The Life of Why + the “Janssen” family flower

Old Man in boat irons past Chateau Bethlehem

Old Man in boat irons past Chateau Bethlehem

The "Janssen" family flower by Sonja van Kerkhoff in the Chateau Bethlehem moat.

The “Janssen” family flower by Sonja van Kerkhoff
in the Chateau Bethlehem moat.

14 May: Day 5 of Land Art Maastricht

We had to move everything out of the rain as quickly as possible. The fastest way to do this was to put everything into the boat and to tow it.

It became a performance:
Old man: Sen McGlinn
Driver: Guido Ancion
Camera: Sonja van Kerkhoff

Each ‘flower’ is a creation out of the plastic rubbish given to me. So the “Janssen” flower hails from the Janssen family trash. So far I have bred “Tama,” “Carmen,” “Carla,” “Denise,” and “Janssen” flowers from litter.

To Day 6 of Land Art Maastricht

More Land Art Maastricht + a some plastic

Reinier van der Meer's sculpture at Land Art Maastricht

Reinier van der Meer‘s sculpture at Land Art Maastricht

13 May 2013, Day 4

Reinier van der Meer starts to build his sculpture at Land Art Maastricht while in front of the Chateau Hans Vernooij + Johannes Gérard worked on a site specific intervention in the middle of the lawn.

 

Reinier van der Meer's sculpture in progress viewed from the east of the Chateau grounds.

Reinier van der Meer’s sculpture in progress viewed from the east of the Chateau grounds.

Sonja irons trash at Land Art Maastricht.

Sonja irons trash at Land Art Maastricht.

First they arranged for a circular area to be left ‘blank’ by the groundsmen.
And then they wheeled wheelbarrows of twigs and branches.

Meanwhile Sen continued to add branches to our arabesque dome while I got out the ironing board and finished ironing Carmen’s trash.

Then I laid the “Carmen” flower out in the moat.

Sonja litters with art in the chateau moat.

Sonja litters with art in the chateau moat.

To Day 5.

The potato eaters at Chateau Bethlehem, Day 3

12 May 2013, Land Art Maastricht, Day 3

The potato eaters at Chateau Bethlehem, Willem (left) and Guido (right)

The potato eaters at Chateau Bethlehem, Willem Fermont (left) and Guido Ancion (right) prepare the ground
for Willem’s installation “Einstein’s Jaarringen” (Einstein’s Growth Rings).


Site specific installation by Guido Ancion at Land Art Maastricht, 12 May 2013

Site specific (Tree Slices) installation in progress by Guido Ancion at Land Art Maastricht, 12 May 2013


"Tama" a floating flower form made out of plastic donated by Tama McGlinn.

“Tama” a floating flower form made out of plastic donated by Tama McGlinn.


After the radio interview for “Timo à la Carte” (information online in Dutch) in the Maastricht ‘het landhuis’ an alternative space for cultural and ecological initiatives, I then set out the first ‘garbage’ flower, “Tama.” Each flower is named after the person whose plastic litter I use.

More about Land Art Maastricht is here. Go back to Day 1 on this blog or to Day 4.

Land Art Maastricht, Day 2

Chateau Bethlehem, the Hotel School main campus with an installation by Teja Galjaard-Kessels.

Chateau Bethlehem, the Hotel School main campus with an installation
by Teja Galjaard-Kessels.

11 May 2013

Sen and Sonja gave an presentation this afternoon and showed the video Transit in a green landscape. This was an intervention at the Tahora Folk Festival in Aotearoa | New Zealand. A transition of red across green incorporating five “Kaimanawa” horses. More about this happening is here or watch the 7 minute video on Youtube.

We weren’t able to do much more to our ‘arabesque dome’ (our working title) because of the rain and so Sonja got the iron out and started to iron the litter she’d collected. See Day three for more.

Land Art Maastricht, Day 1

Sen and Sonja start a new sculpture in the grounds of Chateau Bethlehem, for Land Art Maastricht

Sen and Sonja start a new sculpture in the grounds of Chateau Bethlehem, for Land Art Maastricht.

Artists at work at Land Art Maastricht

Artists at work at Land Art Maastricht. In the foreground Sjoerd Schwibettus (Arnhem).

22 artists from seven countries came to work for 9 days to make site specific sculptures in the grounds of Chateau Bethlehem, which is currently used by as a campus for the Maastricht Hotel School.
See the website for a listing of the artists.

