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

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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)

Video installation / sculpture out of recycled materials

Viewed from above: a sculpture / video installation made from recycled materials on Jan 31st in Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.

Viewed from above: a sculpture / video installation made from recycled materials
on Jan 31st in Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.

Sen and Sonja were in New Plymouth, Aotearoa / New Zealand, to participate in the 4th SCANZ residency at WITT (The Western Institute of Technology Taranaki). Their project was to create a sculptural form for the 5 video work “Kāinga a roto” using recycled materials as much as could be possible. Thanks to use of Ans’ camper we were able to transport the leftover recycled wood from our Rotorua project. The wood for the arches was recycled from the Govett-Brewster Gallery undergoing renovations, and most of the cardboard came from a construction site.

Thanks to the help of many and the use of the WITT workshop, it was finished in time for the opening on Feb 2nd, in Puke Ariki (the Taranaki museum of natural history + ethnology) in New Plymouth.
More about this work as well as images of the finished work is here >>
 

The RAVE furniture

Jam Session on Jan 13th in Rotorua. Barry (on the reject seat to the right of the Table seat) Don (on the macrapapa seat) and Anna (on the retro bench).

Jam Session on Jan 13th in Rotorua. Barry (on the “Reject” seat, so called, because it had borer in the wood) to the right of the “Table” seat) Don (on the “Macrapapa” seat) and Anna (on the “Retro” bench).

Sen’s art residency was to create new stuff out of old wood or old furniture donated by the citizens of Rotorua.
Sen flanked by a musician and a yoga practitioner

Sen flanked by a musician and a yoga practitioner


Here are the results of this. For the Jan 13th Hot Lakes Craft Fair we took the chairs outside and a jam session ensued courtesy of Don C (on Martin guitar), Anna on ukelele, and Barry on harmonica.

Sen’s proposal was to make a sculptural gazebo or temple form from diverse seats a bit like the June 2012 project however in response to the wood we ended up with, we made furniture (Sonja made the “Macrapapa” seat and Sen made all the other items. In the end 9 seats (benches or chairs) and one vanity were created.

>> The blog about Sen’s first three chairs
>> Sen’s proposal with illustrations
>> Our final project at RAVE: The exhibition, “Portraits of the Spirit – Ngā Whakaahua o te Wairua”

Sen’s RAVE chairs 22 December 2012

Three of Sen's RAVE chairs with three of the RAVE 2012/13 artist in residence, Anna Borrie, Sen McGlinn and  Fabiola Barba, in front of the Rotorua Art Village studios.

Sen’s first three RAVE chairs and three of the RAVE 2012/13 artist in residence:
Anna Borrie, Sen McGlinn and Fabiola Barba, in front of the Rotorua Art Village studios.


Sen's seat in front of the Rotorua Art Village. Photo: Fabiola Barba

Sen’s seat in front of the Rotorua Art Village. Photo: Fabiola Barba


Twins from Denver, Colorado in one of Sen's seats at RAVE.

Twins from Denver, Colorado,
try out one of Sen’s seats at RAVE.

Sen is in residence at the Rotorua Art VillagE (info about RAVE) until Jan 17th with a brief return around Jan 22-24.

Come in any time (official hours are Monday to Saturday
11 – 3 p.m.
when all 8 artists are in action in their studios, but we are open from around 9 to 10 pm) for a sit down or to bring some of your broken furniture for a new lease of life.

By Jan 5th a schedule will be posted of the activities (talks, club and society meetings) planned to happen inside the circle of chairs at RAVE (googlemaps link) 1240 Hinemaru St (corner of Hinemoa St) between the Rotorua Museum and the Polynesian Spa. Tel: 07 – 3489008 (ask for Sen if you are offering wood or old furniture and ring for a long time if ringing outside of office hours so we have time to get to the phone).

See the Sculpture for Community Spirit blog
(5 Nov 2012) for more about this project of Sen’s.