Het Bouwhuis

Something has happened that shouldn’t have – 2021
Oilpaint & oilstick on Canvas – 65×50 cm

Vanaf deze week zullen nieuwe schilderijen van mij te zien zijn in Deventer in het Bouwhuis. Het betreft de series ‘Berliner Porträte’ en een aantal portretten uit de serie ‘Brief Encounters’. Er worden wisselende groepstentoonstellingen gehouden en met enige regelmaat worden focusevents georganiseerd. Ik houd u op de hoogte!

Het Bouwhuis

Stage Arousal

For Platforms Project NET 2021 EX-MÊKH decided to make a video of the making of an installation. In it one could follow the decisions of each member on enriching the whole. Maarten Schepers built a booth like the ones we usually show our work in Athens in. During a cold week in February we came together daily to add to the installation. We decided the booth could also be seen as a stage on which performance could take place, so a number of actions were executed. We didn’t talk to each other about what each of us would do so we went through a series of surprises. My personal input was based on works of artists that inspired me. Here you can see my additions to the Stage Arousal as the video was called. I leave it to you to recognise the inspiration for the work!

A Secret Alliance

Vorig jaar kwam van mij het essay A Secret Alliance uit in Issue #2, een magazine dat onregelmatig wordt uitgegeven door The faculty of In-humanities. Het blad is voor € 14,- , inclusief verzending, verkrijgbaar bij R.S.O.L, Room for the Study Of Loneliness

“Coming from a little village in a rural area with nobody around me with any intellectual or artistic ambition I felt a bit eccentric wanting to make paintings and swallowing everything about art I could find in any discipline I liked. All my information came from television, newspapers and magazines then. I studied and created for my own pleasure and felt a bit guilty about it. After finishing art-school and my studies in the USA I took jobs to earn enough money to live on, leaving enough time to continue my artistic practice anonymously. At this time I was greatly influenced by the poetry I had gotten to know. Since my first hitchhiking travels I wrote diaries and in the USA I continued to do so but now I would keep them in any discipline I could in order to gather material to work from.”

“So I started chmkoome’s blog which became quite popular. In the beginning it was rather personal with things I experienced: labels of the wine I drunk, atmospheres during a walk or an opinion on politics, but eventually I started to visit exhibitions and openings more and I posted that. The emphasis changed to art in my posts.”

“Looking back at it now I think this concept suits me as a viewer and as an artist. The attention is with the artwork and the viewer. The work is visible for who wants to see it and there’s no artistic persona in between who can influence the valuation. I want to work on my art and make it accessible in the most unstressed way possible. I want to have my ideas, my engagement with art and my own work touching and inspiring people Through collaboration I hope colleagues and I will both benefit from each-others art and interpretations. It is with an attitude of openness, respect and a certain generosity towards each other that the visibility of art and artists will grow.”

R.S.O.L.

FeMaler

FeMaler – Kees Koomen: Have You Seen the Stars Tonight?

I updated the EX-MÊKH website so that you can find the account of the openingperformances and the exhibition FeMaler on it’s page. I also posted Cquence, the video we did for Platforms Project.NET 2020. This is the page we got on the digital version of the Greek Art Fair. On my blog you can also find the post on Geen Bloem Zonder Wortel (in Dutch).

Soundhouse

Soundhouse is a soundproject by Nico Parlevliet, sound-artist from Dordrecht NL. The artist assigned an hour of the day to twenty four artists after which he asked these artists to record the sound of that hour of their day. The results together form the sound of a day of art-practice. You can listen to it on the Soundhouse website where the practice of twenty-four artists can be heard.
Parlevliet invited me to participate and mine was the tenth hour, from 09.00 to 10.00 h. CEST. Other participants are Andrew McNiven, Elise ’t Hart, Steve Giasson, Frans van Lent, Malou van Doormaal, Ricardo Huisman, Ieke Trinks, Laura Maes, Gilbert van Drunen, Manuela Porceddu, Harald Kubicza, Michiel van Bakel, Topp & Dubio, Moritz Ebinger, Ronald van der Meijs, Ienke Kastelein, Peter Bogers, Wouter Klein Velderman, Robert Lambermont, Eve Ariza, Erhard Hirt, Rob Bothof and Gaby Tjon a Tham

Soundhouse

HEDEN

At the occasion of her leave from HEDEN in Den Haag Lia Bender was given the opportunity to curate an exhibition with works from the collection of HEDEN. In it she shows three old artworks of mine that I didn’t see for 20 years or more. I thought they were sold but here they are, still for hire!

Un certain regard – 1996 (siberian chalk on paper)
Z.T. – 1992 (oilpaint on canvas)
Catharina in Garda – 1993 (oilpastel on paper)

HEDEN

MÊKH-web opening

Foto’s van de opening van de EX-MÊKH tentoonstelling MÊKH-web. Ik heb wat leentjebuur gespeeld met permissie…

Met Connie van Driel

Frans van Lent prepareert zijn performance en Niels Post is met maarten Schepers in gesprek

Mijn jongste zusje en mijn nicht, die overigens art-consultant is, waren zichtbaar gelukkig met de expositie.

Met Stijn Peeters, Cees van den Burg, Jeroen Olberts

Met Philip Akkerman

Frans van Lent continueert de performance: “Don’t touch! I’ll come and fix this as soon as possible” – ongoïng.

Gaatje boren….

Hangk

Maarten Schepers met Pim Piët

The Diaries (September 17 – October 6, 2019), een tijdens de tentoonstelling groeiende wandtekening! Elke dag krijgt een nieuwe aantekening.

In mijn dagboek beginnen zich mooie structuren te ontwikkelen!

Haagse Heritage

In de tentoonstelling “Haagse Heritage” bij HEDEN in Den Haag hangt een kunstwerk van Navid Nuur. Het publiek wordt daarin uitgenodigd een frottage te maken van een zinkplaat die de kunstenaar bewerkte. Het resultaat mag mee genomen worden. Nuur maakt heel veel oplages die gedeeld worden en deze past wel erg mooi in mijn eigen manier van werken! Na het “Forget” van de kunstenaar schreef ik NOT, als een vervliegende herinnering!

Navid Nuur-Kees Koomen: Forget (not)

Het andere gesprek

In de loop van het afgelopen jaar suggereerde Rien Monshouwer me al enige malen om kennis te maken met de culturele salon die hij maandelijks organiseert. Na twee voor mij geslaagde bijeenkomsten vroeg hij me of ik ook niet iets over mijn praktijk als beeldend kunstenaar wilde vertellen, vooral over hoe ik het belang zie van mijn kunstblog t.o.v. mijn beeldende werk. Ik vond dat wel een uitdaging en begin oktober, op een mooie avond deed ik mijn verhaal voor een publiek van een man of dertig. Tijdens de lezing voerde ik mijn performance The Diaries, October 6, 2018 uit!