Monastery gardens Sculpture + Land art Show

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Detail of Memorials, ceramic tiles + a text

Detail of of our work, Memorials, ceramic tiles + a text

Sen cleans the tiles on our work Memorials with a sculpture by Theo van Keulen beyond

Sen cleans the tiles on our work Memorials with a sculpture by Theo van Keulen beyond

Opening: 14 June 2015, at 12.15 in the outdoor chapel in the gardens, Wittem klooster (Wittem Monastery), Wittemer Allee 32, 6286 AB, Wittem, The Netherlands

Wittem (google maps) is 15 km east of Maastricht, 15 km west of Aachen and 10 south-west of Heerlen.

“Verhalen + Herinneringen” (stories + memories) Sculpture in the gardens
curated by Ben van Kollenburg

14 June – 23 august, open daily.

De zomerexpositie 2015 wordt geopend op zondag 14 juni om 12.15 uur bij de openluchtkapel in de kloostertuin.

Van 14 juni t/m 23 augustus vindt er in de tuin van klooster Wittem de Zomerexpositie 2015 plaats. Het thema van deze jaarlijks terugkerende expositie is gebaseerd op ‘Verhalen en herinneringen’ .

Overal worden verhalen vertelt, ook in kloosters. Maar verhalen werden daar ook geboren. Verhalen die voort vloeiden uit voorwerpen, tradities en herinneringen. Religieuze maar ook algemene verhalen. Over het ontstaan en de geschiedenis van het kloosterleven. Over de (ge)bouwen en de bewoners. Over de ambachtelijke activiteiten zoals het brouwen van bier of het maken van kaas. Over Patroonheiligen en andere heiligen. Over bedevaarten en over de diensten die kloosters aan zieken en arme mensen verleenden. Zo heeft ieder klooster z’n eigen verhalen.

Zo ook Klooster Wittem. Over het ontstaan van de bedevaartbezoeken, de zorg en de functie van de kloostertuin, over de schitterende kapellen en over de prachtige bibliotheek, die herinnert aan de tijd dat Klooster Wittem seminarie was en opleidingsinstituut voor de redemptoristen. Alles heeft z’n verhaal, z’n herinnering en wordt op eigen wijze herdacht.

Door verhalen en herinneringen zijn de exposanten van Zomerexpositie 2015 geïnspireerd. Omdat iedere kunstenaar op eigen wijze beeld geeft aan zijn of haar inspiraties zal tijdens de Zomerexpositie 2015 naast installaties ook beelden, sculpturen en objecten te zien zijn, bestaande uit diverse materialen als metaal, hout, keramiek en vergankelijke materialen. Dit jaar wordt ook het TBC-huisje actief betrokken bij de expositie.

Kunstenaars | Artists
Theo van Keulen | Godelief Geurts | Marleen Rijvers | Marijke Strijbosch | Zjuul Devens | Els Borgers | Sonja van Kerkhoff | Sen McGlinn | Tatjana Brock | Lène Bueters | Carola Mokveld | Pollie Gregoor | Roosje Chini | Thea van Herpt | Marjolein Markink

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A multi-vision mediation – new installations

Multi-vision Mediation by Carmen + Sonja. Three screens showing the video "In the Lands of Knowledge" with branches from Chateau Bethlehem in Maastricht.

Multi-vision Mediation by Carmen + Sonja. Three screens showing the video “In the Lands of Knowledge” with branches from Chateau Bethlehem in Maastricht.

“A multi-vision meditation” is the working title for a new video installation by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff for the LIS-VHS-FE event.

Niek Hilkmann and Sandra Gnajtovic have made two new films using VHS and the evening will be a Leiden International Short -VHS- Festival Experience with a premiere of their new VHS films, plus a showing of Sonja’s VHS films made in the 1990’s and Carmen’s performance “Through the Window” which incorporates Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window” on VHS.

Still from "Transit in a green landscape" by Sen + Sonja with a detail of Sonja's work "Inland Soul at Sea"

Still from “Transit in a green landscape” by Sen + Sonja with a detail of Sonja’s work “Inland Soul at Sea”. Watch the 7 minute video on Youtube.


Elsewhere in the Aalmarkt Studio will be two site specific installations by Carmen and Sonja. One incorporating some of the Leiden International Short Festival Experience films and another which combines Sonja’s 2006 video “In The Lands of Knowledge” with branches recycled from the Land Art Maastricht event Sen and Sonja participated in May.

PROGRAMME

7 June, 2013
Aalmarkt 15B, Leiden

20-22:30

Carmen’s performance starts at 9 p.m.

Sonja’s videos and the site specific installations will run continuously from 8 p.m. onwards.

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)