July 21, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Desiree Hammen at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Desiree Hammen at the Oude Kerk

A plant a tree and me (2014)

Plants communicate with people, plants react to music, plants have feelings.

This is the essence of The Secret Life of Plants, a book by Peter Tompkins and

Christopher Bird, published in 1973. In the end, humans and plants are closely

related, so it’s not strange that they ‘communicate’ to each other. Humans seems

to be prevailing in this peculiar relationship. But if you are standing in the jungle,

between these giant plants, that you also have in your living room in a 50 cm

version, you feel super-tiny. You feel flabbergasted by the power, the charisma

and the eternity that carry within them.

About: Desirée Hammen (1976) graduated at Artez Institute of the Arts in Arnhem,

2003. In 2012 she finished her training at the famous Ecole Lesage in Paris.

Desirée is ‘master’ in haute couture embroiderie and combines classic techniques

with her free, autonomous work. Over the last years Desirée participated in

exhibitions and projects in Amsterdam, Istanbul, Shanghai, New York and Beijing.

July 20, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Conny Groenewegen at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Conny Groenewegen at the Oude Kerk

With a Big Bang I was born and saw the light, immediate and irreversible.
Everything that came after seemed to be slow, slower, slowest compared to the urgency of that one first moment. That moment was decisive for what was to follow and it still leads me the way through abstractions as time and space as an internal compass.
In Primary Explorers I show one black dress, a jumpsuit and a black smock with a reflective trousers that will also be figuring in a video. The designs result of a few slow processus like knitting and seamlessly connecting the parts by hand before felting them. This way of working shows in the layering of the fabric and in the final compact shape of the garments. They seem to have absorbed time and will absorb the gaze if you give it time. Then it is about absolute light and darkness in the visual language of reflection and again absorption. (connygroenewegen.com)

About: Conny Groenewegen (1973) explores the evolution of ideas at the interface of fashion, technology and design.
While being fascinated by the technical and societal implications of the industrialisation of
fashion design, her work is always a reflection of the human measure. The tension between
mechanisation and handwork, industry and artisan, is clearly observable in her designs.
Collections, selection: "Rupture", laser cut contours and incisions in abstract 3d lace patterns. Giving insight in the consequences of optimizing mechanised pattern cutting.
“Alchemy”, transformations of earthly materials like wool and silk into new elements of style and devotion. “Primary Explorers”, opening show at the Tokyo Fashion Week, spring 2013.
Mercedes-Benz Dutch Fashion Award winner —2011 Conny Groenewegen teaches ”design and fashion” at several (inter)national fashion and design institutes.

July 19, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Herman Verhagen at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Herman Verhagen at the Oude Kerk

Herman Verhagen, GIB GNAB
About: Herman Verhagen, the potter, graduated in 2003 at the
Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Starting in 2009, he became an apprentice of Karin Dessag in Paris.
There he did a year's fulltime course to master all possible shapes,
from espresso cups to garden vase.

Glazing he learned from Marc Uzan.
In Le Mans (also in France) he learned a technique for structural glazing research,
to get these glazes exactly how they are wanted.

Since 2011 J.C. HERMAN Ceramics opened it's doors,
where all works by Herman Verhagen are sold in the shop that is connected to the studio.
Also series for other shops are being produced here,
as well as private orders and commands of companies. (photocredits: Mimi Berlin)

July 18, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Elke Baggen at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Elke Baggen at the Oude Kerk

Elke Baggen, When stalagmite met stalacite it must have been love
About: Elke Baggen (Geleen, 1987) lives and works in Amsterdam. After finishing her
Bachelor degree Industrial Design Enginering at the Technical University Delft,
she studied at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2012 she graduated
from the Image & Language department with the installation “A rigid nature and it’s animated representation”. Her work has been exhibited by KunstKamers Rotterdam, the W139 and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.