July 24, 2014

SALON/ Big Bang - sermon or work of art?

SALON/ Big Bang - sermon or work of art?
SALON/ Big Bang - sermon or work of art

Over the period of the exhibition SALON/Big Bang (27 June – 24 August) Reverend Eddy Reefhuis will discuss a selection of contemporary art works, currently shown in the Oude Kerk, as part of his regular Sunday sermon.
You are welcome to attend these ‘art sermons’ on Sunday July 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24, from 10:45 – 12:15 (door closes at 11: 00) in the Oude Kerk. Admission is free and the main language is Dutch. (photocredits; screenshot of the Oude Kerk website)

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.

July 15, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Katja Mater at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Katja Mater at the Oude Kerk

Katja Mater, courtesy of Galerie Martin van Zomeren (photocredits: Mimi Berlin)

About: Katja Mater
(1979, Hoorn) is a graduate of Gerrit Rietveld Academie and De Ateliers. She has been nominated for the Prix de Rome, the Dutch Doc Award and the Royal Award for Painting.
Since 2009 she has been exhibiting her work in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy,
Portugal and USA. Katja Mater's work originates from an interest in themes such as the experience of time in photography, the documentation of moments and situations with intangible characteristics, the
exploration of the limits of human perception, and the specifications of the analogue medium
of photography from a meta perspective. Mater's approach is much closer to drawing and painting and through a complex process that involves multiple negatives masks, she opposes
the uniqueness of drawing to the multiplicity of her outcomes.

July 14, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Marc Bijl at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Marc Bijl at the Oude Kerk
'Broken 2012-19 October' is an obelisk which represents in Bijl’s version version for the
mathematical beauty of the unknown; the disruptive chaotic surface of broken mirrors and black
epoxy, which stands for the life that lies behind you.
It has, by chance, become a personal work: a tribute to the artist’s father whose funeral took
place on the day of the opening of Bijl’s exhibition, hence the date in the title.(http://www.studiomarcbijl.com/)

About: Marc Bijl (Leerdam, 7 July 1970) is a Dutch artist who lives and works in Berlin. His works are based upon social issues and their use of symbols and rules. This can result in interventions in
the public space, sculptures or installations that undermine or underline this perception of the

His new media and installation work has been shown in the Istanbul Modern, Beijing Design Week,
European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Fundación Telefonica in Lima, Istanbul Design Biennale, Amsterdam Museum, Pixxelpoint Festival in Slovenia, Olympus Photographry Playground, Berlin, shaded view on fashion film festival, Centre Pompidou Paris, Kasteel Keukenhof, the Netherlands, the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, Marres, Maastricht, Salon Amsterdam, and Mediamatic, amongst many others. (photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

July 13, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Chris Kabel at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Chris Kabel at the Oude Kerk
Chris Kabel combines an interest in hardcore science with an intuitive, artistic approach to the design
of plain objects that everybody uses in his daily life. After studying biochemistry at the University of
Amsterdam, Industrial Design at the Technical University Delft (both only for a short period), he continued at the Design Academy Eindhoven, where he graduated in 2001 in the department Man and Living.

This lamp by Chris Kabel produces light that is exactly the same as daylight on a sunny day.
Special particles in the resin diffuse the LED light in the same way as the sunlight that enters
the atmosphere. Hence the lamp is blue too, like the sky. The blue light can help in the case of
winter time depression. (photocredits: Mimi Berlin)

July 12, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Maria van Daalen at the Amstelkerk

 SALON/Big Bang: Maria van Daalen at the Amstelkerk during the second opening

veve Milokan
Couldn't resist doing something funny for once - same image you sometimes find on a drapo
G for God, for Geomancy and much more...
veve for Manbo Metwes Erzulie Freda Dahomey
drapo Dambala / Bosou (artist: Maxon Scylla)
drapo Agwe (artist: Evelyn Alcide)
veve for Bawon/Gede
veve Milokan

"The drawings that were made, are all according to traditional designs [in Haitian Vodou]. These are called 'veve'. There are lots and lots of examples online, cf. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veve Note: There are 401 spirits (but this is a mythical number and it's probably far larger). Every spirit and group of spirits has his/her/its own veve. Every Vodou congregation (a 'House') has different veve. A Manbo or Houngan (priest) should know hundreds of veve by heart and be able to make them like I did yesterday." at the Amstelkerk 2nd opening of Salon/Big Bang  _Maria van Daalen
(photocredits: Gijs Stork)

