July 3, 2011

Salon/2 presents: Esther de Groot- Dolls/Nudes Portrets/Bronze Figurines- Droog

Esther de Groot presents a series of handmade lycra characters, each with unique individual features. Stripped of any additions to emphasize their nudity and imperfection. What’s left is the material and it’s application. Posture as well as a blank expression contribute to the over all feel of discomfort and desolation of each individual character.  

Esther de Groot was born in Enschede, the Netherlands in 1981. She graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2007-2009). After graduating she started her own Studio at the Kanaalstraat in Eindhoven. Besides working for different clients as Bas Kosters Studio en TU/e she also works on projects of her own in the field of Graphic Design and Character Design/Storytelling. 

Installation Esther de Groot (picture Marij Rynja)

SALON/2 presents: Petra Lunenburg - Giant Angels - Droog

                                                                                                         Image: 'Giant Angels - Petra Lunenburg' by Marij Rynja 2011

Words such as dynamic, suggestive, free and linear can be used to describe Petra Lunenburg’s fashion drawings. Though traditional in terms of technique and subject, her work is usually far from that. 
For SALON 2 Petra Lunenburg created ‘Giant Angels’, a collage of blown ups based on much smaller drawings recently created during her stay in New York City where she studied Life figure drawing. By playing with scale and combing images unexpected stories appear adding a new layer to her work. ‘Giant Angels’ picture a world freed from nowadays beauty standards, ambiguously sweet and provocative, but most of all highly intimate.

Illustrator artist Petra Lunenburg obtained a degree in Fashion Design at ARTEZ, The Netherlands. Represented by The Angelique Hoorn Agency in Amsterdam, she has worked for clients such as Adidas, Nike, G-Star, ELLE & Red. Alongside she showed several times as a fine artist, in The Netherlands, as well as in New York (2010 & 2011) & San Francisco (2011). She recently received a grant by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, to study ‘Life figure drawing’ at The Art Students League in New York City.

SALON/2 presents: BAS KOSTERS - Free Work 2010/2011 - Droog

"My exhibition is a collage of my free work from 2010 and 2011. Next to my latest dolls it contains a series of drawings made as communicative gestures sent into the world through my blog. Characters are an important part of my universe and I am most passionate about creating new individuals.   

Strings Attached is a new addition to a project that I started during my master at FIA (Fashion Masters ArtEZ Arnhem, red.)  There I designed an item called sliertie animeaux, and it is the inspiration for a technique that I now and then use.
This January I made three outfits for my fashion mutant collection, with the significant ripped fabric strings. 
I decided now is the time to go back to my original idea and create a major follow up that will be a starting point of a new series of works". 

Bas Kosters, 2011. 
image: 'Bas Kosters Salon/2' - Marij Rynja 2011         .
Bas Kosters (1977) was graduated from the Fashion Institute Arnhem in 2003, where straight after he got instand recognition winning the Robijn Fashion Award. During the 2009 edition of the Dutch Fashion Awards Bas Kosters won the Dutch Fashion Incubator Award 2009 and in 2010 he won the Dutch Fashion International Incubator Award 2010.

In 2005 Bas founded the Amsterdam-based Bas Kosters Studio as a platform to host all his fashion and fashion-related projects (including graphic design, music and art performances). Bas is well known as a multitalented, eclectic designer with a keen eye for innovation in both fashion and arts. His work is highly recognizable by his rich use of color, intensive embroideries, signature prints and a unique sense of humour, resulting in a multidisciplinary oeuvre, which evolves over time.
Bas Kosters is a strong and growing brand resulting in presentations of his work all over the world and collaborations with leading brands like Bugaboo, Coca Cola Light, Mattel, Heineken and Kiyichi Jeans.
Bas Kosters fashion, dolls and drawings can be purchased at the SALON/2 Pop up Store - Oudezijds Voorburgwal 153, Amsterdam

AMIE DICKE - After-Image/Under-current - Museum Van Loon

“Every attentive perception truly involves a reflection, that is to say the projection, outside ourselves, of an actively created image, identical with, or similar to, the object on which it comes to mould itself. If, after having gazed at any object, we turn our eyes abruptly away, we obtain an ‘after image’ of it: must we not suppose that this image existed already while we were looking?

Memory creates anew the present perception; or rather it doubles this perception by reflecting upon it either its own image or some other memory image of the same kind. If the retained or remembered image will not cover all the details of the image that is being perceived, an appeal is made to the deeper and more distant regions of memory, until other details that are already known come to project themselves upon those details that remain unperceived. And the operation may go on indefinitely; memory strengthening and enriching perception, which
in its turn becoming wider, draws into itself a growing number of complementary recollections.

There comes a moment when the recollection thus brought down is capable of blending so well with the present perception that we cannot say where perception ends or where memory begins”.  From: Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory.

Amie Dicke (born 1978, The Netherlands) is an artist based in Amsterdam. She completed her degree in Fine Art from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
Dicke’s work has been shown internationally at galleries and museums such as the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany, Tate Modern and Project Space 176 in London, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, and Art Centre Silkeborg Bad in Denmark. Her work is featured in several collections including the Zabludowicz Collection, Takashi Murakami Collection and the City Collection of Rotterdam through the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. She is represented by Peres Projects in Berlin, Galerie Diana Stigter in Amsterdam and Hiromi Yoshii in Tokyo.