As a former Rome Scholar (1996) I was very fortunate to be granted the summer residency at the British School of Rome in September 2016. It proved a massively inspirational and highly productive month in a wonderful city. Living again in my favourite city, exposed to the architecture and artworks so fundamental to our present culture generated a large amount of new works, paintings and works on paper.
Starting point: one quick sketch of a tulip, oil on
architectural tracing paper, which was found after forced eviction from by
beloved studio in East London.More tulips began to grow, bigger, the purple become darker,
almost black and no leaves, no support to hold them.However around them there were green lands, lands with hills
that turned into mountains and there were people – you could see them in the
distance if you looked carefully, some of them you knew, they were howling and asking
for your help but somehow you couldn’t hear them properly, nor could you
understand what exactly they were saying.But of course, like everything else in this world it was all
about money:The collapse of a system you had trusted implicitly, an economy
that had reared supported your system for years on end.
21 February until 14 April 2013 Opening Sunday 24th of February at 16.00
In Critical State is about the current
political climate in the Netherlands, the country where the Dutch artist is
working and living.
In contradiction to the open and
relative safe Dutch culture we see foreign artist on barricades against oppression
or an unwanted political, financial situation, although it seems. The theory:
more oppression, political instability or environmental unsafely leads to
heavier protest (in art). How do we 'Dutch artist' relate to that?
Participating Dutch artist:
Jos Deenen, Martijn Engelbregts, Mo
Fazel, Willum Geerts, Stijn Peters, Robert Pennekamp
Participating foreign artist are: Jack
Addis, ATYL Alexandra Lee, Paul Clay, Paul Mc Cormick, Frank Williams, Harley
Price, Maria Sevastaki, Sophie Sanders, Madeleine Strindberg and Mad for real-
Cai Yuan an jj Xi
The exhibition will be openend Sunday
24th February , You are welcome
Guest speakers are : Dr. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth is
associate professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Utrecht
and participating artist Paul Mc Cormick