SALON/Big Bang: Martin Butler & Floris Didden at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Martin Butler & Floris Didden at the Oude Kerk
In a Landscape (Digital print on Wood 2014) is a collaboration project between artist and stage director Martin Butler and digital painter Floris Didden. Inspired by early 19th centuary theatre design, Floris created a three dimensional digital painting allowing you to enter into a fairy realm. Using the classical stage principles of Trompe-l'œil, and forced perspective, the viewer is able to peer into and enter this represenation of a world between worlds. The piece was orginally commissioned for the mediamatic lightness exhibition " Fays, Fairies and Other Magical Creatures".

About: Floris Didden
is a digital painter and art director and is the founder of Karakter, the twice emmy award
winning gaming visual studio, best known for their visual design works for the television series Game of Thrones.

About: Martin Butler is a British born interdisciplinary artist and stage director. He was trained in Drama at
Manchester University, and then later Choreography and Performance at Amsterdam School of the Arts, in the Netherlands. His work always bridged and combined various disciplines, dance, theatre, music, film, performance, new media, and fashion, and through this interdisciplinary approach his work explores the new dramatic that the combination of different genres facilitate.

July 11, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Ken Wolff at Magazijn

SALON/Big Bang: Ken Wolff at Magazijn

SALON/Big Bang: Karin Arink at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Karin Arink at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Karin Arink at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Karin Arink at the Oude Kerk
 Karin Anink, Wat tussen ons is. ( www.dekko.nl )
About: Karin Arink (1967) graduated from the Academy in Rotterdam in 1990 and was participant of the
Rijksakademie from 1990-1992. She won the First Prize Prix de Rome Sculpture in 1992 and wa
nominated for a.o. the Illy Prize 2005. Her work is widely exhibited in group shows in the Netherlands and abroad. Also, Arink has an active career in the field of culture at large. Since 1999 she is lecturer, coach and juror at various academies and since 2012 department coordinator at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam.
Karin Arink lives and works in Rotterdam. Karin Arink (1967) graduated in 1990 at the academy in Rotterdam and was participant in the Rijksakademie from 1990-1992.
She won the First Prize Prix de Rome Sculpture in 1992. Her work is widely exhibited in group shows in the Netherlands and abroad, e.g. ‘Exorcism / Esthetic Terrorism’ in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (2000), ‘Territoria’ in Prato 2005 and ‘Kleider machen Kunst’ in the Gerhard Marcks Haus Bremen 2011. Solo exhibitions in the Van Abbemuseum in 1994, De Pont in 2006 and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam in 2008. Her work has been represented in catalogues and is well received by the written press (reviews by a.o. Wilma Sütö, Din Pieters, Anne Berk, Paola van de Velde, Roos van Put, etc.). Also, she has an active career in the field of culture at large. Karin Arink writes and publishes regula and is juror. Since 1999 she is lecturer and juror at various academies and since 2012 department coordinator in the Willem de Kooning academy Rotterdam. Karin Arink lives and works in Rotterdam (photocredits; Mimi Berlin)

July 10, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Navid Nuur at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Navid Nuur at the Oude KerkSALON/Big Bang: Navid Nuur at the Oude Kerk

Heavenly Navid Nuur arrived in the chapel for SALON/BIG BANG. Till August 24 in the Oude Kerk — with courtesy of Martin van Zomeren

SALON/Big Bang: Studio rENs

SALON/Big Bang: Studio rENs at the Oude Kerk
RenS (Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren) always go their own way , but actively pursue
collaboration. Spontaneity is important to them, but they perform extensive research before getting
down to work, and love exploring boundaries. RenS operate as a duo in order to enable continuous

sparring and pushing each other to the limit. This creates the twist in many of their designs. 
Since they took off in 2008, RenS collaborated with partners like Desso, Cor Unum, Zuiderzeemuseum, Texielmuseum and Lynfabrikken. RenS followed their hearts with RED, a study into meanings and applications of that one specific colour with the strong connotations in multiple areas. Their studio is located in Eindhoven.

July 9, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Doorhout Mees at the Amstelkerk

SALON/Big Bang: Doorhout Mees at the Amstelkerk
Doorhout Mees

About: The label Dorhout Mees was founded by Dutch designer Esther Louise Dorhout Mees. After her studies at ArtEZ Academy of Arts in Arnhem and many years of working as a designer for established labels, such as Bruuns Bazaar and Tommy Hilfiger, it was time to start her own label.

