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Aernout Mik (1962)

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Once again a dutch artist. Aernout Mik…. Not that well known in the Netherlands but one look at his biography shows that his fame is truly international. Exhibitions and Video installations all over the world of which the exhibition at MOMA is perhaps his ultimate achievement until this date  (catalogue available at http://www.ftn-books.com). His video installations leave you with a sense of unease.

Look at this video in which Aernout Mik ao. explains the setting of his exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Mik is an artist who can not be explained. You have to look at his videos for yourself and wonder afterwards what the effect of the video has been. another exasmple is this SPEAKING IN TONGUES;

the MOMA Aernout Mik catalogue is available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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LIVINUS (van de Bundt) (1909-1979)

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Experimental photo painting and one of the first video artists in the world , Livinus made a name for himself in the mid Seventies with this kind of art and the Haags Gemeentemuseum was one of the first to show this kind of art by a dutch artist in the Netherlands.

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There is a reality that is “more real that what is visible”, in which thinking can only use the abstract formulas of physical science. In contemporary art this reality can be experienced with new methods. The light experiments of Van de Bundt have a special place in this; his light manipulations, (projections or so-called photo paintings) are non-material and provide a picture of a pure energetic world.

Since he received several prestigious art prizes of which the Sikkens price is the most renowned one. http://www.ftn-books.com has some nice LIVINUS publications available including one with some original film.

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Gudrun Kemsa (1961)

 

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Both authentic and virtual, her images originate in metropolises such as Paris, New York, Rotterdam, Berlin and Dubai. Some of these cities can be readily identified, while the elimination of signage in others turns them into interchangeable locales in our global village. Kemsa has been able during the last few years to position her works with remarkable precision on the interface between photography and film.

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The concept behind these photographs and their effect on the viewer are tied up closely with the aspect of movement. Gudrun Kemsa is one of the foremost photography and video artists working in Germany today. She lives and works in Dusseldorf and has been professor of “Moving Images and Photography” at the Hochschule Niederrhein in Krefeld since 2001. She has shown works in international exhibitions and festivals and is represented in several private and public collections.

There is one early Kemsa publication now available at www.ftn-books.com

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Charly van Rest (1949)

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Born in Indonesia ( Jakarta) he practically lived his entire life in the Netherlands/ Rotterdam. Perhaps this is the reason why his main exhibitions were also held in this city. van Rest had exhibitions at the Museum Boymans van Beuningen ( catalogue available at http://www.ftn-books.com ) and the Witte de With space.

At first you have to grow accustomed to his art. The way he looks at reality is transformed into a personal kind of art. The source is almost always reality. Transformed, enhanced, enlarged, cut and thereafter transformed into his personal art.

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Tiong Ang (1961)

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The work of TIONG ANG spans a wide array of media, from collective performance, experimental film, through video and installation to painting, photography, and the display of objects. His practice across these forms centers around the social, emotional and existential consequences and negotiation of dislocation, disparate identities, and dispersion of imagery. _ Recurring themes are the impact of mass and digital media on individual perspective and collective memory, and the anxieties evoked by mobility and globalization. In these hybrid contexts, Ang addresses multiple modes of human presence and representation, using social intervention and juxtaposition, chance and communality, mockery and disguise. He explores subjective positions in divided, ambivalent, and collective conditions, be it on ethical, ethnic, or sociopolitical grounds. _Initially an object/painting based studio artist, from the mid-1990s Ang has expanded his production including experimental film, performative and relational enactments, interdisciplinary collaborations and curated projects. In a divergent practice, he examines authority and sustainability of images and narratives. The common thread in the work is the conflict between detached objectivity and engaged subjectivity; it demonstrates how universal media not only affect our perceptions of places and events but also denote our concept of reality. Elements of selfhood, cultural meaning, and social absorption have emerged in a diversity of mediated images. Thus, human perception and behaviour converge in complexities of disparate truths. The persona of the artist, distorted by media based projections, is the ultimate body to explore the human experience.

The above text comes from the Tiong Ang site.

www.ftn-books.com has recently added 2 important Tiong Ang publications to its inventory.