Between 4 and 6 each afternoon are artist presentations.
Today Johannes Gérard (Berlin) and Paul Hoftijzer (NL) presented their work.
To day two >>

“Prayer Wheels” in Leiden outdoor bicycle art route

"Prayer Wheels" (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff for the "Velo-Signatuur" Leiden art bicycle route

“Prayer Wheels” (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and
Sonja van Kerkhoff for the “Velo-Signatuur” Leiden art bicycle route

Detail: "Prayer Wheels" (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff showing three of the prayers

Detail: “Prayer Wheels” (Gebeds twee-wieler) by Carmen McGlinn and
Sonja van Kerkhoff showing three of the prayers. Prayers from Christian, Baha’i, Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu traditions in Dutch, English, Greek or Māori can be read on the cloth ‘banners.’

Prayer Wheels - Gebeds twee-wieler by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff

Prayer Wheels – Gebeds twee-wieler by Carmen McGlinn +
Sonja van Kerkhoff at Lammerschans, south of the inner city.

“Prayer Wheels”

(Gebeds twee-wieler)

by Carmen and Sonja

for the

“Velo-Signatuur”

Leiden art bicycle route

18 May – 9 June 2013

This bicycle needed new tyres and so inspired by the use of wood on bicycles during World War Two due to a shortage of rubber, we recycled short pieces of wood. These wooden blocks have two functions. They force you to ‘cycle’ slowly and they make a sound.

The cotton ‘sails’ inserted into the wheels and, bearing prayers from diverse religious traditions are written in various languages.

The clapping sounds made as the wheels turn sound like a cross between a horse trot and Tibetan prayer wheels. To use this bicycle, you walk with it, slowly, as a meditation, until the rhythm of tapping wood and slow spinning of prayers, takes you into another realm.

Soon a map will be available indicating where these 28 bicycles are located
around the inner city of Leiden. Meer over dit project>>

Our bicycle will be located outside Galerie de Pieter, Breestraat 46, Leiden. (see google maps)

Kunst (en andere) strips – 20 april t/m 26 mei 2013

Ik weet dat je me lief hebt, en ik heb jou lief (moeder en zoon) I know that you love me, and I love you too (mother and son). Laserprint transparencies, 2013

First Twitters. twelve waterproof paper shapes, a branch, lighting and a text by Sen McGlinn and Sonja van Kerkhoff

First Twitters, 12 watervast papier vormen, een tak uit Maastricht, belichting en tekst
van Sen McGlinn en Sonja van Kerkhoff

Alles en wat in aanleiding van de ‘strip.’ Letterlijk, figuratief en conceptueel.
“Hoewel het nog te vroeg is om dat te kunnen zeggen is volgens sommigen de strip de kunstvorm van deze eeuw. Hoe het ook zij, strips, zelf opgegroeid met beeldende kunst, zijn nu volwassen, strips zijn zelf kunst geworden.
In ‘Kunst en (andere) strips’ worden strips geëxposeerd samen met (andere) kunst waar op de een of andere manier aan te zien is dat ‘striptaal’ zich niet meer beperkt tot strips.
Ongeveer zoals de strip gebruik maakt van (andere) kunst.”

OPENING: 19 april, 20 uur, Galerie de Pieter (www.galeriedepieter.nl)

Breestraat 46 (google maps)
2311 CS Leiden
Openingstijden: za-zo van 13.00 tot 17.00 uur.

Detail of First Twitters, by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013

Detail of First Twitters, by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff, 2013


deelnemers: Loes van Dorp, Angelique van Grootel, Albo Helm, Rob Visje, Pieter van Tongeren, Ben Overdevest, Arjenne Fakkel, Ben van Kempen, Danielle Celie, Ondine de Kroon, Barthel Brussee, Cornelis Prick, Lotte Klaver, Tim Juffermans, Jaap van Dorp, Marie-José van der Klugt, Michel van Dam, Boudewijn Schrijver, Astrid Moors, Sonja van Kerkhoff + Sen McGlinn.

Ik weet dat je me lief hebt, en ik heb jou lief (moeder en zoon) I know that you love me, and I love you too (mother and son). Laserprint transparencies, 2013

Ik weet dat je me lief hebt, en ik heb jou lief (moeder en zoon)
Laserprint, 6 stukken, editie van 19, 2013, van Sen + Sonja. Te koop voor 50 euro per paar.

Meer over de negen werken (waarvan 3 zijn net klaar) wij hebben in dit expositie komt, in een Engelstalig blog.