ABOUT THE FAIR

NDSM-werf | Amsterdam-Noord

From Thursday 18 until and including Sunday 21 September, the third edition of the yearly art fair for gouaches, aquarelles, charcoal, pen and ink on paper will take place in Amsterdam. Amsterdam Drawing is the place for young talents and for (inter)national established artists to meet and expose. Fifty national and international galleries from eight different countries will participate in Amsterdam Drawing 2014. The location is the same as last year: a temporary pavilion on the NDSM-werf in Amsterdam-Noord.

From the beginning Amsterdam Drawing has been a great success. Visitors are especially charmed and pleased by the dynamic and specific character of the art fair. National and international Press praise the consistent high quality and versatility of the artworks as well as the intimate atmosphere. A very well-known art connoisseur even described the previous editions as ‘a concert for chamber music’. Last year about 5.000 people visited the fair. The defined area of works on paper has a dedicated group of followers around the world. To many artists, paper is a favourite carrier and to a smaller group it is the only carrier. The fact that a drawing, collage, water colour or painting on paper necessarily brings the artist physically closer to the material he or she uses results in an intimate experience for the viewer.

Amsterdam Drawing is not only intended for collectors who are interested in works on paper by young and established artists, it also wants to bring contemporary art on paper to the attention of a wider audience. Works on paper are often less expensive than sculptures, photographs or paintings on canvas, and are mostly smaller in size. As such they are accessible to art buyers who have just started out or who have small homes.

New this year…
My First Drawing, an initiative to help starting (young) collectors. Each participating gallery has been asked to bring an artwork that will cost up to a maximum of € 500.-,. These works will be presented on a large 20 meter long wall directly by the entrance of the art fair.

AD2014 XL organized and housed by Nieuw Dakota, also situated on the NDSM-werf next to VOUS ETES ICI. In this exhibition, 15 galleries of Amsterdam Drawing will present large format works of one of their artists. De ‘smallest’ work of 154 x 156 cm – is by Carel Visser from Rentro Bratting | galerie; de largest work  of 300 x 460 cm – is by Peter Feiler from Galerie Ron Mandos.

ABOUT Anthony Goicolea

Anthony Goicolea (USA, 1971) is a first-generation Cuban American artist. He grew up in the Deep South of the United States of America, in the midst of the Cuban refugee crises, coupled with the advent of the AIDS crises, and the rise of the religious right. Goicolea was socially stigmatised for being Cuban, gay, and Catholic. These circumstances brought about a heightened awareness of social constructs, and the changing nature of identity in politics – a theme that continually influences his work. Goicolea explores themes ranging from personal history and identity, cultural tradition and heritage, to alienation and displacement.

The backbone of Goicolea’s practice is painting and photography. The key process of painting is a combina- tion of inks, paints, graphite, and enamel applied directly on layers of Mylar. By painting front and back layers of semi-translucent frosted Mylar lm, he adds and subtracts areas of varying opaqueness.

In the series “Anonymous Self-Portraits” displayed at Galerie Ron Mandos, Goicolea paints sexually ambiguous gures caught between various states of dress. Many of the faces are obscured by large elds of white oil paint, roughly corresponding to shifting shapes of clothing. These architectural shapes abruptly divide the body and simultaneously conceal and unveil key components of traditional portraiture. The identity of each sitter lies in the body language and gesture rather than on facial recognition. The feature of a gnarled hand, a twisted arm, or a hunched shoulder are the identifying factors that characterises each (seemingly) anonymous portrait as that of an individual sitter with his own unique, personal identity.

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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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