ABOUT THE FAIR

Kunsthal Citroën

ON SHOW AT BOOTH 35
> Inti Hernandez
Lives and works in Amsterdam, NL and Havana, Cuba
Hernandez sees art as a medium to create conversation and dialogue. The very nature of his work embodies collaboration. He explores meanings and triggers reflection through his artistic process and through the interaction with those who engage with his work. The more ideas are adopted as another’s subject, the more energy they gather and the more they connect to something fundamental. When ideas mange to create conversations they become something undeniable.

> Rik Smits Lives and works in The Hague, NL
Rik Smits studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague. His work shows the contrast between religion and capitalism, depicted in scenery of architectural landscapes. These landscapes show the contours of an imaginary city, which breathes the human ambition towards power and status. The large-scale buildings remind of the industrial utopias that prevailed in the human mind, but failed to shine or provide peace and humanity in the real world. On show are his most recent drawings and sculptures. 

> Renie Spoelstra Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL
The intention of the huge charcoal drawings of Spoelstra is to let the viewer experience an atmosphere of deliberate apathy; hours and days go by in a split second, every moment frozen in time and every moment equal to the other. Consequently, characteristics of actual observations are diminished, making the unique more common and indefinite, so that they can function as a substitute for many similar places. Her works are included in collections as Dreyfus Family, Vervoordt, Guerlain, Nederlandsche Bank, Caldic, Picardie France and many more.

> Levi van Veluw Lives and works in Amsterdam, NL
Levi van Veluw studied at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Since graduating in 2007, he has produced multi- disciplinary works that include photographs, videos, sculptures, installations and drawings. His works has been showcased in many different locations across Europe and the United States, earning him a number of nominations and awards. Included in numerous prominent private and publicly held collections worldwide. 

ALSO ON SHOW | BEELD curated by Joost Declercq and Karel Schampers 
>> Rik Smits

>> Renato Nicolodi Lives and works in Borchtlombeek, BE
The architectural work of Nicolodio is monumental. The artist is inspired by classical architecture, which he uniquely processes. It is only when the viewer steps into the work and inspects it from close range, that he can obtain a clearer understanding of the work, as if he invited to take part in a visual and physical search with in the architectonic forms.

 

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ABOUT Inti Hernandez

Inti Hernandez lives and works in between Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Havana (Cuba).

The work of Inti Hernandez is embedded in the philosophy wherein life is defined as a perpetual flow of energy. In his view the question is no longer, “What can I pick out of this flow of energy to my personal liking and benefit?” but, "What could I contribute to this flow of life that is still missing?" Hernandez believes that by finding answers to this question your ideas will always be welcome and will allow you something in return.

Hernandez sees art as a medium to create conversation and dialogue. The very nature of his work embodies collaboration. He explores meanings and triggers reflection through his artistic process and through the interaction with those who engage with his work. The more ideas are adopted as another’s subject, the more energy they gather and the more they connect to something fundamental. When ideas mange to create conversations they become something undeniable.

Architecture and Industrial design are both disciplines very much interconnected with daily life. In his work Hernandez plays with their language and with their multidisciplinary habits. By doing so he ensures a special flavour of common sense in his results. Through this process Hernandez obtains vital impute out of the dialogue with people, their dreams, ideas, necessities, priorities, spontaneity and initiative. He sees art as an established institution, which can be developed into business cases and showcases so that many other interests can participate with it- supporting it and being supported by it and thus gaining a benefit from it.

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ABOUT Renato Nicolodi

The architectural work of Nicolodi is clearly monumental. The artist is inspired by classical architecture, which he uniquely processes. It is only when the viewer steps onto the work and inspects it from close range, that he can obtain a clearer understanding of the work, as if he is invited to take part in a visual and physical search within the architectonic forms he has created. Different vantage points and views reveal subtle games of light gradations with the constantly recurring subjective black space, that remains inaccessible for the viewer, coaxing one into reflection. Pure formalistic language is given an almost sacred priority.

Renato Nicolodi's work can be found in Moma San Francisco, collection of the province of Oost- Vlaanderen (BE), collection of the province of Vlaams-Brabant (BE), collection of the city of Genk (BE), collection of the city of Lokeren (BE), Achmea collection (NL), collectie of Houthoff Buruma (NL), the Design Vlaanderen Collection (BE) and many international private collections.

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ABOUT Renie Spoelstra

 

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.

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