Dorhout Mees is distinctive in its elegant style. It is feminine and conceptual, but wearability is always an important element. Organic forms contrasted sharp next to constructual forms. The base of all collections are prints, silk, wool and delicate knits. Combined with the use of wearable unconventional materials.

Fasinaction of the constant connection between body and material, covering and uncovering of the female body is always the starting point. Contradictions in structures, silhouette and textures are the essence of the collections. (photocredits: Mimi Berlin)


Opening Thursday July 10th : 12.00 - 18.00.



In his contribution to the Big Bang edition of Salon, Vonck delved deep
into his fascination and fear for the scientific method. First he follows
the “Lone Observers” on their quest for the exploration of human lust and
desire. He understands their affinity to moral seclusion and sees their
inclination towards ruthless objectivism.

Then he directs our attention towards the stars with a radio telescope his
father worked on as young engineer. And we see the grounds on which these
instruments of expectation and hope were build: “We are all Big Bang

At last Vonck presents us the man made star child. Our celestial prodigy
that will provide us with limitless energy and will finally elevate us
from our humble earth: “The Hot Fusion Seduction.”

The Resonator Exhibition at DITS is part of Salon Amsterdam, Big Bang
Edition. The works can be seen from 10th of July to 24th of August.

Hope to see you at Thursday, otherwise: The works are exhibited in an area
of Amsterdam that never sleeps. Come an see them in their nocturnal

SALON/Big Bang: Fracture Space by Liselore Frowijn

SALON/Big Bang: Fracture space by Liselore Frowijn at the Oude Kerk

During SALON/Big Bang fashion designer Liselore Frowijn will present her new collection
and fragrance. Liselore recently graduated cum laude at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in
Arnhem in 2013 on her bachelor of fashion design. With her final collection she won the
Frans Molenaar Couture Award and participated in the Festival International de Mode
et de Photographie à Hyères last April, where she won the Grand Prix with her design
for Chloé. This year she worked on several projects such as for Vlisco and participated on
several exhibitions. During the last months Frowijn worked on her new collection.
In her work Liselore is permanently searching for the clash on sportswear and luxury.
The concept of her new collection ‘’Fracture space’’ is based on the wardrobe of a woman
who is fully at ease with herself. She moves elegantly and dynamically in space, and lets no
person interrupt her energy. Instinctively she knows the base of pure luxury. The silhouette
is based upon biking-jackets, carried out in tweed, and finished with sporty pipings.
Liselore combined her own developed and hand painted fabrics with materials from the
outdoor industry, together with rich jacquards from Italy. With this collection she caught all vibrations of this enervating year: all bits and pieces that surrounded her and developed her signature. Like the auras of Kokoschka, his powerful paintings displayed the energy of his characters; he unrevealed their soul on almost an animal kind of way with his rough brush. His work inspired Frowijn to develop rhythmic prints, floral and striped, carried out in colours of the night. (photocredits: JW Kaldenbach)

July 8, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Maartje Jaquet at the Amstelkerk

SALON/Big Bang: Maartje Jaquet at the Amstelkerk

Maartje Jaquet, Madonna and Child, collage series.
Artist statement:
I work in different media: video art, photography, poetry.
My latest passion is collage, handmade with scissors, tape and glue.
In the Madonna&Child series I combine pictures from second hand art history books with plain images from how-to-take-care-of-your-indoor-plants kind of books. I cut away, replace, juxtapose, intertwine and overlap parts of these sacred and so well known images of Maria and her baby Jesus with images of flowers, leaves, branches and fruit, thus playing with concepts of fertility and immaculate conception, mother earth and the divine, life and death, love and loss.
(photocredits: courtesy of the artist/Mimi Berlin)

SALON/Big Bang; Frank Bruggeman at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang; Answered Prayers by Frank Bruggeman at the Oude Kerk

