitely not falling down. Moreover, since each of the presented works appears to no particular time and no particular place. Thus a moment when one is being stuck on the way from A to B, or aware that things need to be defined again, but not having a clue of who is going to that, and how. ‘Take a breath… The best must come’ is then the artists’ joint search for funnels, which proposes such moments of in-betweenness to be seen rather as productive modes that lead to somewhere. But in the end it also raises a question, where are we ourselves right now?

About the artists and their projects

Marijke Appelman (1979) recived her BA from Willem de Kooning Academy in 2008. Her works are based on an appreciation of art and life and are simultaneously lyric and straightforward. Everyday situations and materials are used in installations, objects and video. Resulting in an environmental art, but one whose environment is cultural instead of natural.

Domenico Billari (1977) holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Applied Sciences HGK Northwestern Switzerland, Basel, Art Institute (2008). Received a scholarship from Pro Helvetia in 2007 and the studio IAAB scholarship for Paris (2009) and Rotterdam  (2012). Was nominated for National Prix in 2009, the Swiss art Award in 2010, the Suisse performance Prix in 2011 and won the Clavel Preis in 2012.

H.K. Rannversson (1981) holds a MA degree in Artistic Research from the University of Amsterdam (2012) and a BA degree in Art History from the University of Iceland (2009). He lives and works in Amsterdam and Reykjavík.




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