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Marie-Jo Lafontaine (1950)

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An artist who’s works i encounter regularly whenever i visit a European museum is Marie-Jo Lafontaine. Hardly known outside Europe but one of the better known contemporary artists since her Documenta appearance in 1987. The famous Kassel exhibition was at that time curated by Rudi Fuchs and Lafontaine made a name for herself with Larmes d’Acier

This does not mean that her works before 1987 were not interesting. They certainly were , but Video related art is not the most accessible kind of art and these installations by Lafontaine . are no exception. Still the importance of her works is recognized by many and one hopes that a retrospective will be held in the near future. Showing the true quality of her poetic video art.

there are some Marie-Jo Lafontaine books available at http://www.ftn-books.com

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Paul de Nooijer (1946)

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Paul de Nooijer , filmaker and photograph announced his retirement in 2012. He did not want to repeat himself. So he focussed on his cooperation with his son Menno de Nooijer who is an artist too. De Nooijer is/was a pioneer in dutch staged photography and he even made some video clips for MTV. You can consider his photography and films like short stories in images in which he often uses stop-motion techniques.

This medium is hard to translate into a printed publication, but some efforts have been made and these are available at www.ftn-books.com

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Gerry Schum ( 1938 -1973)

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Rightfully he may be called one of the true pioneers of Video art.

Because of his early contribtions to the collection of the Stedelijk Museum resulted in an exhibition ( which catalogue is available at http://www.ftn-books.com) and the hsitory and development of Video art during the last 50 years. Th Stedelijk has made a permanent presentation of his :

Schum made Land Art as part of his Fernseh-Galerie Gerry Schum. The German television station Sender Freies Berlin broadcasted this film on 15 April 1969. Schum was looking for a way to show modern visual art to a wide audience. He achieved this by broadcasting his film and video productions on television, bypassing the traditional institutions. The TV programme showed recordings of artistic interventions in the landscape by eight artists, including Jan Dibbets, Barry Flanagan and Richard Long. Schum’s own sober camera work is an essential element of the visual end result. Jan Dibbets’ contribution 12 Hours Tide Object with Correction of Perspective shows a tractor leaving behind a trapezium-shaped track on a beach. The position of the camera and the effect of the perspective mean that the viewer sees this shape as a rectangle. Dibbets was casting doubt on the reliability of representation via the camera and on the perception of the eye, as he had done previously in his ‘perspective corrections’.
It takes time to appreciate Video as an art form , but when you finally do so , there is an artist not te be missed and that is Gerry Schum.

btw. The Gerry Schum catalogue was designed by Wim Crouwel.

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Josephine Sloet site pages are now “live”

 

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It took a few meetings and some fine tuning but now , after a month of preparations, the page with Josephine Sloet paintings is now “live” at ftn-blog.com/josephine-sloet/

These paintings that are presented are all for sale and come from different periods from her career. One of my personal favorites is the TIME MOVING painting. It is a large, bold work of art and not for the faint of hearted, because it stands out and dominates its surroundings and beside that you can not avoid it since it is a very large work of art.  It measures an impressive 206 x 206 cm.

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A beautiful and impressive painting by Josephine Sloet. For more inquiries on this and other paintings by Josephine Sloet offered by FTN-art, please inquire at wvdelshout@ziggo.nl

The following video is made by Josephine Sloet:

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Walace Berman (1926-1976)

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You have to dig in a little deeper to appreciate the art of Wallace Berman. Wallace Berman a Collage artist who was of great influence to 60’s art in California.

He was an American visual and assemblage artist and  has been called the “father” of assemblage art.

I started to take an interest in Berman when i first acquired an impressive title on Berman at a huge discount at de Slegte bookstores in the Netherlands. They had stacks and stacks of these books , because the Berman ICA exhibition was not popular at all and many of the printed books were unsold. Published in 1992, it is now 25 years ago and has not lost its importance. This is an excellent book on Berman and shows the qualities of Berman as an Underground artist and the publisher of the ground breaking magazine Semina of which only 9 issues were published .

This excellent Berman book which was published with the Berman / ICA Amsterdam exhibition was printed by the best printer (Lecturis), has an excellent design and typography and is considered by me as one of the best exhibition publications in the Netherlands from the 90’s.