 ABOUT: Frank Bruggeman (Noordoostpolder, 1966) lives and works in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Frank Bruggeman is a graduate of Academy of Arts, Arnhem and National Highschool of Horticulture, Nijmegen. Since 2002 he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions including
Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam), Salone Internationale di Mobile(Milan) and Museum
of Modern Art (Arnhem). His works are part of the permanent collection of Boijmans van
Beuningen (Rotterdam). Frank Bruggeman's work evinces a great fascination with nature, and especially with plant materials, which result in installations, so-called flowerpieces and plantscapes and designs for interiors and the public realm. The main topic in his work is floral nature. The outcome is positioned in the field of art and design, questioning both areas. Bruggemans loose and playful compositions are however more than just decorative. The result is a balance between a natural
and artificial approach which mostly depends on the given context. His body of work contains
installations, objects, photography and design for public space. Nature always refers to itself
as a local or exotic botanical element. As a mental contrast he uses industrial artefacts which
are coated with a special highly unnatural blue colour. (photocredits: Mimi Berlin)

July 7, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: NoMan at the Amstelkerk

SALON/Big Bang: NoMan at the Amstelkerk

NOMAN creates installations composed of separate sculptures that are a distillation of everyday reality. These are abstractions of form, material and colour, just the elements themselves. The ingredients for our imagery are drawn from the world around us, but do not refer back to it; they are part of a new Utopia.

By isolating objects from their functionality and altering their form (re-tailoring them, as it were) we breathe new life into them, as with the curtains in the NOSHO project. There is nothing that alludes to the former use of the drapes and we imbue them with a new lease of live, giving them a personality and a distinctive identity.

The proportion of the forms to the human scale is highly important for this personification; they should fit a human being, as it were. The sculptures therefore suggest the calm, silent presence of a notional character. This serves as a means for us to encourage the sculptures to enter into a relationship with the public, but also establishes relationships between the objects themselves and between the elements from which they are composed. We do this so that the public can recognise themselves in this human scale.

These constituent elements imply a common bond, a familiar origin, and this is what makes the staging complete: in their group formation the sculptures function like a ‘super-organism’ or tribe that manifests itself in conjunction with or in antithesis to the public; rather than repel the public, the installation subsequently integrates them.

The complete installations are evocative of fictitious scenes featuring abstract characters. The palette and composition propagates an insistent, ominous atmosphere. The references to what we know and recognise in the images are fragments, isolated insinuations. By means of concealment and omission we ratchet up the suspense in this alienated world. The resulting tension generates a subconscious flux of feelings in onlookers, putting their senses on alert.

This dark layer plays an important part in our work and we believe that it is also deployable in media other than sculpture. Proceeding from this idea we produced a film, The Final Result Should Be Wonderful, which is an assemblage of suggestive elements and in that regard continues a line of approach which is similar to that in the rest of our work. Once again the image comprises a choreographed grouping, in this case of real people, among whom there is a mutual bond. This bond is reinforced by the introduction of a deed, namely the action/reaction of passing on the kiss.

A characteristic feature of the formal idiom we employ is a multiplicity of materials presented in simple, abstract forms. For example, the NOCOM installation is composed of 4,000 individual threads that are fashioned into solid units, transforming the fragility into powerful, abstract shapes. What we aim to achieve is an aesthetic that makes the public feel they are involved with a complexity that does not repel, but is clear-cut, intelligible and orderly. Such complexity simultaneously implies that there are multiple angles of approach and observation points. In general the works have no front or rear, nor do they direct the public to adopt a particular standpoint. Unequivocal perception does not constitute an interesting or realistic representation of the world as we experience and perceive it.

The creation of our images stems from an intrinsic, intuitive mode of collaboration. The abstract language that we employ as a collaborative duo is one that we mutually and intuitively understand. It is not a verbal language, given that the aim of our method of working is to break free of the world as we know it. It is possible for us to communicate with each other in a visual language through which we understand each other very clearly. For example, during the development of a work we both sense when a component might need to be shifted an inch to the left. For us this indicates that there are certain truths which are impossible to pin down on rational grounds, which provides the opportunity to connect with each other spiritually. It is this connection that we are ultimately seeking to establish with our public as well: we do not provide them with a narrative and the situation in which they find themselves is not made explicit. This means that there is an intuitive exchange of information rather than a rationalised imparting of information.

NOMAN was founded in 2010 by Lara Tolman and Selina Parr to work together under one name.

