Renie Spoelstra

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Renie Spoelstra uses film footage as a starting point for her charcoal drawings. The suede like and velvety texture is achieved by the many layers of charcoal, which are skilfully positioned on top of each other to re-create an almost cinematographic scene. The balance between darkness and soft beams of light is rendered through the many shades of black and grey, creating a notion that something may be lurking below the surface. Spoelstra’s deft, artistic sensitivity has created moods through landscape throughout her career.

The arduous process begins with a journey. For close to a decade, Spoelstra has travelled to coasts, lakes and beaches throughout the United States of America, looking for landscapes that speak to her. Once she has found these locations, she films the scenes, and using the stills from the footage she is able to move on to the next phase of conveying this personal representation of a geographic location.

Spoelstra looks for an atmosphere, and it is this atmosphere that she tries to re-create in her drawings. The dark hues, empty landscapes and sheer size of the works evoke an existential, melancholic sentiment, and allows for the viewer to lose oneself in each piece. Although these works are reproductions of real places, and are not imagined sceneries, the soulful nature of the drawings, and dark depths, reveal a personal interpretation of the artist’s emotion.

Themes of intensity, secrecy and mystery are reoccurring in Spoelstra’s works. There is an alluring and mythical feel of a place. The series ‘Stretching Universe’ refers to the scientific fact that our universe is expanding, while here on earth it feels as though it is shrinking with the rise of xenophobia, narrow-mindedness and the continuous threats of climate change. Fleeing, or escaping to nature is not as easy as it may seem.

Renie Spoelstra (1974) has studied at MFA Post-St. Joost, Breda and at the Academie Minerva in Groningen. She has exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad. Highlights are presentations at Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Rijksmuseum Twenthe. Her work has been included in renowned collections such as MACBA Barcelona, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Cobra Museum, Teylers Museum, Museum Voorlinden, Bouwfonds Kunstcollectie, Guerlain Fondation, and many other (private) collections. 

EDUCATION
2000
MFA Post-St. Joost, Breda, NL

1997
Academy of Fine Arts Minerva, Groningen, NL

1995
Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, NL

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2009
Publication stipend, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture ('Fonds BKVB Amsterdam')

2008
'Artist of the Year 2008' nomination national Dutch contest (3rd position) and winner of 'Talent of the Year 2008' organised by 'Kunstweek'

2006
Artist-In-Residence project in Kolderveen, The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture ('Fonds BKVB Amsterdam')

2005
Basic Stipend, The Netherlands
Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture ('Fonds BKVB Amsterdam')

2003
Starter Stipend, The Netherlands
Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture ('Fonds BKVB Amsterdam')

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014

Annual Benefit Contemporary Art, Witte de With, Rotterdam, NL
Generosity of Eye, documentary, Louis Dreyfus Collection, USA
Underneath, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL

2013
Het dod punt van de schommel, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, NL

2012
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
Met andere ogen"/ "Tekeningen uit de collectie Sanders" Teylers Museum Haarlem, NL

2011
Nabeelden, Drawing Centre Diepenheim, NL
Art Toronto, presented by Nicholas Metivier, (Ca)
Volta 7 Art Basel, Galerie Ron Mandos, Basel, (S)
I Promise to Love You, Caldic Collectie, Kunsthal Rotterdam, NL
The Armory Show, Galerie Ron Mandos, New York, NY USA
Renie Spoelstra, Nicholas Metivier Gallery Toronto, Canada

2010
Pop-up, London, UK

2009
Black Lung, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Renie Spoelstra, Fred London Gallery, London, UK

2007
Captured in gray, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL

2006
Renie Spoelstra, Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Kolderveen, NL
Recreatiegebieden, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL

2004
She who draws, initiative HEDAH, Maastricht, NL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 
Grand View / Narrow Mind, Galerie Ron Mandos, NL

2015
Nieuwe Gezichten op Dordrecht, Dordtse Vedute, Dordrechts Museum, NL
Amsterdam Art Fair, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Armory Show New York, USA

2014

Impromptu I, Frac Picardie Amiens, FR
Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE

2013
The Armory Show, Galerie Ron Mandos, New York, NY
Avro Kunstuur
Dark Matters, Tent, Rotterdam, NL
Donation Florence and Daniel Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR

2012
Uit de Schaduw, LUMC, Leiden, NL
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
Renie Spoelstra en Raquel Maulwurf, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL
Frames per Second, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2011
The Draughtsman's Contract, Cypress Gallery, Leuven (B)
Pearls of the North, Palais de l'Iena, Paris (FR)
All About Drawing. 100 Nederlandse Kunstenaars, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (NL)

2010
You Are Here, NL
Palinsesti 2010/Storyboard, San Vito Al Tagliamento, Italy
Schone Schijn, art event (Dutch dunes of) Heemskerk, NL
Collectie presentatie Kunst na 1945, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL
Liefde in de kunst, Museum Le Secet, NL
Op papier gezet, Van Daniels tot Dumas van Schleiffert tot Schoonhoven, Centraal Museum Utrecht, NL
Beroerd Landschap, Museum Belvedere, Heerenveen, NL
The Armory Show, Galerie Ron Mandos, New York, NY, USA

2009
In dit Uitzicht, Drawing Centre Diepenheim, NL
Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE
ARCO Madrid, Galerie Ron Mandos, Madrid, SP

2008
ARCO Madrid, Galerie Ron Mandos, Madrid, SP
Art Forum Berlin, Galerie Ron Mandos, Berlin, DE
Nieuwe Collectie,  Museum Wuyts-Van Campen, Lier, BE
Verloren paradijs, monumentaal tekenen, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL

2007
Satellite Staion, project space Post CS, Amsterdam, NL
Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE
Art Forum Berlin, Galerie Ron Mandos, Berlin, DE
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
Soakers, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE

2006
Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels, BE
Orde en Chaos Artstore, project space Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL
In het putje van Den Haag I: Champagnetherapie, Project Space Atelier als Supermedium, The Hague, NL

2005
Kunstrai, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Bronnen, Museum Kranenburgh, Bergen, NL
All Drawings, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL

2004
Nieuwe Aanwinsten, collectie CBK, Rotterdam, NL

COLLECTIONS
LUMC, Leiden, NL
Paul van Beek Landschapsarchitecten Amsterdam,NL
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam,NL
Jo Coenen Architecten,NL
Caldic Collectie,NL
COBRA Museum Amstelveen,NL
CBK/Artotheek The Hague and Rotterdam, NL
Private Collections: The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, USA, Spain
Axel Vervoordt, Belgium
Central Museum Utrecht, NL
Bouwfonds,NL