I started this year with painting still lives in my studio. It made me very concious of being inside, I had to go outside and see new things. I decided to go to the south of France. Because I could, because new things to paint and because it was at least 10 degrees warmer overthere. Lalala!
The paintings I made are in the twelve large windows of the lawyers office Cleerdin & Hamer in De Pijp in Amsterdam.
Friday May 10 we had a very festive and nice opening. For everyone who was there: THANK YOU, it was so nice to have you all there. And for everyone who couldn’t make it, go see the works, they will be there until August.
Van der Helstplein 3,
outside in front of Cleerdin & Hamer,
De Pijp, Amsterdam
On June 16 en 17 I had a two day guerilla exhibition with my good friend and colleage Carolien Wissing in the largest warehouse we could find. The Kromhouthallen in Amsterdam noord. We experimented with a new way of involving people. As a visitor, you did’nt just walk around and watch our works, like in a museum or gallery, you had to interfere. By putting rusty iron cubes around steal poles on the wooden pallets by each artwork, you could show other visitors and us, which works you liked. An area in the huge hall was arranged as a living room where you could hang a work of choise on the wall to see how it would suit you. Click on the pictures to see full picture report.
Because we showed how it could be done, we got a lot of media attention. Many bloggers wrote about this, lots of tweets and shoutouts on FaceBook. But we allso got the attention of several printed newspapers and ART RAW was subject in different radioshows.
The special thing was, while everybody is talking about crisis, two girls did an enormous show, WITHOUT SPONSORS OR SUBSIDIES and gave away an experience to an audience that really participated in a way curators only dream about. We had over four hundred visitors who all had a good time. We found the perfect way to show our works, we worked our butts off and it payed off. I really believe that artists are the ones who are creative enough to make it happen, the last ones to be bothered by crisis and we are the ones who can show you the beauty of it all while others are letting their heads down.
1 Because I want everyone to be able to see my work without having to go to a gallery, museum or my studio. I think art should be out on the streets for everyone to see.
2 Because I want to make the city a little prettier.
3 Because I hate the way everything is getting regulated and boring around me. It feels like people like to march and live in a clean city without any surprises. What the F is going on with everyone?
4 Because I like the rush of things, everything else bores the # out of me.
These are only a handful, if you click on the pictures you will see more. (a lot more) (almost a hundred now)
On May 13th, the Amsterdam Museum organized a portrait event with my work. I painted the faces of everyone who wanted his or her portrait done. Wienzebek stylee. Here are some of the results.
Click on the pictures to see all the results.
So when I was playing an game with my followers and practicing my portrait skills with theri ava’s, everyone got all excited about it. Instead of being sued for using peoples picture without asking, I was being interviewed, filmed, asked to come to a tv show to talk about #wienzebek. Strange things happen when you are having fun. The downside of all this is, that now that everybody knows what I do and everyone wants to be chosen to be portrayed, I have too many followers which makes the whole game almost impossible.
I am very proud of this enormous interview in MISTER MOTLEY, an art magazine that I used to read a lot while I was at the art academy.
Aahyeah! A daily game on Twitter!
I’m practicing my portrait skills by using all my followers on Twitter as models. I paint their ava (only when it is really their face) and everyone can guess who’s face (wienzebek) I painted.
It’s great fun, I get a lot of practice, have an audience and lot’s of beautiful models.
I suddenly get a lot closer to the people behind the tweets. I get to know them by their reactions and by studying them. And they are beautiful….
Click here for a full pitcure report. (be ready to get blown away)