SALON/Big Bang; Mimi Berlin at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang; Evolutionary Extravaganza by Mimi Berlin at the Oude Kerk
(photocredits; JW Kaldenbach) 

Mimi Berlin member a-MB-iance created the Evolutionary Extravaganza especially for Salon/Big Bang, it’s an installation reminiscent of an ancient and worn down mini laboratory cum museum, in which statuettes of imaginary animals and other life forms are on show. Mimi Berlin’s Evolutionary Extravaganza offers a comprehensive explanation for a broad range of observed phenomena in animal species, such as for instance the Canis Collum Longus (Doggie Longneck), born from the imagination of a-MB-iance and created with the fascination for life in centuries gone by in mind. All the statuettes are unique, signed pieces and are made with vintage-de-luxe found objects.
Left: Ich Will Ein Fisch Im Wasser Sein by Mimi Berlin & Gem Kingdom, 2014/ Right: Canis Collum Longus (Doggie Longneck) (photocredits: courtesy of the artist)

Mimi Berlin is a creative collective, based in Amsterdam. Their aim and mission is to inspire each other through fashion, interior, graphic design and art related projects, also to inspire their clients to the best things in life as well. www.mimiberlin.com

Canis Collum Longus (Doggie Longneck)Canis Collum Longus (Doggie Longnec

Canis Collum Longus (Doggie Longneck)

Canis Collum Longus (Doggie Longneck)

July 6, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: fORS at the Amstelkerk

SALON/Big Bang: fORS at the Amstelkerk

fORS, Fast Nacht

About: fORS is a dutch label with German roots which makes conceptual clothes, abstract yet wearable, ideally suited for both men and women looking for that one special tough looking piece.
Their designs are based on the vague balance between symmetry and asymmetry with daring, uneven cuts and contrasts.
fORS equals ageless and timeless designs with an extravagant sex appeal.

SALON/Big Bang: Qaina by Siba Sahabi at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang: Qaina by Siba Sahabi at the Oude Kerk
Siba Sahabi is presenting 'Qaina' (short film) and 'Tarab' (sculptures) - The short film entitled ‘Qaina’ is dedicated to the historical female dancers who were known as Qainas. They worked as highly-educated slaves in the courts of the Ottoman Empire and played an important role in developing oriental dance throughout the centuries.
This project was realized in collaboration with: Sara Toscano (dance), Iván Pérez (choreography), Rutger Zuydervelt/ Machinefabriek (music), Niels van den Top (film direction), Paul Damen (cinematography), Lisa Klappe (photography), Stefanie Zweifel (assistance), and Alexander Spiliopoulos (CAD modeling) (photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)

July 5, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Crystal Z Campbell at Magazijn

 SALON/Big Bang: Crystal Z Campbell at Magazijn

Crystal Z Campbell, False Positives.

Read more about these drawings HERE

About: Crystal Z Campbell (b. 1980, Prince George’s County, MD) attended Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, received an MA in Africana Studies from the University at Albany and an MFA from the University of California San Diego. Her work has been exhibited at ICA-Philadelphia, Fondazione Ratti, Studio Museum in Harlem, New Children’s Museum of San Diego, Wave Hill Garden and Cultural Center, Project Row Houses, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Harvestworks, Galleria Artericambi and de Appel Arts Centre among others.

In 2014, Campbell will be a Sommerakademie fellow at Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. Campbell was a Van Lier Fellow at the Whitney Museum of Art’s Independent Study Program and recently finished a two-year residency at the Rijkakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where she currently lives and works.

SALON/Big Bang; MaryMe-JimmyPaul at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang; MaryMe-JimmyPaul at the Oude Kerk
(photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)
SALON/Big Bang; MaryMe-JimmyPaul at the Oude Kerk

MaryMe-JimmyPaul works with the area that exists between art and fashion. Taking inspiration from their own created stories, worlds, people and view on the current (and past) pop culture, they show fashion in a different way.

Constantly pushing the boundaries of shape, textures and colors, they raise eyebrows with their big, sculptural works that not only provide a surprising look, but also evoke a feeling. This feeling, or emotion, is one of the most important factors in the works of MaryMe-JimmyPaul. It explains to the viewer what the collection is about and what the label stands for at that particular time.

With the help of different disciplines from the art and fashion world, MaryMe-JimmyPaul takes the viewer into the beautiful, eerie, humorous, bizarre, grandiose fantasy fashion world of MaryMe-JimmyPaul, through its unique presentation. The end result is an explosion in the face, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

July 4, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: Robin de Vogel at Magazijn

SALON/Big Bang: Robin de Vogel at Magazijn
Robin de Vogel, I twisted more than my neck

About: Robin de Vogel How do we relate to the objects around us?
Oftentimes, this question functions as a starting point for Robin de Vogel’s work. Intrigued by the object’s ability to narrate elements of our personal lives, she looks for the moment in which we decide to attach ourselves to an object.

