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Solo show: André van Bergen - Ring my bell! (over)

14 April 2007 until 19 May 2007
  André van Bergen - Ring my bell!
André van Bergen
  Ellen de Bruijne Projects

Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Rozengracht 207a
1016 LZ Amsterdam
Netherlands (city map)

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André van Bergen

Opening Sat. 14 April 17.00 – 19.00 h.
Exhibition 14 April – 19 May
Open: Tue – Sat 13.00 – 18.00 h.
1st Sun o/t month 14.00 – 17.00 h.


A film runs before the mind’s eye
: a man sets off in the night, he pisses up against the glass façade of a giant office block, paying tribute to the life lived here. On his violin he plays America (from Leonard Bernsteins West Side Story). The music cries. He takes off.

Basic physical actions form the artistic ingredients for André van Bergens work. Taking off, bracing yourself, pushing someone away: these are the kind of acts transformed into art pieces, that one encounters here. Actually his oeuvre pivots around self-preservation in a positive sense: a fabric of thoughts and deeds that aim to address and embrace an essential human core in a world that is all too willing to claim the enormous energy of that same core for itself...

Ellen de Bruijne Projects presents an exhibition of two works, Dummies and Ring my bell! The second, site specific work confronts the visitor of the gallery space with the rules of the house.

The first work is milder, or so it seems at first, but it focuses poignantly at the issue of interdependency and solidarity, the extent to which people in businesslike constellations – here artists and art mediators – are left to the tender mercies of one another and thus to, well, what really?

Apart from that, the artist also plays in an experimental rock band that is doing very well.

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