Zooming in on fragments allows her to excavate personal fascinations and simultaneously reflect on society on a larger scale. The applied transformation of material is used to dig into the various layers of meaning, uncovering a very private and intimate connection with the object.

Whether it is a worn out sexdoll, a dusty floor mat, a broken tile, a disregarded trash bin or a souvenir; Robin tries to find the point at which an object is no longer anonymous, ultimately leaving the viewers to question their own roles as owners of objects.

Robin de Vogel was born in Holland and raised in Aruba.
She is currently living and working in the Netherlands.

SALON/Big Bang: Celestial Teapot Project by Joris Landman

SALON/Big Bang: From Dust by Joris Landman
SALON/Big BangCelestial Teapot Project by Joris Landman at the Oude Kerk 

www.celestialteapotproject.com  is a series of events and presentations, 2014–ongoing by Joris Landman

Project description
Artist and designer Joris Landman wants to put a teapot in orbit around the sun. During SALON/Big Bang, he presents an update on his Celestial Teapot Project. The image of a teapot floating in space comes from a 1950s article about religion, by thinker and scientist Bertrand Russell. In that text, Russell compared the belief in a god to the belief in a teapot orbiting the sun. Over the following 60+ years, that image was spread in many iterations and variations. It has acquired iconic status in scientific and digital culture, and has become a symbol for philosophical questions about reality. Joris is fascinated by the Celestial Teapot. Why and how are this imagery, and the ideas it represents, being perpetuated? Working from the assumption that the best way to understand how a thing works, is to actually make it, Joris aims to launch a teapot into space, following the literal words from the original article. He is bringing together a group of individuals and organizations to share this goal, and to turn the virtual icon into actual reality. The output of the project is an ongoing series of events, presentations and collaborations—with experts ranging from theologians to astrophysicists and ceramists, on subjects ranging from Christian liturgy to Silicon Valley and Alice in Wonderland—until that goal is realized. www.celestialteapotproject.com

Joris Landman works as an independent graphic designer for local, national and international clients
with a focus on creative industries and digital media. He also does commissioned and non-commissioned art and design projects in a wide range of media, which have been presented in international museums, manifestations and magazines. Constant in his work, is his interest in the emergence and storage of meaning through man-made signs and signals. www.jorislandman.com

(photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)

July 3, 2014

SALON/Big Bang; Marleen Elenbaas at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang; Marleen Elenbaas at the Oude Kerk
Marleen Elenbaas, Ordinary Glory

SALON/Big Bang; Klaas Kuiken & Peter van der West at the Oude Kerk

SALON/Big Bang; Being Jesus by Klaas Kuiken & Peter van der West at the Oude Kerk
You can be Jesus at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam! Upload your portrait to www.beingjesus.nl with your smartphone and within 5 seconds your face will be visible on the styrofoam sculpture of Jesus This interactive project "Being Jesus" is by Klaas Kuiken, productdesigner) and Peter van der West, interactive designer). (photocredits; JW Kaldenbach)

 About: Klaas Kuiken. In 2010 Klaas Kuiken graduated from ArtEZ School of Arts in Arnhem (NL). In his work process Kuiken is more an inventor and craftsman than a designer, which gives him a different, new look on materials, techniques and the production process. This approach provides
him with endless possibilities and - combined with his designing qualities- makes him an innovative
designer. For example, in the collection ‘New Found Treasures’ (in collaboration with Dieter Volkers), Klaas Kuiken’s work is characterized by his pleasure in experiment and research. Kuiken often aims to add new function and new value to his collection of ‘found treasures’. Without losing any of the work’s recognizability, Kuiken has shaped unplanned objects in which the treasures have found a new way to manifest themselves. The collection ‘New Found Treasures’ gives a poetic look at the things around us and the value of worthless.About: Peter van der West.

July 2, 2014

SALON/Big Bang: One Love at the Bijbels Museum

SALON/Big Bang: ONE LOVE at the Bijbels Museum; During the second opening of SALON/Big Bang "One Love" (Jarwo Gibson and Desiree Hammen) showed their work "Sun Gazing Love" in the garden of the Bijbels Museum, until the closing of SALON/Big Bang it can be viewed inside. (click images to enlarge)

(photocredits: Mimi Berlin)